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Anomalisa
Anomalisa (2015)
29 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Seven years have passed since Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut "Synecdoche New York", a polarizing gem that has been labeled both one of the best films of the 2000s and one of the most pretentious films in recent memory. But regardless Kaufman's second film still managed to receive quite the acclaim despite being an animated movie (regardless of my/your opinion it is a fact that professional critics don't hold the animation genre on high regard). Is "Anomalisa" another stroke of genius from Kaufman?

Michael Stone is an almost celebrity level customer service expert who has published some well received books. Promoting his latest book he travels to Ohio in order to held a convention. However Michael suffers from a quite peculiar problem: He perceives every single person as the same as they all have the same face and the voice, regardless of their genre or age.

When you earn a reputation of being a creative genius that thinks outside of the box I would assume that keeping that reputation must be quite the task, but fortunately Kaufman still manages to impress with his writing abilities and his first animated feature is proof of that. "Anomalisa" counts with a peculiar but quite effective and unique animation style (which for someone who operates 3D printers often, they look quite impressive and can only imagine how many hours and copies it took to get to the end result), spot on voice acting with the stand out being Jennifer Jason Leigh, the story is quite simple but it is effective, the characters are interesting, and the theme of monotony and loneliness is so perfectly executed. With all that praise out of the way, Kaufman's second directorial work is another example of his inexperience as it suffers from the same problems that "Synecdoche New York" had: Overabundance of ideas and pacing issues. Charlie really needs an experienced or confident director (which Duke Johnson clearly isn't) who could streamline his ideas.

"Anomalisa" is another creative masterpiece from the mind of Charlie Kaufman but it is also another example that shows he needs an experienced director to guide him. A beautiful, well made, thought provoking and, most of all, human stop motion film that shows that Kaufman is still the greatest writer working in the industry today.

The Discovery
The Discovery (2017)
31 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In recent years Netflix has become a production company that has crafted some of the most acclaimed series of its time ("House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black" and "Stranger Things") but now they are trying to produce and distribute feature films. After his limited released directorial debut, Malcom McDowell┤s son, newcomer director Charlie McDowell, was given the change to craft a more ambitious and overall bigger project. Is this a good follow up by McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader?

Thomas Harbor is a scientist that has changed the world due to his discovery: He scientifically proved the existence of the afterlife. This information has provoked massive suicides around the globe but regardless Thomas is now obsessed with showing the world what's waiting for us in the afterlife.

After being impressed with McDowell┤s directorial debut "The One I Love", I was looking forward to watching his next film, and after I learned that I would have Rooney Mara and Robert Redford I was excited, but sadly the end result was quite the disappointment. "The Discovery" counts with solid acting by Mara and Redford, and its story is full of possibilities and moral dilemmas. Sadly this film is filled with problems that completely outshine its promising premise. Jason Segel shows that he can't work as a dramatic actor, the pacing is off, the character motivations are nonexistent (outside of Redford┤s character), as the story progresses it becomes more and more predictable and clichÚ, the characters aren't interesting, and the finale is quite obvious but as you start to deduce it you also start wishing that you are mistaken, as it doesn't make sense and makes the whole moral dilemma rather pointless. Sure, "The One I Loved" also suffered from an ending that didn't make sense but the themes were untouched and the story remained interesting until the end credits, but here the premise loses all power at the 20 minute mark and the ending not only destroys the theme but it also becomes unintentionally laughable.

"The Discovery" is quite a step down from the promising yet flawed "The One I Loved". While it starts with promise, the unexperienced/overambitious direction and its script issues completely break the movie apart. For a movie about the afterlife, it is kind of appropriate that it is quite lifeless.

Anguish
Anguish (1988)
32 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When it comes to Spanish filmmakers, the go to director is Pedro Almodˇvar but another Spanish director that had a notable career and even launched Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz┤s careers: Bigas Luna.

John is an ophthalmologist┤s assistant who is quite inept at his job. Back at home his overprotecting mother Alice hypnotizes him and orders him to murder his patients and retrieve their eyes.

When it comes to "foreign movies" (aka non USA movies), not only does the language differ but most importantly the style is completely different. Regarding horror movies the aesthetic is quite different from the jump-scare and focused on body count of USA style, so it's no wonder why I enjoyed "Anguish" as much as I did. "Anguish" counts with a fantastically clever storytelling, a peculiar story (any movie that starts with a warning saying that it will subject the audience to mild hypnosis and mild subliminal messages has my attention, even if it turns out to be bullshit) which premise reminds me of "Demons", Luna┤s direction is quite clever as he seamlessly confuses the audience by blending the line of fiction and reality, it has some creepy imagery, and overall is quite fun to watch. But even if this is a clever and fun film, it has major pacing issues. By the time the third act starts, the film ran out of ideas.

"Anguish" is an intriguing, clever and highly enjoyable horror film that stands out in its genre. While it isn't anything groundbreaking, as I said it is quite similar to "Demons", it is a horror movie worth watching.

Logan
Logan (2017)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

In 2000, Bryan Singer revolutionized the superhero genre with "X-Men", and launched Hugh Jackman's career. But after 17 years, it seems that the X-Men property is about to be rebooted due to the critical and commercial disappointment that was "X-Men Apocalypse" and the humongous success that "Deadpool" was, so it seems fitting that Jackman decided to call it a day as Wolverine by giving fans what they have demand for years: An R rated Wolverine film. Is "Logan" as good as many claim it is?

In 2029, mutant are at the edge of extinction as no mutant has been born in 25 years (a la "Children of Men"). In this situation, Logan is terminally ill (all of the sudden he no longer heals well) and hiding as a limousine driver that tries his best to stay out of trouble, but one day a Mexican woman approaches him with a task.

With the hype of Jackman's last performance as Wolverine, people have been calling this one of the best superhero films ever made (some have made the ludicrous claim of saying it surpasses "The Dark Knight") and the best X-Men film, and while I will agree that it is quite a solid film and a stupendous goodbye for Jackman, I will argue that the film doesn't live up to the hype. "Logan" counts with solid performances with the best being Jackman himself and newcomer Dafne Keen (even with the annoying screams, she makes the premise work), the cinematography quite impressively creates a western vibe, the action sequences are mostly great, it flawlessly mixes a western with a road trip, the violence isn't gratuitous, and it is quite entertaining. But the problems this film has are both directing and writing. Mangold's directing is so lackluster on the character moments as they come off as hollow, but he is still committed on making them work thus creating pacing problems. The script is so predictable, full of recycled ideas, it goes for the lowest common denominator as not only does it spoon feeds the audience but it tries so hard to be sentimental and it fails spectacularly, and it is quite lazy at times (starting from the fact that Wolverine now has Itachi disease). But the biggest problem this movie has is the lack of a character arc for Logan, even if the presence of kid makes the arc quite obvious, as this would have been the time when he finally has one but they never commit to the idea.

"Logan" is a solid movie that suffers from major writing issues but still manages to be a quality summer blockbuster in a time when they are not as common as they should. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart go out on a high note as this is arguably the best film of the franchise (I would say it is runner up to "First Class", but to each his own).

Allied
Allied (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Robert Zemeckis is known for being a man that tries to push the boundaries of CGI, a screenwriter that loves simplicity and audience pleasing sentimentality. While a couple of times he has tried to be more dramatic ("Cast Away", "The Walk", "Contact" and "Flight") most of the time he is still is sappy. Is this a solid and more mature film from Zemeckis?

In the latter half of WWII Max is a Canadian spy who is tasked to kill an important German ambassador. In order to achieve his objective, he is paired with Marianne, a French spy, in order to act as a married couple, but as time goes on both of them may like the idea of being a couple.

I have always considered Zemeckis to be a Spielberg apprentice or wannabe, so I'm quite surprised that it took him decades to make a WWII film, a ground where Spielberg is quite successful, but sadly Zemeckis is unable to give a solid film set in that period. "Allied" counts with a dysfunctional couple of protagonists, as Marion Cotillard gives her all in her performance while Brad Pitt gives one of his worst performances yet, a story that tries to be everything at once thus failing spectacularly (from "Mr & Mrs Smith" to "Sleeping with the Enemy" and even tries to be "Casablanca"), Zemeckis' direction feels uninspired, the script is mediocre, and overall it is quite boring. The only positive is that the production design is beautiful.

"Allied" is a tedious, boring and slow film that fails at being a wartime romance due to its by the numbers script, it's unbelievable romance and Brad Pitt's acting.