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.I was mildly entertained throughout, yet there was a spark missing at the heart of this film that should have carried me through that simply wasnâ(TM)t there. It also sorely missed Burtonâ(TM)s trademark style, leaving it to largely feel like palatable studio machinery the longer you sit with it.
It's unsettling as they come, but its artistic/symbolic reach mixes poorly with its sarcastic lampoons of the genre, combining into a bizarre mish-mash that demands that you take it more seriously than it takes itself before copping out in a frustrating ending that spoils its own thematic relevancy.
Deeply unsettling yet somehow joyous, Festen celebrates the simplicity of cinema by digging into the complexity of human drama in the most satisfying way possible.
An exciting pseudo-twist on the Marvel formula, this flick makes the most of its roots and turns heads with visual flair and emotional punches in a way that feels genuine thanks largely to Larsen's charisma and the smart use of indie drama talent in the directors' chairs.
Deftly juggling lots of tones and topics, Lee makes some important points but tends to get too lost in the lightness of it all to deliver some of the emotional blows he's aiming for.
An admirable work of tone and style over substance, and yet the flaws are deeply human and sympathetic; in this way the film becomes a bizarre embodiment of its protagonist, confused about what its purpose is in the first place. But this is part of what makes it so strangely engaging.
A brisk, taut survival thriller with some of the most intense physical acting I've seen from Mikkelsen, yet it flubs the ending in the most generic, manipulative way possible.
As bizarre and frustrating as it is engaging, this is a film that's aged quite well into a time of irony and hyper-brutality.
An unsettling look into our connection with technology, this film weaves some fantastic technical work with an emotional grip like few others thanks to some incredible performances on both sides of the camera.
A few key scenes transcend this violent tale above its simplistic roots and into something truly meaningful and memorable.
Wedged strangely between Scandinavian humor and Hollywood storytelling, Cold Pursuit is a strangely unique and funny film that doesn't end quite right, but is more than worth the ride.
With tons of unexpected twists and turns and emotional beats, The Second Part may not be as funny as its predecessor, but its just as if not more moving and brilliant.
A surprisingly moving portrait of life, and while it takes a while to get going, its decision to stay personal rather than political pays off big time.
Adept in visual storytelling but today this kind of film feels as a prototype for more deeply felt and affecting stories told today.
A gorgeous and deep character study that illuminates a powerful moment in history with the most moving performances, cinematography, and editing I've seen in a silent film.
A surprisingly thoughtful and deep portrayal of a man who we become strangely invested in. The film only falters when it stops letting us into his head to guess why heâ(TM)s doing what heâ(TM)s doing. Combine that with some gleefully on the nose symbolism, fantastic editing, and killer performances, and you got yourself a surprisingly worthy Best Picture nom.
A poignant character study that works far better than most biopics simply because it doesnâ(TM)t get too caught up in its own importance, First Man has a lot to say about an emotionally stunted time period while delivering some incredibly shot sequences that more than make up for some strange pacing problems throughout.
There's visual grace and a vague sense of purpose throughout, but as a conclusion it feels like it has nothing to do with either of its much better installments.
Plowing through a major tone shift in the final act, Shoplifters still manages to be a loving and poignant rumination on family and loss.