It is a very slow paced thriller drama directed by Kelly Reichardt and… MoreIt is a very slow paced thriller drama directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond. Interestingly directed, it had lots of substance which gets even better with the stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, and James LeGros. Another of the films shown in the main competition section of the 70th Venice International Film Festival and at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival which definitely needs a special attention!
The story of three radical environmentalists - Josh, Dena, and Harmon, who are teaming up to execute the most spectacular direct action event of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam, was more story based and the actors were wisely chosen to make that story more effective. Regarding the story, Edward R. Pressman Film filed a lawsuit in September 2012, demanding that filming cease because of too many similarities to Edward Abbey's novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, planned to be adapted into an authorized film by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Kelly Reichardt did a good job, but I wish it was outstanding! There was plenty of room for improvement, but even this was more than enough for a happy audience. The only problem I really had was the ending. Some people claim that it was a smart decision to live the ending to the viewer, but to me the feel was that something was simply unfinished!
Outstanding drama with controversial subjects co-written and directed… MoreOutstanding drama with controversial subjects co-written and directed by James Franco, and starring Scott Haze... I never read the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy but I'll guess it had the reception like the movie. If you know that this film was selected to be screened in the official competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, be assured that you won't be watching a classical Hollywood blockbuster. I am glad that at the end it was something I could not even guess with the wildest imagination. Starring Scott Haze as Lester Ballard, Tim Blake Nelson as Sheriff Fate, James Franco as Jerry and Jim Parrack as Deputy Cotton, this was the movie which will require from you not to react on the most of the presented taboos of the society, and to concentrate on the heartfelt story of survival.
Scott Haze had his lifetime performance; it is almost impossible beating that! James Franco directed it with such perfection, that I will never miss any of his future movies. From the cinematography, to editing, choice of the fonts for the titles, music... everything was made to look like a perfect Indie movie! I would not waste too many words on it - just "don't miss it"!
I have no idea why is this Canadian film listed on RT as a 2013 film… MoreI have no idea why is this Canadian film listed on RT as a 2013 film when it was released in Canada on 25 April 2014, and I am not aware of any pre-screening in other countries. A Fighting Man is a sport drama written and directed by Damian Lee, and I really enjoyed it's interwoven story-telling style during the 5 rounds of the boxing match. It stars Dominic Purcell, James Caan, Louis Gossett Jr., and Famke Janssen, and it is well underrated regarding their performances!
The story of Sailor O'Connor (Purcell) , a retired Irish boxer, who has not once been knocked down in the 63 matches he's fought, was loosed at places, and overflew few times into the melodramatic surroundings... still, it was brought back on time by the director. I really felt for a man who was a long way from his prime but he does not want to turn away when an opportunity arises for him to lace up his boots and take on a young boxer by the name of King Solomon (Smith). With his mother dying from cancer he wants to take her once more to Ireland, and the boxing money would be enough for the trip, even if he is not a winner. While those around him try to talk Sailor out of it, he rounds up his old training team. Fit but aged team Sailor, Brother Albright and Max (Caan and Ironside) are coming together for one last battle.
Enjoyable but bloody and sometimes watered down by too many stories running.
Terry Gilliam brings us again a recognizable style in directing in his… MoreTerry Gilliam brings us again a recognizable style in directing in his latest science fiction film written by Pat Rushin, and starring Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry, and David Thewlis. I am his fan and I enjoyed the story which centres on Qohen Leth (outstandingly performerd by Waltz), a reclusive computer genius working on a formula to determine whether life holds any meaning. According to Gilliam, this was the final part of a dystopian satire trilogy or "Orwellian triptych" which started in 1985 with Brazil and continued ten years later with 12 Monkeys.
It is very well developed story which will captivate the fans, but I am not sure for the others who are not familiar with Gilliam's style. The character of Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz), an eccentric programmer who refers to himself in plurals, and who is assigned to "crunch entities" for a company named Mancom, is definitely to be remembered by anyone watching this work of art. Amazing ability of Waltz to express his character's existential angst suffering, while constantly waiting for a mysterious phone call which will bring him happiness or the answers he seeks, should be seen to be believed. Everything in this surreal world which still has recognizable masked elements of our own society, has some sort of wider satire hidden inside. Requesting a psych evaluation, three company doctors determine that Qohen is physically healthy, but request he have therapy from Dr Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), an AI therapist designed to provide mental evaluation. The obsession of the main character to meet with "Management" (Matt Damon) from which he expects solutions, makes Qohen to attend a party held by his supervisor, Joby (David Thewlis). Stumbling into an empty room, Qohen finds Management and requests to work from home, as he would be more productive and would no longer risk missing his call, and Management decides to give him an unique opportunity without missing to note that Qohen is "quite insane."
Produced in only one year, this was one of the shortest time the director ever needed because usually takes him three years to deliver the final product. Done in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the budget was very low because the crew and Romanians worked very hard for less pay (and they're still very skilled). People would be brought for the day and back out again, and that was quite a task for the director and the others surrounding him. It was not easy for them to produce such a film in the current industry climate, and to still achieve visually brilliant results but resourceful Gilliam was very clever and took advantage of his friends who work for scale... plus, working in Romania he managed to get a bigger bang for his buck. Lovely fantasy!
I liked the first Amazing Spiderman so much that I could not miss the… MoreI liked the first Amazing Spiderman so much that I could not miss the second... but it wasn't the same experience. Directed by Marc Webb it serves as a paler sequel to the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man but with more engaging visual style which was noticeable from the beginning to the end. The screenplay was written by James Vanderbilt , but for some reason the studio decided to hire Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to rewrite it. I gave it a positive rating, because wasn't bad, but to me it was too long and there was nothing in it which could belong to outstanding category. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field did everything the best possible way, and they could be the real stars of this project.
In this story I finally got the details about the Peter's father, the scientist Richard Parker. He records a video message to explain the events which lead to his disappearance. Later, he and his wife, Mary, are aboard a private jet hijacked by a man sent to assassinate Richard. In all the fighting everyone is dead and the plane crashes. Of course, the story moves to the present, where Richard and Mary's son, Peter, fights crime as Spider-Man. After arresting a villain who attempted to steal a truck containing plutonium vials, and rescues OsCorp Industries employee Max Dillon, he is haunted by a vision of his girlfriend's deceased father, police captain George Stacy, reminding him to leave Gwen out of his affairs as Spider-Man. He decides that the vision is right and Gwen, upset, ends their relationship. From there on, things go down the hill for our hero...
There is many things to like, and as many things not to, in this movie. I already mentioned the long running time as something which bothered me, but I really liked the present and future intertwining in the story. Of course, every viewer could make their own list. For me the positives were more than the negatives... just! No wonder that even with earnings over $708 million worldwide, it was still the lowest grossing film in the series.