Another found footage film. I thought it was done effectively in the… MoreAnother found footage film. I thought it was done effectively in the last 10-15 minutes. It has its flaws but you could view it as a British take on Blair Witch Project with better acting and better construction on the plot.
So awful. Looks like a student production. I could see them trying… MoreSo awful. Looks like a student production. I could see them trying hard to make a homage to the 70s exploitation film but it did not work.
One of the best movies I've seen in years. Birdman is a modern fable… MoreOne of the best movies I've seen in years. Birdman is a modern fable of the Icarus story mixing with the style of Hitchcock but in a scenario of Singing in the Rain. Riggan is an actor who still believed that he was "relevant" to the public but he has become forgotten by nearly everyone about his old superhero movies in the 70s. He decided to adapt a play about love with the help from his estranged drug addict daughter. But as the days pass, his chance to become popular again became slimmer and slimmer, he must start to reconsider his stance and experience and deal with the chaotic actors and crews.
The film heavily used drum music, particularly the ambient, jazz era variety. Music was really important as the film was set in New York where the American exceptionalism was prevalent like in the Great Gatsby. Other music were also used to express the mood of the atmosphere, masterfully. Diegetic sounds were used cleverly too to create the illusion of being physically involved in the film.
The script was superb, dark yet brutally hilarious. It involved all sorts of comedies available: blue, black, slapstick, shock, embarrassing, bizarre, etc. All the characters had distinctive characteristics making them memorable and well developed. The film was about the culture of fame seeking but also satirized the superhero genre (A genre that is getting out of hand with mediocre writing, pretty faces and lots of CGI and action, e.g. Iron Man). Riggan represented Icarus (Birdman) who flew too close to the sun but began to crash and burn due to the wings catching fire from the intense sunlight. Schizophrenia was also heavily suggested, reality became distorted as his worldview crumbled.
I absolutely love the non stop tracking shots, which was used similarly to Rope by Hitchcock. The minimalism also took influence from the master of suspense. The film was unique in it's ability to confuse the audience, e.g. the camera suddenly stopped moving (audience could hear what going on in the next room) but then everything made sense as Riggan returns.
Birdman is not merely a film, it's a piece of sophisticated philosophical art.
Psychology and time travelling entwined in this twisted science… MorePsychology and time travelling entwined in this twisted science fiction masterpiece. 12 Monkeys is about a plague which wiped up nearly all of the populations on the planet, people had to retreat underground to survive. The remaining few scientists were experimenting with time travel devices and used convicts as subjects. James Cole was chosen to go back in time to retrieve information regarding the plague in order to alter the history. A series of misfortune ensured with the faulty device, eventually Cole managed to convince a psychiatrist to help him stop the plague, will they be able to save the human race?
12 monkeys combined the idea of time travel with psychological dissocation of the mind where the reality became a delusion. The theme is the exploration of Cassandra syndrome, named after the Greek princess who was able to have premonition but unable to convince anyone to prevent the prophecy from happening.
The acting was superb from all the main characters. Pitt played a mentally disturbed eco terrorist and played it so well. Willies' performance was incredibly excellent. The writing was fantastic, I love the dystopian version of the Los Angeles where crime and poverty ruled the city. The idiotic terrorists were depicted well too.
The cinematography was excellent too, I love the unusual angles typically found in horror film but used in a way to induce psychological displeasure. The sepia tone made the atmosphere all the more pessimistic. The cyberpunk set design was another brilliant addition to further propagate uncertainty and fear.
12 monkeys is a milestone of the American science fiction cinema.
Visually stunning, substantially lacking. It has one of the worst… MoreVisually stunning, substantially lacking. It has one of the worst writings I've ever seen with the most cliche plot of plot holes and liberal agenda.
Clint Eastwood once again delivered another master piece. American… MoreClint Eastwood once again delivered another master piece. American Sniper is the true story of one of the greatest snipers in the American history. His devotion to persevere the safety of his fellow soldiers and the freedom of the world earned him the nickname "Legend" but also made him the prime target for the terrorists. Like many other veterans, Kyle also suffered from PTSD but through his courage and strength, he not only overcame his struggles but also helped many fellow veterans.
Cooper had another one of his best performances, I couldn't even recognize him from Silver Linings Playbook. I know lots of liberals were complaining about the "fake baby" allegory, however I don't see any problems with it. It's American Sniper, not Call the Midwife. American Sniper was not only just about war, but the effect of long term separation of soldiers from their families, which we often do not hear about.
American Sniper is not a war propaganda, it is about how each soldiers have sacrificed so much of their lives for the freedom we have today, yet their stories are often unheard of. Thank you all, I salute to you!
WAY overrated. Michael Clayton is a over the top cliche starring… MoreWAY overrated. Michael Clayton is a over the top cliche starring George Clooney as a down in the dump lawyer who specializes in fixing various questionable cases. However, he found himself getting trapped in a catastrophe of conspiracy and lies. He must figure out how to turn his life around while saving himself from getting killed.
I got so bored and the acting was unconvincing. How could this film be nominated for so many awards is beyond me. Oh wait, I know, liberal critics and Hollywood.
The progressive liberal critics are afraid, afraid to show any signs… MoreThe progressive liberal critics are afraid, afraid to show any signs of defeat of their fallacy by Objectivism. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is the conclusion to the epic saga of the producers going on a strike against the moochers and looters in the last free country where freedom is at the brink of disappearance.
Sure, the acting was terrible and the dialogues seemed forced but with such a low budget and such a grandiose production, you have to give and take for the sake of producing the best result possible. Which is similar to the character Dagny Taggart who, despite all the regulations and restrictions, she made her transportational company prevail. The thing is, they had to fit about 400 pages into a 90 minute film, they had to make a lot of cuts and changes (which even Rand herself would find difficult to do). The casting for Francisco D'Anconia was my biggest concern I believe, he was the childhood friend of Dagny yet he looked about 30 years older.
The set design was so detailed, every single prop was specially made to meet the standard of fictional brands. Mulligan's Valley/Galt's Gulch/Atlantis was very close to what I expected in terms of the design and structure. The amount of effort reflected its theme perfectly.
The editing and narration were dreadful, clearly the story telling portion of the film wasn't the forte of the directors. Personally, I think it would have been so much better to just do the section of Dagny's arrival in one go without keep jumping back to New York. And it didn't have the scene where John Galt was forced to go on television but outsmarted the Autocrats, neither was the Hank Rearden subplot, I was disappointed. However, I enjoyed the film and understand its limitations.
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours."- Ayn Rand.
The hallmark of French science fiction films, La Jetée is a time… MoreThe hallmark of French science fiction films, La Jetée is a time travel romantic drama where a man is being sent back to the past before the apocalypse occurred and he fell in love with a woman. The film is presented with still images and a narration. I got the same feeling as I watched A Trip to the Moon, it's simple yet serene.
9 people became the only survivors of an unexplained event leading… More9 people became the only survivors of an unexplained event leading them to be stranded on a boat. Each one of them has a set of distinctive characteristics: A female writer who speaks German, a mother who lost her baby, an industrialist, an US Army nurse, a German American, hotheaded communist, a negro steward, a radio operator and a mysterious German sailor. With limited supply, dangerous environment and distrust of each other at hand, each one of them must attempt to work together to survive.
Lifeboat is one of the less known gem of Hitchcock's filmography. the premise was very interesting and the characters were all unique and distinct. Psychology played an important role in the film, the sense of trust could have been easily obtained yet dismissed quickly. The problem with group think is also explored. I found the depiction of what a group can do together shocking. I was quite surprised to see it was Steinbeck who wrote the screenplay, it did have a sense of naturalism but Hitchcocked has reduced the premise to minimalism.
The acting was fantastic, Bankhead had a wonderful performance.