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The third film from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, the last one being the pulsating and tense thriller, Blue Ruin. I enjoyed that film and I enjoyed Green Room for the same reasons.
Technically the film is amazing. It's beautifully shot, well edited and cleverly lit. It's put together with great skill and precision to achieve a final film that is very impressive.
It's a simple story, yet an effective one that's smartly executed from start to end. The story arch is nothing unique, operating with little depth, yet it's the little things that make the narrative stand out. The distinctive features of the story make it surprise and shock you as a viewer, resulting in a film that stands out from the crowd. The tension throughout the whole film is controlled perfectly, leading the viewer on a pulsating and unpredictable journey. Through great precision and accuracy, Jeremy Saulnier unquestionably has a knack for creating thrilling suspense and a tense atmosphere in his films.
The action wasn't 'over-hollywoodised' either and with the amazing performances from the main cast, the events that unfold in Green Room actually felt real and natural. As a viewer this allows you to become more immersed and intrigued in the story of Green Room, allowing it to shock and surprise you even more.
An energizing, engaging, and enthralling film from an exciting and promising filmmaker.
Quentin Tarrantino, the greatest filmmaker of all time? You can't argue that every one of his films are genre defining, superbly produced, fantastically thought-provokingly well written and action-packed with unpredictable actions and violence throughout. The Hateful Eight was no different.
Filmed in mainly one location, for anyone else I would say it's impressive to keep the audience hooked for that long, but with Tarrantino you're always going to be hooked to the screen. Because it was filmed in mainly one location, it's more of a testament to the art of independent filmmaking than his other films (with exception to Reservoir Dogs), which I liked.
It's safe to say Quentin Tarrintino gets the best out of his actors. Actually, including himself, he seems to get the best out of his entire cast and crew, a true filmmaking perfectionist. In The Hateful Eight, the whole cast were terrific, but Samuel Jackson and Kurt Russell in particular truly absorbed themselves into their roles. I would go as far as to say it may even be their best performance of their respective careers (Of what I've seen). Even Channing Tatum gave a great performance, that says a lot.
I understand this is more a review of Quentin Tarrantino than The Hateful Eight, but all his films are of an extremely high cinematic standard and they are unique in an industry were everyone follows similar guidelines and paths. So in summary...
It's extremely well made, it's amazingly well written, it's superbly performed, It's engaging, it's intriguing, it's unpredictable, it's tension-packed, it's action-packed, it's a Tarrantino film.
The performances throughout the film, in particular Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins, are brilliant. The cast work with a superb script that's well structured, intense and intriging. The dialogue in particular is exceptional; every line has powerful meaning and strong connotations to the story. Superbly written.
A feature film debut from writer/director S. Craig Zaher and a film that's not afraid to shock the viewer through twists, turns and the occasional bit of gory violence. Bone Tomahawk tries to be different, it tries to be it's own film and that's something I respect.
One of my favourite films of the year, certainly my favourite contemporary Westerns. It's different, It's it's own genre and in an overly saturated industry that's a good thing. I do believe that this film deserves and will gain cult status in the future. I look forward to S. Craig Zaher's future projects.
A film from Gaspar Noe, a filmmaker that doesn't shy away from pushing the boundaries of modern mainstream cinema. His previous film Irreversible is my favourite foreign film so I've been following him ever since. His films spark outrage, support and debate.
A film that was superbly edited in a non-linear fashion. It holds an interesting love story that shows the positives and negatives of a relationship at its extreme.
Although at times it was hard to follow, I'll praise the film's script for remaining true to the Shakespearean dialogue. I felt as a viewer, it brought you into the story of Macbeth more than had it had been over modernised.
The colourfully stunning imagery and scenery add to the film's strong narrative to create a powerful final product that feels like a lucid nightmare (the good kind).
You could also argue that this is Michael Fassbender's greatest performance to date. Terrifyingly brilliant, as were the rest of the cast.
Overall an incredibly dark film that is fierce and tense from beginning to end.