It's a little too derivative of Psycho, but Dressed to Kill is a… MoreIt's a little too derivative of Psycho, but Dressed to Kill is a consistently creepy and suspenseful thriller that's sleazy and excessive in just the right way to make it a bloody good time.
Without having read the book, I can still say confidently that Little… MoreWithout having read the book, I can still say confidently that Little Children is a near-perfect literary adaptation. Its multi-layered narrative coupled with its cleverly utilized narration give the movie a distinctly literary feel. It's an astoundingly humane drama that takes a piercing look at the darker underbelly of suburbia while also communicating a message of hope in the goodness of humanity. Kate Winslet plays Sarah Pierce, a suburban mother and wife who, dissatisfied with her husband and friends, begins an affair with a similarly dissatisfied father named Brad (Patrick Wilson). Their affair is set against the overarching plot of registered sex offender Ronnie (Jackie Earle Haley) and his mother moving into the neighborhood, causing parents in the neighborhood to fear for their children's safety. Jackie Earle Haley is the standout actor in an already talented cast, portraying Ronnie as a miserable outcast struggling to overcome his disorder rather than as the heartless sexual predator that his neighbors see him as. The scene in which Ronnie goes for a swim in the public pool is one of the best in the movie, and clearly illustrates his character. As the tension continues to build, the different plotlines of the movie converge until it reaches an intense but moving climax. It's not the first movie to dissect the dark side of suburbia, but Little Children is one of the better ones, and its sympathetic view of its characters makes it an intelligent and thought-provoking drama.
A fittingly dark but sweet stop-motion movie from Tim Burton,… MoreA fittingly dark but sweet stop-motion movie from Tim Burton, Frankenweenie is emotional, funny (if a little too juvenile sometimes), and beautifully animated. It's not Burton's best, but Frankenweenie is nonetheless an enjoyable and charming movie.
A slow-burning French thriller with more than enough tension and… MoreA slow-burning French thriller with more than enough tension and mystery, Swimming Pool is thoughtful and surprising at every turn and features two fantastic performances from Charlotte Rampling and French actress Ludivine Sagnier.
Lars von Trier is never one to make a dull movie. I'm expecting this to be… MoreLars von Trier is never one to make a dull movie. I'm expecting this to be controversial and intensely depressing, two traits I love in movies.
Lars von Trier is never one to make a dull movie. I'm expecting this… MoreLars von Trier is never one to make a dull movie. I'm expecting this to be controversial and intensely depressing, two traits I love in movies.
It's a little predictable and lightweight at times, but what Nick and… MoreIt's a little predictable and lightweight at times, but what Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist lacks in freshness it makes up for in the undeniable appeal of its two co-stars, a great indie rock soundtrack, and an almost John Hughes-like sweetness.
Although its eponymous protagonist is one of the obnoxious and… MoreAlthough its eponymous protagonist is one of the obnoxious and unlikeable characters I have come across in a very long time and the central romance requires suspension of disbelief, Greenberg benefits from wonderful performances from both Ben Stiller and, in the role that makes the movie so enjoyable, Greta Gerwig, along with a script peppered with dark humor and clever dialogue. It's ironic that the character of Roger Greenberg is the least likable part of Greenberg, but thanks to Gerwig, Stiller, and the smart screenplay, Greenberg is ultimately a surprisingly great dramedy from director Noah Baumbach.
Band of Outsiders is ultimately one of Godard's lesser films due to… MoreBand of Outsiders is ultimately one of Godard's lesser films due to its lack of a focused plot, but it's this very same lack of focus that creates three unforgettable sequences (The minute of silence, the Madison dance scene, and the record-breaking sprint through the Louvre), and these scenes along with Anna Karina's charming screen presence make Band of Outsiders more than enjoyable enough to be worth seeing for any Godard fan.