Dune was simply brilliant. The cinematography was amazing, grand and magnificent (something that must be seen in theater). This atmosphere was brought to a zenith by a brilliant score by Hans Zimmer, and great sound design. All of this was beautifully melded together by the great directing of Denis Villeneuve , and superb acting from the entire cast. I was also especially happy to find that the movie stayed deeply loyal to Frank Herbert's original. This does lead to one of the few major problems with the movie, the fact that the 1965 original was deeply rooted in orientalist fantasies of Islam, the Arab world, and white savior narratives, and this made its way into the movie as well.
Free Guy may have been just a bit overrated. It certainly had plenty of laugh out loud moments, and more than enough technical competence, but the movie is ultimately let down by a plot hole too many, and just a bit too much of a need to suspend disbelief. Though the premise of the plot is quite interesting and appealing, it seems that the creators of this film were at times trying too hard, or not hard enough.
Fun, but nothing to write home about.
Moonrise kingdom was sweet, quirky, and from the heart. There were quite a few shots that were simply beautiful, a bright and unique color scheme, and a set design that could only be from a Wes Anderson movie. The acting was superb, and the two leads certainly impressed. With more than a few laugh out loud moments and almost mock seriousness at times, it is a movie worth seeing.
Cold War is a beautiful piece of art. It's gorgeous black and white visuals, combined with its loose and skillful cinematography make it a work of visual excellence. At the same time a stunning soundtrack (alongside amazing choreography) makes it a joy to hear. Though its story is a little sparse on detail (something I like to call the curse of the indies), it is, for the most part, salvaged by superb acting and chemistry, conveying much of the tales meaning and message.
The Baader Mienhof Complex was certainly a compelling movie. The directorship was great, creating a richly detailed work with excellent atmosphere. The characters were superbly built up and human, portrayed in a grand manner by an outstanding cast. The action sequences, though not the focus of the movie, were great, quick, sweet, and a little bloody. My one critique might be that (especially at the beginning) the pacing went a bit too fast, the plot accelerating from 0-60 in no time at all, though this was mostly rectified by the end.
An interesting and brilliantly authentic work.