'Nebraska'. Bittersweet, touching and full of wonderfully deadpan… More'Nebraska'. Bittersweet, touching and full of wonderfully deadpan humour. One of my favourite screenplays this year. Bruce Dern, bravo.
'Oldboy' (2013). Quite simply, I wonder why Spike Lee bothered. The… More'Oldboy' (2013). Quite simply, I wonder why Spike Lee bothered. The deviations aren't for the better. At least I got to swoon over Ms. Olsen.
'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. Better than the first in every way,… More'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. Better than the first in every way, especially direction-wise and thematic richness. Entertaining, not extraordinary. Jennifer Lawrence is great again.
The moment the IMAX camera cuts in is a very nice touch!
'Dallas Buyers Club'. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto turn in two… More'Dallas Buyers Club'. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto turn in two unexpectedly great dramatic performances. The criticism of the FDA and Big Pharma are no doubt as relevant today.
'Thor: The Dark World'. Terribly uneven, yet worth it for the few… More'Thor: The Dark World'. Terribly uneven, yet worth it for the few emotional moments that really work, and advancement of the Marvel world. Tom Hiddleston kills it every scene he's in.
Hanging up Mjolnir! Classic Thor. For every good gag, there were ten that failed miserably. Why Stellan Skarsgard would degrade himself like that is beyond me. Completely unnecessary.
'Blue is the Warmest Color'. Two brave performances that get at the… More'Blue is the Warmest Color'. Two brave performances that get at the trepidation, passion, complexity and heartbreak of love in a very raw, intimate way.
The close-ups that seem to make up the majority of the film keep the rest of the world out of focus, heightening the intimacy and mirroring Adele's thoughts, showing the impact one person can have on wholly consuming your life. Especially as a young girl discovering her sexuality and first love. Exarchopoulos' inquisitive, always-observing eyes and half-smiles are a treat. The girl sure knows how to shed a tear too.
The shifts in time feel completely necessary, ending on a hopeful note that Adele has made it through the pain. The 3 hours flew by, and I could follow the character for several more.