"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.
Striking just the right amount of emotion without being too sappy,… MoreStriking just the right amount of emotion without being too sappy, "Beyond the Lights" tells the story of a pop-star submerged in stardom, with no freedom from her mother, as she tries to grasp the concept of true love and reality. Fame can be hard, and this film explores both that and the ideal of a happy life without it. I absolutely loved how this film as executed, and it;s smart script isolates itself from any cliched story that may be similar to it. It distances itself from the predictable story you think it will be and opens your mind. "Beyond the Lights" helms a breakout star performance, a great script, anice balance of terrible and good music, and I thoroughly believe that this is a fantastic film that could have failed miserably. Overall, I highly recommend this film, especially to those who are skeptical or have no idea what it is.
Aside from it's off-putting title, "Two Days, One Night" is one of the… MoreAside from it's off-putting title, "Two Days, One Night" is one of the most original films in recent memory. Spanning over the course of only two days, we follow a woman who is about to lose her job, due to budget cuts, but it may have the chance of being saved if her colleages vote her to stay over accepting a bonus. The film is essentially about one woman's right to work, travelling all over to town to convice her colleagues that fair work is more than extra cash. Marion Cotillard really stands out here, deserving every last bit of pairse she is receiving for her role. The script is sharp, the events are believable, and truthfully (personally vendetta's aside), this is a near flawless picture. It will really hit home to those families who have lost things due to not being able to work. "Two Days, One Night" is a simple little film, but also one of the best of 2014. Beautiful!
Driven solely by the character of Alice, there is nothing really… MoreDriven solely by the character of Alice, there is nothing really remarkable about this film aside from the performance of Julianne Moore. There is a very impressive script written here, aside from a few questionable moments, but the plain camerawork and "television" feel the film has throughout, makes it a weird viewing experience to those were hoping for this story to be told in a "Hollywood" way. Does that hurt the film's story? No, but may make your mind meander throughout it's 102-minute running time. It's themes really does make you feel for these characters' emotions, and you will probably have a few tears trickling down your face, but what bothered me were the off-putting technical aspects. Overall, it is a very powerful and moving character study that is extremely well-acted and well-written. Those are two of the necessities in a great film, so I will give it a lot of credit for that, but there are a few undeniable set-backs, including an extremely abrupt ending. In the end, not having read the novel that this film is based upon, "Still Alice" is a moving picture that I highly recommend.
Seeing as Netflix has a large number of successful films and original… MoreSeeing as Netflix has a large number of successful films and original shows under their belt, I had no doubt that their first Oscar-Nominated documentary feature would be impressive. "Virunga" follows a group of people whom during the war, have only one focus, to protect the dying species of Mountain Gorilla's in their town. The powerful interviews, spliced with the brutal visuals of war, really makes for an engaging picture. When a Documentary has a Cinematographer who knows exactly what to put in frame to keep an audience engaged, it is that much more interesting, because not only is the information getting across, but viewers can actually get a feel for themselves about the environment of this situation. "Virunga" may not be the best documentary, but it is so impressively put together that it can not be ignored. I highly recommend this film to both fans and non-fans of documentaries.
Being a massive fan of Cameron Crowe's work, "Vanilla Sky" has always… MoreBeing a massive fan of Cameron Crowe's work, "Vanilla Sky" has always been one of his pieces that I have never had the urge to watch. After mustering up the time to view it, I can truthfully say that even though I liked it, I really do not have a clue if it is a good or bad film. Tom Cruise plays David, a self-obsessed man who falls in love a few times, before getting into a car accident, but really not. The film begins to branch off of that ideal about forty-five minutes in, and actually becomes confused within itself, demanding your full attention in order to fully comprehend where it decides to go in the conclusion. It is one of those films where you either you believe in it or you will hate it. For me, I do not believe in what happened in the end, but I appreciate the thought that went into it. Overall, this complex "love story" had me from the beginning, but then began to drag me around until the ending explained it all. It is a very odd story to put on film to begin with, so I think Crowe did the best he could with it. It is a very well-made, yet flawed picture that I believe is good. "Vanilla Sky" is enjoyable fluff.