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Isle of Dogs (2018)
Wes Anderson Does it Again
Isle of Dogs is another masterfully created film from Wes Anderson. It comes with all the quirks and distinctive style we've come to expect from him, and it works on an amazing level. The most amazing thing about this film are the visuals. Everything is meticulously crafted and done in such a way that you can't look away from the screen. The movements of all the characters along with the settings look spectacular, and the stop-motion style animation only makes it more pleasing to watch. All the visuals cleatly had an immense amount of work poured into them, and it definitely paid off. The dialogue is just as witty and entertaining as any other Wes Anderson movie, and most of the characters are perfectly-cast. Although the story is simplisitc, it doesn't really negatively affect the movie because everything else is done in such a fantastic manner. The cinemotography is just as aesthetically pleasing as any other Wes Anderson movie, with plenty of symmetrical shots. The score by Alexandre Desplat is also incredible, as it fits the tone and feeling of the movie very well. On occasion, some Japansese characters speak Japanese without subtitles, although simply a personal preferance, that would be my only criticism of the film. Overall, this film is incredibly enjoyable and well-made, and it is a must-watch for everyone. If you love filmmaking as an artform, this is the movie for you. Go and watch it.
So Absolutely Awful
Everything about this movie is absolutely terrible. The plot is boring, the acting is atrocius, the writing, directing, cinemotagoraphy, and soundtrack are all dull, and worst of all, it's not even fun. I usually enjoy The Rock as his films can sometimes be fun to watch. This is not one of those films. This movie is just incredibly stupid and unentertaining. It's not funny, the action is bad, and I simply did not enjoy myself in the theater. Do not go and see Rampage, it's not worth your money.
A Quiet Place (2018)
A Quiet Place is a great horror film. This is one of the most genuinely scary horror movies that has come out in a very long time. It seems to be third time's the charm for John Krasinski in the director's chair, as he truly hit this one out of the park. Not only are the horror scenes some of the best I have seen in recent memory, but you actually care and feel for the characters. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are both fantastic, and demonstarte a great on-screen chemistry, consdiering they are married in real life. The kids were pretty good as well, as long as they weren't talking, (I'll get to that in a minute). The film build tension incredibly well, and, I must reiterate, the horror in this movie is actually scary. A Quiet Place is not full of dumb and cheap jump scares, it provides real horror. The scares in this movie are earned through scenes full of tension and uneasiness that lead to the scare, they are not lazily thrown in throughout the film. The cinematogorphy is also very well done, with most of the shots in the film being interesting and captivating. But, as is usually the case, there are a few scenes in this movie that aren't very good. There is a scene where John Krasinski is talking to his son near a waterfall, and the entire conversation is a little cringy, because the kid is not a good actor when he has to talk. There are a couple other shots and scenes that annoyed me as well. I found the very last shot of the film to be a little cliché and unneccesary, (but I won't spoil it for you). Overall, A Quiet Place is a genuinely scary film, filled with very good perfomances, great direction, a great story, and great cinemotography, make sure you check this one out.
Look, everyone knew it was going to be terrible, and it was terrible. What's the surprise? I saw it on a plane because I had nothing else to do and I would say there were probably 2 or 3 special effects that looked cool, and everything else was awful. Just don't watch it, it's really bad.
Charlie Kaufman is one of the best screenwriters of all time. In this film, he manages to write a movie about writing a movie, along with writing a movie about a book. He writes so elegantly about the process of screenwriting, and shows the many struggles and frustrations it presents. Every single performance is incredbile. Meryl Streep is fantastic, as is Chris Cooper, and Nicholas Cage gives one of the best perfoamnces I have seen in a very long time. He portrays both Donald and Charlie Kaufman (forgot to mention that Charlie Kaufman wrote himself as the main character of the film because it is about Charlie Kaufman trying to write a film and running into writer's block), and gives an incredbily nuanced and subtle performance, ensuring you can tell the identical twin brothers (Donald Kaufman being ficitious), apart. The film's ending goes against all of Charlie Kaufman's beliefs about what good screenwriting is, and that's the point. The end of the film includes a car chase, sex, guns, and pointless action, all the clichés Charlie Kaufman despises, yet he did this on purpose, more as a satirical statement on Hollywood than a serious ending. The ending also shows that maybe Charlie Kaufman's desire to be an intellectual and thought-provoking writer can only work for two thirds of a film when adapting a book like The Orchid Thief, but can't necessarily create a third act, because there isn't really a story to tell. Adaptaion is one of the most original, hilarous, and thought-provoking films I have ever seen. It's a must watch.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Almost a Masterpiece
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is one of my favorite films of 2017. Yorgos Lanthimos has done it again writing one of the most compelling scripts of the year. The story is incredibly intriguing, and builds tension incredibly well throughout the film. The film is disturbing, not in terms of violence, but in the way it messes with your head. The acting is great from Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. As is the case with all his movies, Yorgos Lanthimos brings his unique direction style in a way that it almost seems the characters are living in their own world. The cinematogrophy is also fantastic, adding to the tension and uneasiness of the film. My only criticism is that I wish I knew more about the teenager's motivationt to cause such harm, and how he did it. Overall a fantastic film and you should definitely watch it.
This film is so unbelievably bad you won't know what to think after watching it. Halle Berry gives one of the worst and least-convincing performances I have ever seen. Everything happens so quickly and there is absolutely no time for you to develop any emotions or understand the characters. The direction is awful, the writing is some of the worst I've ever seen, all of the acting is terrible, the cinemotography is on par with that of the "Saw" films, and watching this film may chronically injure your brain. Do not watch this film. It is complete, utter, trash. Worst film of 2017, even worse than Baywatch.
This Is England (2006)
This Is England is a masterly crafted drama. The film manages to balance comedy and a sence of tragedy incredibly well throughout the entire film. The acting is simply brilliant. For a first-time actor, I was blown away by the performance of Thomas Turgoose, who played Sean. Stephen Graham, the actor who played Combo, provided the most effective and dramatic scenes in the film, and was absolutely fantastic. The writing seems incredibly real, and you feel as if you are almost watching a documentary because of how natural the dialogue feels. The cinematography is great, it is well-directed, and the story is captivating. My only criticism would be that the music, on occasion, does some of the thinking for you, and there were just one or two scenes I found to be a little cheesy. Definitely watch this film. You will be blown away by the realness of it, and it surely won't be a waste of your time.
Red Sparrow (2018)
I am confused as to how this abomination of a film was approved by a major studio. The only possible explanation I can think of as to why this happened, is because some Hollywood executive saw Jennifer Lawrence's name and said, "Well this should make money." Let's start with the one thing that isn't terrible, Jennifer Lawrence. Now she surely isn't good in the movie, but she isn't awful, and that's about the only good thing I can say about this film. Red Sparrow is atociusly written, horrifically directed, poorly acted, and poorly shot. This filmn fails on nearly every level, the score is awful as well. Much of the dialogue is forced and cheesy, and doesn't fit the film's attempted tone. This film also had a few attepmpts at humor, and failed at every single one of them. Red Sparrow is also neelessly brutal and violent. Violence, if used correctly, can greatly improve the effecvtiveness and punch of a film. Red Sparrow is violent for no reasn, and borders on torture porn. Do not watch this film. Everything about it is bad, and it is increibly boring.
Very good cliche-defying teen film
This film is incredbily entertaining and intriguing from beginning to end. Our two lead actresses both give fantastic performances, as wealthy teenage girls from suburban Connecticut. The story unfolds in a very interesting way and the ending left me satisifed. The cameraweork is stunning, and the direction is great, especially for a directorial debut. It manages to be both comedic and dark and balances the tone quite well. There is one plot line including Anton Yelich that I would have liked to see wrapped up a little better, but it definietely does not take away from the overall enjoyment of the film. This film is intriguing and brings a much-needed spin to a genre that often produces subpar films. You should definitely go watch Thoroughbreds, you will not be dissapointed.
Game Night (2018)
Avoid at all costs
This movie is unfunny, unoriginal, unintriguing, and boring. The idea is certainly a good one, and I could have seen it being carried out well, but unfortunately the idea was given to a man who had never directed a movie before, and it shows. The direction is simply boring, only consisting of shot-reverse shot and adding nothing special to keep your interest. The script is absolutely terrible. I laughed two times throughout this entire film, and the second time I laughed was because of my embarassment at the film's attemt for humor. The acting is fine, but the actors are simply given nothing to do. This film fails both at being an action movie and a comedy and I urge you to avoid it, unless you want to spend 2 hours of your life boring yourself.
Goodfellas is one of the best crime movies of all time as I would rank it up there with The Godfather, even though the two are hars to compare. Scorsese's directing style is really what makes the film, with multiple long takes and the use of Scorsese's masterful framing, we feel what it is like to be a gangster. The perfromances are impeccable, with Deniro, Pesci, and Liotta giving some of the best perfroamces of the 90's. The story is incredibly well told and the fact that it is based off of a true story only makes it more interesting. I enjoy the narration done by Henry Hill and his wife Karen, as it gives us an inside look of what is going on in the characters' heads. The film shows the harshness of the mafia yet still manages to be funny in one of the best crime films ever made.
The Square (2017)
Very Interesting Film
The Square may have some problems overall, but it is a great film. Ruben Ostuland seems to be establishing himself as a truly great director, first making Force Majeure followed by this. The acting is great, the film is incredibly well shot, and many pieces of intereseting social commentary are laced in throughout the film. The film manages to give off a very interesting tone, a mix of dark comedy, psychological horror, and drama. The film may run a little long with its 2 and a half hour run time, and some scenes and ideas feel unnecessary and are only brought up once in the film never to be explored again, yet this is still a great film and is one I would definitely reccomend, especially to those who were fans of Force Majeure.
Black Panther (2018)
Don't Listen to the Hype
Black Panther is really just another predictable and average Marvel movie. Most Marvel movies I find enjoyable to a certain extent, and would usually rate a 6 or 7/10, but this movie falls short. The characters are weak, the writing and story are quite bland, the acting is whatever, and Black Panther himself is meh. The entire movie is really just a whole bunch of average and boring series of events that follow the cookie cutter format of any other superhero movie. What makes this movie slightly worse than your average superhero movie, is that the humor is terrible and it takes itself far too seriously. We are even treated to a "What are those?!" joke near the middle of the film. Overall, Black Panther is a slighlty below average film that you really don't have to watch.
P.S. There is no meaningful political commentary in this film. Don't listen to the people that say there is.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption is a fantastic film that is a must see for anybody. It has one of the most intriguing and intersting stories of any film ever, and is well-directed, acted, and written. Everything about this film is fantastic.