Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This film is like a warm stew - it's something the fills you up and makes you feel wholesome. I revisited this as research for something I'm working on. It's tough to make a modern realistic musical, but this is about the perfect way to do it. The style and tone and music is perfectly in sync. It's beautifully simple. If you haven't seen this film it's a damn shame. I'm not sure how interested I am in the musical version of this, as this was just so spot-on perfect. It's a must see film for anyone who likes their style of music, or films about music in general.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Jonah Hill is one of those actors who can do very little wrong in my book. He's just entertaining as hell for me to watch - and Channing Tatum is super delightful here - the two are a pretty fantastic pair. Throw Brie Larson in and I'm a happy camper. The comedy in this film is sharp and on point - it's a bit winky, and a bit of a satire, but it's never a bad thing - and the action is a lot of fun as well. Sorry I was late to the boat on this one, and looking forward to the sequel! It's on Netflix!
Monday, February 17, 2014
In theory the idea of a Lego Movie is terrible. Seriously. And when I was asked what it was about, I told someone that the plot was, actually, about how to play with lego. Which sounds ridiculous. But it's true - and it's awesome. It took me a little while to get into it if I'm honest, but part of that was getting my little guy and his popcorn sorted out - so I absolutely need to see it again just to watch it clean and without distractions. I don't want to say too much about it - the reviews kind of speak for itself, but I will say that the film has one of the smartest third acts in a kid's movie I've ever seen - and what might be my favourite final line of a film - the funniest anyway.
If you've ever played with Lego you should love it. Unless you're dead inside...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sunday, February 02, 2014
I remember seeing press for this film when it was in the festival circuit. I've always enjoyed Lillard as an actor so it was exciting to see what he could do as a filmmaker. I think it's a strong coming-of-age story, and more honest about how it feels to be that kid in that situation. I've been there, though not nearly as damaged. Poor kid.
I found the film to be pretty charming. I was planning to watch it in the background while doing some work but it drew me in completely. The cast is full of solid performances and interesting characters that don't simply fall into the stereotypes one might come to expend in a film like this. It's on netflix and I strongly recommend to anyone who loves tales about lovable losers.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
When I normally think about Matthew McConaughey I picture him on a poster with his shirt off. So this is quite the change for me, and a welcome one at that. I haven't gotten into True Detective yet, so this next stage McCanaughey is a breath of fresh air. His character storms into the movie in such a great way - he's such a perfect prick and has one of the best character arcs an actor can ask for in a film. For those who don't know, this film takes place that the height of the AIDS crisis. It's about a straight man (homophobic) who comes down with the virus, and in an effort to save himself, becomes a savior for a lot of other people.
Jared Leto gives one of my favorite performances of his, and the two make a terrific pair. I have to admit that I caught this on a whim because I had time to see something and picked between it and some other Oscar contenders - and I'm glad I did. It's still in the theatres. I don't think it's a Best Picture film, but the acting nod could easily go to Matthew for this one.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I’ve heard a variety of things about this, and it was on my list to see but I wanted to make sure I caught it in the theatres. Can I just admit to something out of the gate? I love Amy Adams. The intro to their characters (her and Christian Bale) with the duelling V/O as we watch them fall in love (and fall in love with them by proxy) is such an amazing and perfect set-up to get us into this story. Bale is an amazing anti-hero. There’s a long portion of the film where you’re not sure if you should be rooting for him or Cooper, and that’s a delightful way to experience a film like this. The film is hard to describe - it’s essentially about two con artists who get forced to work with the FBI, and then it becomes a cat and mouse game of whose playing who. The film is full of amazing performances by the previously mentioned, but also Louis CK has a fun little part, and Jennifer Laurence obliterates every single scene she’s in - she’s fantastic and worth all the praise.
I think this film has been criticized as David O. Russell trying to be Scorcese, but I didn’t care. I loved the feel of the film, and despite it feeling a bit long by the end, I really enjoyed it. I love that it doesn’t paint the world as black and white. The cast is in fine form. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s a film well worth seeing. It’s not going to change your life or the way you look at the world, but it’ll entertain you - or so I hope. I liked it a lot and it could very well be my favourite David O. Russell film (though I’ve yet to see The Fighter). Check it out pre-Oscars if you can!
I’d been warned by enough people that this was an odd little film, perhaps viewed best whilst high, but I voyaged into it sober. It’s such an interesting little flick. Essentially it’s about a bunch of young women who can’t afford to go off on spring break so they rob a little restaurant with water guns, and then when they get to their destination soon find themselves in the company of a true bad-ass. And that bad-ass is played by James Franco in what seems like the son of Drexel Spivey, the Gary Oldman character from True Romance.
The film is meant to be a bit of a trip, mostly played out in a dreamlike montage. Korine does some interesting thing with voice-over, using the same piece to juxtapose different things. It feels like it’s meant to be a satire, but the fear is young women see this and actually get excited by the goings-on. Or maybe I’m just turning into a grumpy old bastard. Anyway, it’s on Netflix, so if you missed it in theatres and were curious to see it, it’s pretty available. Worth a gander!