50. Aquaman. I really wanted to like the movie more than I did. Still a fun time, but was hoping for more.
I’ve tasked myself with seeing at least 52 different films in theaters a year. Here are my thoughts on those films.
Second of birthday double bill. What an absolute blast, amazing animation, just gorgeous looking, some completely out there stuff that you would never see in a live action film but still totally rooted in character. Really funny with so many good gags and big laugh out loud moments but also great action sequences. Terrific voice work from all the cast, love Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen and Nic Cage as Spider-Man Noir. Can’t wait for the sequel and spin-off. 8/10
First of birthday double bill, if you had told me last year I’d be watching a Transformers movie on my birthday I’d have laughed in your face.
This was a really fun charming movie though. Remove Michael Bay and you get, a Transformer that actually has character that I care about, no offensive/sexist jokes, humour in general that actually works and coherent action sequences where I can actually see what’s going on. It’s also works because it’s on a much smaller scale, and feels more personal. Hailee Steinfeld is terrific as always, it’s not perfect but it’s a fun time and I would happily see a sequel if Bay continues to not be involved. 7/10
CREED II (2018)
Michael B Jordan returns as Adonais Creed, in his toughest fight to date.
30 years after his father died in the ring to Ivan Drago, Creed is challenged by none other than Dragos son, Viktor. The newly heavyweight champion, and now a father, faces not just a physical showdown, but a test of will and heart.
Insert training montages, inspirational music, slow motion punches, and powerful coaching dialogue.
What's amazing is that the film manages to pump fresh blood into the Rocky Universe, and to take Creed out of Rocky's shadow and into his own spotlight. It's a well acted and inspiring sequel to Ryan Cooglers 2015 smash hit.
Although it's open to a third film I think all those involved can walk away happy with the characters and how the story has gone full circle. .
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28. Searching (directed by Aneesh Chaganty)
Who would have thought that a cyber-thriller utilizing a seemingly limited narrative device - one might even call it a gimmick - would turn out to be one of the most imaginative and engaging films of the year. Director Aneesh Chaganty takes the simple, yet elegant gimmick of low budget horror flick ‘Unfriended’ (2014) and finds dozens of new ways to reinvent the language of film. Telling the story of a desperate father who suspects foul-play when his daughter fails to come home one night. The entire thing is told from the perspective of computer and mobile screens. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Reddit, John Cho’s character goes through them all to uncover the mystery surrounding his daughter’s disappearance. And in doing so, he discovers he’s become estranged from his own child. At first sight ‘Searching’ presents as a straightforward mystery/whodunnit, but after a while you start noticing the many layers weaved into the fabric of this film. For example, there are a ton of in-screen Easter Eggs providing backstories for both the dad and the daughter character. There are a dozen or so references to other films that served as inspiration. As well as hints that speak to the resolution of the mystery. And if that’s not enough the film also tackles a multitude of themes, like repressed grief, privacy online, and reactionary internet culture. All of this makes for an utterly refreshing moviegoing experience. One that demands you see it on the big screen. The opening alone is worth the price of admission; as we see director Chaganty effectively unpack the emotional weight of an entire childhood into a stunningly fluid six minute montage. Yes, ‘Searching’ is many things. But most of all, it’s just great storytelling!
Hotel Mumbai (trailer)
Looks intense and dramatic. Reminds me of No Escape.
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Шлёп! Классно фоткать на плёнку. Особенно , если ты нащелкал катушек пять - семь и забыл про них . Недавно я проявлял слайды 2009 года. Это было что-то непередаваемое, но одновременно и пугающее. Так и не опишешь сразу. Вообще вся эта аналоговая движуха напоминает мне жизнь в целом. Попробуй растянуть временной отрезок на 36 кадров. Условно , лет десять. Вот ты их нашлёпал, настало время проявки, цифровки. Что-то захочется напечатать. Я часто ругаю себя , когда делаю ненужные снимки. Необязательные . Ведь плёнку хочется использовать только в самые красивые моменты, ибо магия химических процессов не даёт тебе возможности что-то переснять. Как и Слово - не воробей. В жизни мы тоже иногда приходим к тому , что что-то заканчивается . И тоже нужно сидеть и терпеливо проявлять , оживлять в памяти все свои косяки, когда ты поторопился , когда не поймал фокус или проебал экспозицию. Ты сидишь и жалеешь, как в плёнке, что сделал то и то не так, ибо теперь то все наглядно видно. Ты покупаешь новый моток/начинаешь новую историю. Обещаешь себе не срываться и экономить кадры/эмоции. Тратить себя только на вещи повышенной важности. Но и самая главная схожесть состоит в Том, что и самый случайный кадр может стать шедевром , а действие - судьбоносным. Только время , химическим раствором по негативу покажет тебе, где ты опять облажался. Да и вообще , модели мира в миниатюре есть во многих вещах. Просто мы упорно не хотим этого замечать , отрицая любую системность. Хотя , по идее , все вот оно, перед носом.
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First off I'd really like to say that to me it's incredible to see the inclusion of the LGBT community in modern cinema,but Love,Simon is not a movie that exists only to showcase that,it's actually a pretty good rom-com with stellar performances. I really liked the chemistry between the characters,the plot and direction as a whole,making Simon relatable to every teen out there, LGBT or not. The main antagonist though,I thought was poorly written and annoying every time he was on screen,I simply hated him. Overall watching Love,Simon was a fun experience,and I think you should definitely give it a shot.
▪Grade: 90% 9/10▪
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Hot takes en masse from episode 19. (link in bio) Watchmen Director’s cut (on Amazon Prime right now) is a fun time (though it’s best served in 2-3 sittings). Was surprised how much I liked this film b/c I’d seen it in the past but don’t recall it being as fun to watch as it was. Worth a watch if your looking for a break from the marvel mold.
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series in 2019. Should be an interesting series!
Personal Score: 10/10
Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival (2018)
"Roma": it's finally here, and I can finally agree with the ones who deem it a masterpiece. We should be grateful for all the experimenting directors and filmmakers are still carrying out nowadays. Cuarón gave us a movie that wants to sincerely express what we see on the screen. The director tells us a tale about life, how it goes and evolves through time, a tale about how we cope, how we react, about how we suffer or rejoice. This kind of storytelling works perfectly for the memoir genre, that of "Roma", but also for the broader universe of cinema. This is something new, this kind of intimacy we feel with the images on-screen is achieved in a revolutionary way. Cuarón is not trying to make some statement, especially not to all the people that didn't live those years in Mexico. Cuarón wants us to just lose ourselves in his world.
One technique he used in the movie, in order to get this realistic and intimate feeling, is the long takes of the most ordinary moments: washing the dishes, a typical family dinner, or a car struggling to enter a small garage (a splendid two minutes long scene). Another way Cuarón achieved what he wanted was by never directly introducing us the characters. In movies, a character's personality is usually defined within the first scenes he appears in. In this one, we have to understand who these people are without being given any obvious or direct clues from the director. This is how we usually relate to people in real life, and that is the reason why it all feels even more intimate: we see these characters as real people, as they could be us. "Roma" will make you remember how human we all are, how we all have to beat similar obstacles and how we are not truly alone. [CONTINUES IN COMMENTS]
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Review: The Mule is like a shell of a good movie with not much inside. The concept is a different take on the drug dealing cartel films we get so often, but the vision isn’t fully realized. Maybe Clint Eastwood is just more impatient and less detailed with his older age. The dialogue is pretty flat, and none of the characters have much to say besides Clint. Bradley Cooper and Michael Pena’s talents were completely wasted, literally anyone could have played their roles. Every member of Earl Stone’s (Eastwood) family were the most god awful actors i’ve ever had to watch. His daughter, niece and ex wife were just excruciatingly painful to watch every time they shared a scene. Andy Garcia was pretty great, the short time he was in the film. The plot although entertaining, just seemed to rush through so many details, which made every situation feel inauthentic. The DEA flip a cartel member with a few lies and not even the call of his lawyer, and have the guy snitching on everything without the cartel finding out, which is highly unlikely. The work just isn’t put into the details. We get unexplained time jumps, DEA getting information with no explanation or effort shown on camera. This movie really only works because of Eastwoods charisma. Otherwise it would be an easy skip. I’ll tell you everything Eastwood is trying to say with this movie, in one sentence, “family is most important”.
Dreams after Film Night PART ONE
Eerie empty streets, sheltered by darkness,
The Parish village a cluster of Auld Shebeens,
The clinking voices echo, unnaturally,
My feet drag, eyes blind to the lights,
Into the rural wilderness, no moon,
My feet drag into the farmer’s wilderness.
Old Tom’s house is cobwebbed like his chin,
Haunting, darkened windows, eyes to the soul,
I force the derelict cottage door, expecting light,
The jolly furnishings evolved into dreary remnants,
No sign of Tom! Dust, webs and a hint of blood,
His bed now an alter, his wrapped body rises undead.
The hammering of marching corpses fill my ears,
Trapped like an arachnid’s prey I run or fly,
I am in another world, a world of melancholy,
Pushing through the bodies I struggle to escape,
There on the woodland lane shining lights descend,
Azure demons emerge from the tree’s shadows.
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The Descent is possibly one of the most intense films of recent years. I remember being completely glued to my seat from beginning to end, the lighting and sound were just amazing.
I "showed" it to @the_heath_show
years ago and he jumped off the sofa when the you see the first Crawler. It was classic 😂😂 The sequel was kind of overlooked and forgotten fairly quickly. It's nowhere near the original but I enjoy it a lot. Some films work so well for not taking their time to set up plots, characters etc. The Descent 2 benefits greatly from just getting on with it and getting back underground within 15 minutes. It lacks the female survival bonding theme but still entertains with the classic arrogant cop who disbelieves our heroine. There's some great gore and the use of the original actresses is a good touch.
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29. Minding the Gap (directed by Bing Liu)
Bing Lui’s extremely personal skateboard documentary ‘Minding the Gap’ offers up genuine emotions and heartbreak. Probably more than any other film released in 2018. The entire thing starts off rather lighthearted, with filmmaker Bing Lui capturing the lives of a few of his close friends and fellow skateboarders. The goal seems directed towards making an observational film that tracks the journey into manhood of two longtime friends. And up until a certain point, filmmaker Bing just coasts along fine, succeeding with the task of capturing a wonderfully warm and intimate slight of hand with people he’s known all his life. The camera is always slightly off to the side in the one-on-ones, while becoming completely fluid when the boys get on their skateboards. But then the entire perspective shifts as domestic abuse gets revealed and filmmaker Bing Lui gets sucked into his own story. The film then takes on a totally new level of intensity and focus. It is no longer observational, but deeply personal and authenticity human. Showing a trio of men all scared by their past, while trying to make sense of their future. Unwanting to repeat the mistakes of their parents, but unable to fully escape that behavioral element that was instilled in them from a young age. The interviews become increasingly more revealing, with the camera slowly shifting into extreme close-up mode. Most surprisingly is how organic this transition is captured on film. ‘Minding the Gap’ is essentially a coming-of-age story about three kids trying to find their place in the world. Wanting to escape their reality through movement. That’s what the skateboarding becomes about. A means of taking back control. While on their decks, the boys are free. They are in control. And in those moments their lives make sense and feel more purposeful. A simple emotion like joy becomes obtainable. But as with life, ‘Minding the Gap’ doesn’t provide easy answers. And the journey is ever-evolving. Powerful stuff!
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