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It's an odd yet surprisingly fitting role for McBride to inhabit, but with Arizona's clumsy commentary draped over film the tension feels of that of a hapless madman with very little intent rather than an allegory to the housing financial crisis of 08. The tension nor humor ever exceeds past mild amusement. Arizona perfectly mimics it's pedestrian, suburban landscape in too many ways.
An admittingly intense and immersive story initially starts to feel tedious and overly aggressive. Apocalypto nails it's core tenents but is overbearing in its presentation at times, an increasingly growing trait upon further viewings on the movie.
A perfect myriad of soundtrack and cinematography in the best war film and one of the greatest films of all time. Haunting visuals and outstanding dialogue drenched in style. Some of the most iconic and impactful shots ever recorded.
With a hip, stylized cel shaded look meshed together with interviews and images of the real life counterparts of the dramatization, Another Day of a lifetepps a intense and intimate story of war and political intrigue. Some of the animation and voice acting is stiff and unimpressive matching the feeling of a mid budget video game cutscene. The desensitized sense of emotion of the animated scenes is contrasted purposefully with it's real life imagery.
Anomalisa is subdued for a Kaufman film but outlandish in its own right, slowly unraveling the intricacies and concepts in a maticulous fashion. It's intriguing the whole way through, but it's entertainment level is a bit too slow burning in the first half. Fortunately its beautifully crafted stop-animation and subtle humor keeps your interest for it's exquisite second half.
Annihilation is a bit incoherent in its concept and messaging, but the sleek and hyper stylized presentation is fantastic as well as it's pacing. Simultaneously nightmarish and beautiful, it's attempts at it's themes are amiable, even if it falls short at times.
It's slow paced to a deficit, (yet matches the atmosphere and tonality, and little is said throughout. These features aren't a deal breaker for Angel's Egg like it would be in just about every other film however. Utterly beautiful animation that feels more like a moving painting than a movie. The use of it's stunning art to tell the story is unique and masterful, unfortunately it can wane on you at moments.
With exquisite effects and the most iconic monster transformation in movie history, American Werewolf in London manages to elevate it's characters past being mere victims for brutality and focuses on fleshing out the relations between each other. Sometimes it's a bit stale and the score, although good, can be a bit of a distraction. Overall, American Werewolf offers a unique horror experience.
Freddy Got Fingered, (much like Tom Green), is almost as genius as it is stupid....almost. Perhaps the most absurdist comedy of all time and a subtle satire on the trendy gross out humor of it's era and comedy films in general. The meta-analysis goes completely over most critics and the general audience's head and the comedy is just too ridiculous for most. For the small niche that appreciates the balls to the wall schtick and commentary, this giant F-you to the producers and Hollywood in general is a hilarious treat.
An achingly candid documentary about such outlandish people you'd swear it's all an act. Imbued with an odd and endearing charm that permeates throughout. Has the feeling of a real life This is Spinal Tap with a much more subdued humor. What American Movie has going for it the most is it's incessant kind-heartedness and sense of devotion to the craft of filmmaking.
American Animals utilizes an utterly unique hybrid documentary format to convey one of the most fascinating heist tales ever put to film. The faithful and convincing elements and performances is the key component that elevates the movie, as well as the ease to shift tonally; starting as a fun adventurous romp between college friends to a dark sordid event that hangs with emotional baggage.
The American starts out with a bang and develops an intense atmosphere, but it quickly stagnates into a shallow experience with pretty people interacting in pretty places. Subdued in just about every aspect, the American meanders and despite it's good qualities it ultimately feels like a waste of time.
Worthwhile for Mozart's laugh alone. Amadeus tells it's grossly inaccurate semi-biographical tale of Wolfgang's unknowing rivalry between Salieri amiably with wit, humor, and exquisite set design. It's extremely overbloated, but manages to entertain through the 3 hour affair.
Some of it's aspects are rushed,(like the deliverance of the dialogue), but all is forgiven for it's visually dazzling display and depth. A mesmerizing examination of the relationship between consciousness, religiosity, and the collective knowledge of our accumulated past. Unconventional in almost every sense, spellbinding in deliverance.
It's not spectacular, but it's beautifully shot and the developing bond between the protagonist and Alpha is magnetic. The CGI effects are lacking in polish but luckily it's all front-loaded in the opening. Brilliantly acted, tense, and at times touching, Alpha is worth the venture. You'll undoubtedly be cheering for the two all the way home.
The scripted,(and very trite), format doesn't even come close to producing the comedic effect the candid TV series does, but the complete embrace of Sacha Barons character can still be hilarious. Extremely stupid and crude yet consistently funny with some biting satire at points.
A far less nuanced and more mainstream approach for the series, but never the less hilarious and in some moments better than it's counterpart. Alan Partridge is a comedic icon in England for good reason and the movie version does Steve Coogans most beloved character justice. The banter is witty, fresh, and will satisfy old fans and new alike.
Despite the absence of the Zuckers from both writing and directing, Airplane 2 strikes an almost identical tone, (sometimes at a fault), of the original. Some of the jokes are recycled and the premise as well, but the absurdity is somehow elevated and there's almost just as many laughs to be had. A very funny film that sadly goes by the wayside by most simply because it's a sequel to an iconic film.
The most iconic joke-a-minute spoof comedy that leaned you consistently chuckling all the way through. Despite being a product of it's time Airplane has aged exceptionally well. Unabashedly juvenile and absurd, yet consistently clever with it's jokes. Arguably the crowning jewel of the Zucker brothers comedies.
One of the most influential Sci-Fi animated movies and the most influential anime movie of all time, and for good reason. A brilliantly realized and painstakingly detailed adaptation of the massive manga series, tailored for a movie format in an incredible way. Iconically visceral, grandiose world building, and a pitch perfect score. Akira is still the apex of Japanese animation is ranks near the top of the best animated movies of all time.