Don Hertzfeldt's trilogy of short films known as the "Everything Will… MoreDon Hertzfeldt's trilogy of short films known as the "Everything Will Be OK trilogy," has been put together impeccably to create a feature film called "It's Such a Beautiful Day." In my opinion, this is one of the most important and though-provoking pieces of film that I have had the pleasure of viewing in this decade so far. Following an ordinary man (Bill) as he discovers new things about life, himself, and the world around him, things begin to happen to Bill at a very rapid rate. Almost every scene throughout this hand-drawn masterpiece will send chills down your spine, due to how true to life it can seem. Many families across the planet (and even the Universe for all we know) have had to deal with a family member such as Bill. What makes this film stand out from any other story of this sort, is it's genuine belief in the Universe around us. Brilliant scripted, perfectly sketched to represent our world, while also adding in real-life imagery, "It's Such a Beautiful Day" represents our world and the human race with flawlessness. I love every second of this picture, and dare I say, it is one of my favourite films of all time. It is both meant for a mature audience and a younge audience whom are ready to discover the world through an adults eye. No film with a story like this will ever be able to duplicate the intensity or frailty/fragililty of the subject matter. This has been my very opinionated review of "It's Such a Beautiful Day." You may or may not choose to agree with this high praise, but either way, I highly recommend giving this film your attention.
"Another Earth" boasts from very strong performances all around, and I… More"Another Earth" boasts from very strong performances all around, and I am usually a fan of indie films that have a small scope with big aspirations, but this one felt a little too ambitious. As a young woman is about to get a full-ride scholarship, her life is flipped upside down as she is sent to prison for killing a man's wife and daughter in a car crash. Years later she falls for that man, creating very sensitive storytelling. By big issue with this film is that there is this entire other planet that is supposedly a duplicate of ours, while never focussing enough on that aspect in my opinion. By the end of the film, the big shocker did not surprise me at all and I felt a little empty handed. I do think this film is very well-written, well-acted, and extremely well-directed, but the technical aspects fail in a few areas. In the end, "Another Earth" is almost too ambitious for it's own good, but I really enjoyed it. It is recommended to people who like to think outside of the box instead of being outside of the box.
Against my better judgement, I decided to view the film "Fifty Shades… MoreAgainst my better judgement, I decided to view the film "Fifty Shades of Grey." This "film" is essentially a overly sensual build-up to a BDSM moment that honestly never pays off, and leaves you hanging more than any cliffhanger could think of doing in years. With no real story and no real ending, this film is a pile of sappy and creepy scenes slapped together, with great lighting, camerawork, and a solid performance by Dakota Johnson. Overall, "Fifty Shades of Grey" does not in any way live up to it's hype and I felt like I wasted two hours of my life. The fact that I had a blast laughing at the dialogue that was supposed to be seductive was enough to let me have a bit of fun and not completely trash this film. In the end, it is a horrendously written film , with poor direction, terrible chemistry, and a conclusion that is pointless, just like the events preceding it. I will not ever be excited for a sequel to this film. While not exactly as atrociously bad as I was expecting, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a lifeless picture. Stay far away.
Fun and funny until it totally isn't, "Maximum Overdrive" is a brutal,… MoreFun and funny until it totally isn't, "Maximum Overdrive" is a brutal, gory, and unnecessary film that strives too hard for a shock rather than focussing on a consistent story. It is odd saying that about a film written and directed by Stephen King, but seeing as this is the only film he has ever directed, that is not a surprise in the slightest. He has now found his footing elsewhere, but quite honestly, he had a rocky start to his career with this film. A series of freak occurrences during a Comet affecting the planet, causes trucks and other inanimate objects to "come to life" and terrorize the town and all the people in it. Bonding to stay alive, the majority of the cast locks themselves in a gas station surrounded by trucks circling around them, waiting to pounce. Again, the first 30 minutes of this film are so over-the-top and fun that I was having a blast; However, the film slows right down, confining it to one space with not very much happening, and I found myself pretty bored. In a film with not a very interesting premise to begin with, I was hoping for a lot more shocking moments than what was presented. Overall, it's a fun movie for a bit, but the it stops being that and becomes a borefest. A very forgettable movie.
"Citizen four," the documentary that took the world by storm, is one… More"Citizen four," the documentary that took the world by storm, is one of the best I have seen in a very long time. Following a hacker who has been contacted by news stations and looked after by government officials, the film is about the discovery of the hacks around the world what took place a few years ago. In this beautifully constructed dramatic Documentary, the audience follows this young man around as he uncovers secrets of the world and of society in general. Fascinating, heartbreaking, and just interesting all the way through, "Citizenfour" is a film that I would highly recommend even if you are not a big fan of this genre. It is thought-provoking and shows you just how scary the world of technology can really be sometimes. A great film in every sense of the word, even if it does start to feel it's length about halfway through when it becomes a little repetitive. Fantastic and worth the watch!
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is a lovely story about a found… More"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is a lovely story about a found princess that grows quickly, deals with life's hardships, downfalls, and the realistically drawn imagery really makes you buy into this story. Well-written, brilliantly-animated (as always by Studio Ghibli), it is definitely worth it's Academy Awards recognition. It may not be the best film to come from this studio, but ever since the mastermind of the studio passed, it will be a challenge to live up to. I really enjoyed watching this film, and by the end I was actually tearing up, because the maturity level of the characters and symbolism that was being shown, really stood out. "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" is the definition of an achievement in my opinion and deserves to be seen by many around the world. This is a very original film, however, it is a tad overlong and slowly paced out, making for a less pleasant experience. It felt like it was trying to take it's beautiful story and stretch it to become a Blockbuster film, which felt very out of left field for the studio. In the end, this is a really good film.
Held together strongly by powerful interviews and heartbreaking… MoreHeld together strongly by powerful interviews and heartbreaking imagery, "Last Days in Vietnam" tells the stories of the many people that were left at the end of the war, who made it out alive to tell their stories and who was unlucky. This film gives a very raw and true look into the lives of these people, and by the end of the film you may find yourself tearing up every now and then. My biggest complaint about this Documentary is that it feels extremely repetitive and many people use a lot of the same material to get their stories across, dragging the film to it's conclusion. At 97-minutes, I truly believe about 20-minutes could have been shaven off to make for a really great film, but it is a good film overall. "Last Days in Vietnam" is not groundbreaking, but it is impressive.
It would be a lie to call this film unimpressive, however, "Mr.… MoreIt would be a lie to call this film unimpressive, however, "Mr. Turner" is (if you are not invested) one of the most slow-paced films I have viewed in such a long time. From the script, to the acting, to the fantastic wardrobes and set-pieces, you will find yourself gazing around at all of the technical aspects, rather than caring about the story at hand. Yes, there are some very powerful moments, but muddled throughout a dragging and age-old screenply, that does however have great dialogue. I can see why the Academy has given so much love to this film in it's techical catergories, but to praise this film in other areas would be a forceful wrong-doing. Timothy Spall is a great performer here, however, his over-acting seems fit for a stage more than a film, and due to that reason, the consequences of each character kind of escape my care by the end. Overall, "Mr. Turner" is a technically impressive, well-written, bore-fest.
Normally it takes a lot for a Documentary to impress me, because I… MoreNormally it takes a lot for a Documentary to impress me, because I really need to be into the subject matter in order to invest myself in the story. I knew nothing about "Find Vivian Maier" before my viewing of it, and I must say, I was blown away. This film follows a young man who discovers a lost photographic talent in a late Vivian Maier and sets out to find out who she is in order to expose her amazing works to the world. We begin to learn that she was both an incredible and evil woman. This picture is very well put together in ever way. From knowing exactly who to interview, to showing the right amount of material through the editing process, the final outcome of this film is a very in-depth depiction of someone who is no longer alive. It is very rare that a Documentary can pull off a true story as real as this. In the end, there really is not much to complain about here, and it is one of the best Documentaries I have seen. I loved this film!
Ambitious, tastefully filmed, and brilliantly held together by… MoreAmbitious, tastefully filmed, and brilliantly held together by breakout star Jack O'Connell, "Unbroken" marks Angelina Jolie's third directorial film, and although there are many positives about this film, there are also numerous negatives. Clocking in at a near 140-minute running time, the film both brushes too quickly over some of the most inspirational events, and takes it's time to get through the slower moments, to showcase the acting. These choices work in some cases, due to the great casting choices, but the film ultimately suffers from a true story that is unclear whether or not should have been "movie-fied." Angelina Jolie does a fine job directing and the Camerawork is some of the best of 2014, but it just drags too much to keep you invested for very long. Did I enjoy this film? Absolutely, but it's focus is a bit too clumsy narratively, and Visuals may take you out of the picture as well. Overall, "Unbroken" is a powerful film that misses more than it should.