I thought this was a good, engaging film. The true story is a pretty crazy one, and I thought the filmmakers did a good job bringing it to life on screen. It was a great thriller that should have most people enthralled, I think. Tom Hanks was fantastic, but I didn’t realise how fantastic until the end, where you truly understand what he was doing with the character. Much praise must also be given to the actors playing the pirates - they were very believable and appropriately scary. The only real problem I had with the film was the dialogue, which was, on occasion, a little contrived and obvious in being exposition. Totally worth a watch.
This was a really good detective story/crime thriller movie with a lot of things going for it. The mystery’s a decent one, but it’s not the best part about the film. From the minute it started, I was impressed with the outstanding direction and cinematography. They instantly conveyed a mood and a sense of foreboding. All the performances were good, with Hugh Jackman being the most notable. While not necessarily a new thing, the moral grey area the film explored was interesting. Some of the characters are kind of forgotten about towards the end, but that wasn’t a major issue. It’s not absolutely perfect, but it’s compelling and very well-made, so I can easily recommend it.
This is a pretty cute movie. Mia Farrow and Jeff Daniels are nice enough together, and the story’s a fun idea. It’s far from the strongest Woody Allen film I’ve seen, but it’s very likable. It reminded me a lot of his more recent film, Midnight in Paris (2011), just in the way that they both explore the romanticising of things and whether it’s a good thing or not. I was kind of confused where Allen landed on that in this one though. I think movies like Pleasantville (1998) must’ve been inspired by this.
I don’t quite know how to phrase what I thought about this film. It was good, but it was so strange in a way I can’t really articulate. It definitely reminded me of other Pedro Almodovar films in terms of atmosphere and mood. I was confused by the whole thing in the middle, but it made a bit more sense in the end. The characters and their reactions and the way they behaved still seemed odd to me though. It’s still probably worth a watch.
This is a pretty good old French crime thriller. The story was cool, and had some nice twists and turns. The ending was a little anti-climactic, however. The direction was seriously impressive for a debut film, the editing was clever, and the score by Miles Davis just oozed sophistication. I’d recommend it if you’re into Hitchcockian thrillers.
I just finished season 4 of Boardwalk Empire. Thoughts:
- This was another solid season of this brilliant show.
- I wasn’t on the edge of my seat as much as season 3 though.
- It had a pretty slow start, but that’s not unusual for this show.
- It all came together really well in the last few episodes.
- Jeffrey Wright was a great addition to the show, as I knew he would be.
- Patricia Arquette was also really good.
- One character in particular was featured quite marginalised and I definitely missed their presence.
- The cinematography, costumes and production design still blow me away with how beautiful and authentic-looking they are.
- The final scene absolutely destroyed me.
- Now comes that long wait for the next season, once again.
I’m a big fan of Kick-Ass (2010) and I’ve been waiting for a sequel ever since I saw it. Unfortunately, what I got didn’t match up to the original. It simply lacked the charm of the first one, which must have had a lot to do with the change in director. It kind of just felt like a pale imitation. Part of what made the first one so good was how unpredictable and surprising it was, but we kind of know what to expect this time, and they didn’t try to subvert that very much. I guess there were some dark parts that took me by surprise though. The film has a lot of great elements, but they don’t really come together. I liked all the violent moments and action scenes, and there were some great ones. Hit-Girl is still awesome and she had some fantastic lines, but while I appreciate them trying to give her development, it’s done in the same, boring way as a dozen other high school movies. Yeah, it just doesn’t have the fun, fresh attitude and feeling that the first film had. I can’t help feeling disappointed, but maybe it will grow on me.
I quite liked this film. I was prepared to label it as just another story about a manic pixie dream girl, but it’s clear that Zoe Kazan, who wrote the screenplay and stars as the titular character, was aware of the trope and decided to play with and subvert it. I really like how dark it became in the end. The film still feels very much like a lot of other indie films, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it. The cast is good, with Kazan being the stand-out, and Paul Dano doing fine as the lead. I don’t think I was satisfied with every aspect, the ending being the main one, but I though it was good overall.
This is really horrible news.
He always had such a likable presence. He was part of the reason I like Roadkill/Joy Ride (2001), despite it not actually being that good. I’m really sad that we’ll no longer see him.
I don’t usually find politics very interesting, but there are certainly films and TV shows that make it amazing. This isn’t quite one of them, but it was pretty solid. I really don’t have much to critique about it. All of the performances were good. It might have been better in the hands of a different director and writer, but as it is, everything is totally competent.