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Trespass Against Us
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I saw this film at TIFF 2016. It was probably one of the most offbeat and unique films I have ever seen. It is centred around the Cutler family, who are part of a travelling community, which is something I have never encountered on screen. Yet, at the heart of the film is a universal theme that is so relatable: The struggle to do right by one's children out of a desire for them to have a better life. Michael Fassbender's performance as Chad Cutler is exceptionally moving. He gives this character, although a criminal, a strong sense of humanity. He conveys Chad's conflicting desires to stay loyal to his family, while wanting to leave a life of crime to provide a better future for his children, with clarity. Brendan Gleeson, who plays Chad's father, should also be commended. He switches from a humorous, easygoing father, to a man you'd never want to turn against. Overall, an excellent film that stands out mainly due to some really heartfelt performances.

Unbroken (2014)
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To continue with my apparent biopic streak, Unbroken is a film about the unbelievable life of Louis Zamperini, a war veteran and Olympic athlete. After watching this film, I did something that I have never done before: I read Hillenbrand's novel of the same name AFTER seeing it. After doing so, my opinion of the film was slightly changed. I had issues with Angelina Jolie's direction, which in some ways watered down the intensity that I expected the film to have (the film was beautifully shot nonetheless). I also wished that there was more focus on Zamperini's adjustment to life and struggles with PTSD after returning home, rather than a few sentences discussing it at the end of the film that glossed over it. But the truly outstanding force in the film is Jack O'Connell. He captures Zamperini's relentless resilience and drive for survival, and gives a very striking and emotional performance. O'Connell has a way of fearlessly pushing himself to the edge emotionally, and that clearly showed here. Miyavi's chilling performance as The Bird is also impressive. These performances and the inspiring depiction of Louis Zamperini's fight in the midst of extreme and horrible conditions make the film worth watching. But it could have been so much more.

Foxcatcher (2014)
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An in-depth character study of Mark and David Schultz, two real-life wrestling brothers, and John DuPont, a millionaire who has a desire to coach them. I had some issues with the pacing of the film, as it felt void of any kind of movement of the plot at times, but it did get me to focus more on the motivations of and conflicts between the characters. Firstly, Bennett Miller's direction was excellent, as he creates a tense and chilling atmosphere that foreshadows the film's tragic end. What contributes to the sense of unease is Steve Carell's John DuPont, as he visually appears to look emotionless and creepy; yet, he yearns for his mother's approval. Carell, along with Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, give some truly raw and incredible performances. I was particularly surprised by Tatum, who really performed Mark's desperation to succeed and lowest moments with such intensity.

The Imitation Game
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A stand-out film of 2014, The Imitation Game gives the audience a powerful insight into the life of Alan Turing. Cumberbatch is exceptionally moving, as he captures Alan's brilliance, anxieties, and pain in a poignant and realistic manner. The film was masterfully shot by Tyldum, and explores ideas of love, intelligence, and ostracism, while giving a painful glimpse into the criminalization of homosexuality. Turing's contributions to science were substantial and need to be remembered, and this film does a good job of illuminating his importance.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
23 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I was not entirely supportive of the decision to split the third, final book into two films, as I thought it would make for a slower part one. It was definitely less exciting, but I did appreciate the dedication to exploring the characters' trauma after the fallout of the earlier hunger games. Jennifer Lawrence's performance is commanding as usual, and Josh Hutcherson was given more to work with and I felt he delivered. The film is more of a set-up for the final one, but I was entertained nonetheless.