Movie: THE GODFATHER (1972)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, John Cazale
Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.
Kay Adams: Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don't have men killed.
Michael: Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?
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LOVER (2018) movie review:
Ralph Sepe Jr.’s first feature length film follows a young troubled man named Howard who falls in love with a woman named Delilah, who is having problems of her own, and their relationship over the course of a year slowly turns into utter chaos, as they both start to see they’re hiding things from each other.
Ralph is perfect as Howard here. Going back to a performance little similar to this, is him as Adam in his other film THE HIGH, a man of many cold expressions but here also of little words, that reminds me of Gosling in DRIVE. It’s as though Ralph chose to create and portray this silent character as a way to avoid any cringe-worthy dialogue spoken by him, a teenager since he’s still a little inexperienced especially in the acting department. But when you look at his directing and writing for this film, for a young student barely older than me, he’s done a damn fantastic job. The way he directs the camera and makes it linger on certain shots, certain characters is well done, and the film being in black-and-white creates a cold atmosphere for the film, though I do wish I could have also seen the version with colours, that changed in tint along with the seasons. However, a scene involving Howard inside his car feeling he’s being followed by someone else, is flawlessly filmed. Ralph really released the drone.
The music and editing also helps adding to the haunting, dark nature of the film, filled with twists and turns and such unpredictability. I do know Ralph cut a lot out of this film that was shown in the first trailer and other promotional pictures (apparently an entire character isn’t in the film either) to cut down the runtime to 80 minutes, but I did wish it was longer, so it could show me some more character development, and judging by what Ralph has described of the film and what I’ve seen, there’s clearly more to this film than what we see.
By the end everything turns into chaos, and it had me at the edge, and just the way it finished couldn’t have been more perfect.
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BEAUTIFUL BOY (2018) movie review: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” BEAUTIFUL BOY is the true story of David Sheff (Steve Carell), a journalist, and his struggle with getting his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet), off drugs.
BEAUTIFUL BOY is a good film, but very unfocused. However, starting with the positives, Chalamet and Carell as Nic and David, respectively, are really on their A-game in this film. Carell plays an optimistic but beaten father, who won’t give up on his son, and get him through tough times. You may never feel like you’re ACTUALLY watching the character but Carell himself, but he really puts his all in this role, but the scene stealer of the film really is Chalamet. Chalamet does such a fantastic job showing how his character changes through drug use; in one moment he’ll be all nice and giving James Dean vibes, and the very next second turn into a paranoid, shouting freak. it’s beautiful to watch.
From the top notch performances of Chalamet and Carell, then there’s the editing and the music. The film for nearly the first hour and half, cuts from present day to multiple flashbacks but almost NEVER has a proper flow. This happens a lot for the first 90 minutes, and I feel if the film was just told mostly in a chronological order with just few flashbacks, the narrative could have been much stronger, and I wished the film showed how Nic slowly turned towards drug use, but instead it showed me Nic running away from home for the 15th time. He’s done already done it 14 times before, so it’s not engaging to watch anymore.
Also, the film’s music is very inconsistent. From saxophone jazz to BLADE RUNNER 2049-like droning score, the film just can’t make up its mind on what music it wants to use to set the tone, so it just ends up feeling like director Felix Van Groeningen listened to a bunch of happy and sad songs, but didn’t have any of the songs have a proper flow, and this leads to scenes with music in the film feel like you’re suddenly watching a completely different film.
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THE FAVOURITE movie review:
Similar to THE LOBSTER, Yorgos Lanthimos presents his story as a dark comedy. He makes characters in the film deliver dialogue and behave in a stilted manner, creating a feeling of uneasiness, and thus making the jokes come across as dark humour, put in this story about cynicism and being taken advantage of. But despite the film’s screenplay, what makes THE FAVOURITE a straight up knockout are the three lead performances, given by Olivia Coleman (Anne), Rachel Weisz (Sarah) and Emma Stone (Abigail). The three women— especially Weisz and Coleman deliver their lines like rapid fire, Lady Sarah’s threats to Abigail feeling oddly funny but believable, and Queen Anne’s cries and shouts impactful enough to make us feel sorry for us, especially after we realize she’s being used as a tool by the two cousins. Coleman May steal the show as the funny but sympathetic Queen, but Weisz, who is often underused and overlooked in most films, really shines here, and then there’s one of my favourite actresses Emma Stone, as Abigail, who as usual does a fantastic job. Similar to Lady Sarah Abigail also comes across as cold hearted, but once you realize while Sarah actually cares about Anne, Abigail is just pretending for the fun of it, and gaining the Queen’s respect, creating a great dynamic conflict between the two, whose complexed minds constantly try to beat the other one out.
The wide and fisheye lens shots create an atmosphere of uncertainty, where you constantly get the feel ling anything wrong can happen in any scene and thus making you draw closer to the screen ready for what’s about to happen next, and this is also backed up by the strange, ambient score, that mixes experimental music with old school orchestra, welcoming us to this strange, and somewhat comedic but dark world this film is set in.
BLINDSPOTTING movie review: (SPOILERS, KINDA)
BLINDSPOTTING tells the story of two best friends named Miles and Collins, who work for a moving company; Colin in the last few days off his probation, and Miles being his short-tempered pal.
BLINDSPOTTING is so much more than the synopsis I have given you; it’s about police brutality and racism, gun control, and slowly conflicting relationships. Our two stars, played by Daveed Diggs (Collins) and Rafael Casal (Miles) also wrote the film’s screenplay, and it is filled with many witty, hilarious lines, and the way they have told this story makes the film so engaging to watch, because for the first forty minutes or so, the film is a comedy and you have absolutely no clue where it is heading, but once Collins continues to feel the horrors of watching a black man becoming the victim of police brutality, and a conflict between Miles’ family rises with his possession of a gun, the laughters stop, and what you’re left with is a very serious, dark and impactful film, that honestly shook me. The two actors/writers and director Carlos Lopez Estrada have made a story, that, despite its comedy, feels real, and well speaks to situations today, and its themes are well presented in three scenes that were my absolute favourites of the film, one involving Miles and Collins in an argument, second Collins being followed by a police car late night after his argument and third taking place in a cop’s basement, involving words spoken through rapping. The messages that are being conveyed by the film don’t feel heavy handed, but rather in a way that we all can understand and feel touched by, and neither does it try to put down anyone, even the cop who kill the young man; later on the film you see he feels genuinely sorry for his action.
BLINDSPOTTING is sadly popularity and commercial wise one of the most underrated movies of 2018, but since better late than ever, I highly recommend it checking out, despite some sound effect issues such as punchings that sound more like car doors constantly closing.
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Movie: PULP FICTION (1994)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Quentin Tarantino
Jules: I'm not giving you that money. I'm buying something from you. Wanna know what I'm buyin' Ringo?
Jules: Your life. I'm givin' you that money so I don't have to kill your ass. You read the Bible?
Pumpkin: Not regularly.
Jules: There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you." Now... I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You'd be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. See, now I'm thinking: maybe it means you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here... he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. And I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.
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Hey, LA LA LAND, it’s me! That guy named Aum, who saw you two years ago for the first time today? Remember me? Just wanted to say, you are my favourite musical. I like that you didn’t just use musical numbers for the sake of being a musical; your numbers actually helped pushing the plot forward and showing character growth.
Oh, and you were my most anticipated movie of that year, it was 2016, two years ago! Who feels much older? Me, or you? I’d say I thought you were going to be more magical than your trailers made you look like, but you lived up to my expectations and became my favourite film of 2016. MOONLIGHT won Best Picture over you, but don’t worry, you won the most of the Academy Awards that year, taking 6 in your bag out of a record-tying 14.
You have this sibling named WHIPLASH that is better than you are, but you are so much more magical, beautiful, and made with so much heart (WHIPLASH is also made of so much heart, duh), but you also have some flaws? What’s with your editing? Camera would linger on a character for a long time, and it’ll feel like the actor/actress is just waiting for someone to yell, “Cut!” Also, what’s up with your sound mixing? At one point your characters were talking from a wide distant shot, but it didn’t appear like their lips were moving.
WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK WAS THAT I WROTE. Just feeling very nostalgic today.
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Movie: Her (2013)
Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt
Theodore: Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt.
Ever get that feeling of loneliness and introversion, even when you’re social? A word for that is ambivert. That’s how I’d describe myself, i was being honest. Some people I know less tend to be the ones I trust the most than the ones I’ve known the most, and it’s creating this black hole inside of me, where I don’t know which direction I’m falling towards. But I have part of a family, good friends and teachers, and I just want them to be proud of me.
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DIE HARD movie review:
Even 30 years after its release, DIE HARD still has it all. Badass action scenes that feel real, brutal, and not super choreographed like THE RAID, and while the hyper stylized action scenes work in a movie like THE RAID, DIE HARD takes a more gritty, and raw approach at it, making every hit and every punch, feel brutal, and goddamn those gunshots and explosions sure do sound great with T.V. speakers on.
At the centre of all the awesome action, is Bruce Willis and John McClane, in the role that turned him into a Hollywood star. John is the embodiment of what you call the Everyman, someone ordinary who gets caught up in some extraordinary things, and over the course of the story you easily identify with. John isn’t a Terminator-esque nonstop killing machine, but instead a man who DOES get so physically beaten, hurt, and makes choices perhaps WE would, if thrown in the same situation as him.
The great Alan Rickman as one of cinema’s greatest villains, Hans Gruber is perfectly casted, in what is his first acting role, which goes to show it’s never too late to start. Hans has charm and wit that makes him somewhat likeable, and I’d go as far to say this makes me at brief times root for him, because he just has a presence every time he’s on screen, you can’t help but smile, similar to the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT or Hans Landa in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS. Alan Rickman relished every single scene he was in, and was always a terrific actor, and played what are supposed to he hated characters, with so much heart and likability, take his performance as Severus Snape, for example.
Despite a film that has aged very well over time, there is one thing that some may have issue with, which is how John’s character is a little sexist, when he tells his wife Holly how HE should be the one working, not her; she should be at home watching over the kids.
Over all, DIE HARD is my favourite Christmas film, and a great film to revisit over and over agin.
Have a great Christmas everyone, and Alan Rickman, Rest In Peace; with this film you have given us one of the greatest movie villains of all time, and played him with so much likability.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE movie review:
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE tells the story of George Bailey, played by James Stewart, who is a man of big dreams, but he gives them up to help those in needs, and after a suicide attempt on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel shows him how much he has impacted the people in his town, and what life would be like without him.
This movie is a must watch. Directed beautifully with so much heart, soul and love by Frank Capra, written hilariously and inspiringly by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hacke, Capra himself, and on the lead a stellar, charming performance by James Stewart, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is without a doubt not just one of the greatest Christmas films of all time, but one of the greatest films of all time and with a rewatch yesterday, definitely one of my favourites.
The film has a sweet message about being happy with what you have and the importance of family, friends and love, and it doesn’t do this in a forceful way, where Capra puts a neon sign over these characters and says how important these people mean to each other and how happy they are with their needs and wants. Unlike a Disney film, this simply does not happen.
James Stewart gives a lifetime performance in this film. His character doesn’t talk and behave like most characters in films from that era, who would constantly yell with excitement, and talk fast and over exaggerate their actions;— James Stewart perfectly plays a man that feels real, relatable, and someone you can really understand and feel for. You WANT to see him succeed and win over the film’s villain Mr. Potter, and when he does so it puts a smile on our face, because we like his character, George, and want to see him win, and find happiness.
Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time of its release with many critics calling the film a “Communist trick” and a distortion of reality, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE has become a Christmas and cinematic staple, and a film to be visited over and over agin, and with all that said IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE definitely deserves an—
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CONTROL post part 2/2
Movie: CONTROL (2007)
Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara “Confusion in her eyes that says it all.
She's lost control.
And she's clinging to the nearest passer by,
She's lost control.
And she gave away the secrets of her past,
And said I've lost control again,
And a voice that told her when and where to act,
She said I've lost control again.
And she turned around and took me by the hand and said,
I've lost control again.
And how I'll never know just why or understand,
She said I've lost control again.
And she screamed out kicking on her side and said,
I've lost control again.
And seized up on the floor, I thought she'd die.
She said I've lost control.
She's lost control again.
She's lost control.
She's lost control again.
She's lost control.
Well I had to 'phone her friend to state my case,
And say she's lost control again.
And she showed up all the errors and mistakes,
And said I've lost control again.
But she expressed herself in many different ways,
Until she lost control again.
And walked upon the edge of no escape,
And laughed I've lost control.
She's lost control again.
She's lost control.
She's lost control again.
She's lost control.” - “She’s Lost Control,” Joy Division
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Movie: FIRST MAN (2018)
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stroll
JFK: We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.
Janet: Pat doesn't have a husband. Those kids, they don't have a father anymore. Do you understand what that means? What are the chances that's going to be Ricky and Mark? And I can't tell them that their dad spent the last few minutes packing his briefcase! You're gonna sit them down. Both of them. And you're going to prepare them for the fact that you might not ever come home. You're doing that. You. Not me. I'm done.
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