I finally watched **It Follows** and it was great. I can't stand horror movies that rely on jump scares, so it was very refreshing to see a movie be scary without cheap tactics.
I had never seen Hitchcock’s **Rear Window**, and I was blown away. This is hardly a new opinion, but I loved everything about it, and wanted to rewatch it basically the second it ended.
**Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street** is an incredibly entertaining musical. I love it's aesthetic and dark humor. It's very theatrical but in a way that added to the film for me. When Johnny Depp actually tries in a role, it can be something truly great and this is one of those roles.
*Brawl in Cell Block 99*
Honestly the first half is a necessary evil (it's a slow and fairly mediocre little drama romp leading up to what you came to see) but it serves and amplifies the effect of the bone crunching nihilistic action of the second half.
Vince Vaughn is also superb in the role.
**Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind**
I watched this on Valentine’s Day. For reference I am a single guy who has never dated anyone (I’m in high school). Anyway, just watching all my friends go through relationships. Always suffering because they don’t expect an end to it. I just get saddened that that is the nature of the world.
Going to the movie itself, it just brought out that idea of how everything is painful he moment it ends, but fine until that point. I don’t know. Jim Carrey has such a delightful performance of that person who was completely unsure. I thought he was delightfully naive and in the end I was just impressed at how many seeds he and the director laid throughout the movie about what happened at the end.
It was one of those movies which you watch not knowing what is going on, but are just gripped by it all the way through until that point which you start to understand, and then you reevaluate the film while watching this. I watched this on the 14th and I am still thinking about it.
My other thoughts on the movie were that Mark Ruffalo is so funny. The quirkiness of performance was just genius in a way. Everyone had top notch acting.
It was a quirky movie that confused me until it didnt, and then it just left me thinking. I do not cry much in movies, but I did for this one. And that makes it spectacular in my eyes.
I saw The Florida Project yesterday (A theater near me is showing the Oscar-nominated films that didn't get big releases, which is cool. I'm going to see Loving Vincent there today.). It was really good and did an excellent job showing the world from the perspective of a child. The cast did a great job even though most of the people in it aren't professional actors and it looked pretty great as well. My one problem with it was the ending, which seemed completely unconnected to the film.
*Hell or High Water* - Taylor Sheridan can write a helluva movie. Wonderful performances all around but Jeff Bridges stole the show
I finally got around to watching Edgar Wright's *The World's End*. No idea why I kept off from watching this film for so long, I'm a big fan of Edgar Wright's films, I just never got around to checking this one out. Bloody well glad I finally did!
There's near nothing I didn't like about this film, it was absolutely hilarious, pleasantly paced, had great performances and a wonderfully absurd yet hearfelt story. I didn't find it as a funny or quotable as *Shaun of the Dead* or *Hot Fuzz*, but that's probably cos I've just seen this the one time. All in all, a solid comedy, I plan on revisiting it many times.
The Big Sick. Nice refreshing look at at the rom com. The actors all nailed their roles as well, especially Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
The Justice League.
It wasn't a good week.
I finally watched **Lady Bird**, and I've got to say, it was an amazing film. It's not your typical teenage drama and it was filled with emotion. [The final part, when she's finally on New York, really got me, it was so powerful; from Lady Bird calling herself Christine, to that final phone call.](#spoiler)
**The Gift (2015)**
A severely underrated creepy thriller. Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton gave great performances.
I watched “In Bruges” for my seminar class since we have to write a paper comparing it to Dante’s inferno. It’s been on my list for a while so it was a nice.
I’m pretty salty that it lost best original screenplay to milk though
**Raiders of the Lost Ark**
I had never seen any Indiana Jones film before and was bored earlier this week when I saw they had all four of them on Hulu so I watched Raiders and Temple of Doom so far. Raiders is definitely the stronger of the two(Temple kind of sucks, idk if that's an unpopular opinion or not), it's not one of my favorite films of all time or anything but a very strong film that I would probably give an 8/10 to. My favorite part of the movie is probably how Indy looks tired or uninterested during pretty much all of the action sequences, idk why that was so great to watch. I also really liked Marion as a character(she was the main difference in the two films imo, Willie might be my least favorite character in film history), I wish her and Indy's romance was explored a little more rather than them basically being a couple after her introduction scene but she has some really great scenes and even saves Indy's ass a couple times which I liked. Overall I'm glad I finally saw Raiders, it's a really fun film, and I hope The Last Crusade is a step up from Temple of Doom.
Good time . I loved everything about the movie but what I found surprising was how awesome the soundtrack is .
As much as I enjoyed Black Panther, the best film I saw this week was 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I made it a point to see some of the more critically acclaimed films from last year this week so that included Wonder, The Florida Project, and Roman J Israel. I'm not sure 3 Billboards is rewatchable but it's certainly been the one that's stuck with me the most. The performances by everyone involved, especially Frances Mcdormand was just top notch. Black Panther was a rousing theater experience, but 3 Billboards was a great film.
Memento (2000). Probably my 5th time watching it and it still gets better every viewing. Nolan truly demonstrates the craft of filmmaking by using such unique storytelling and contrasting the color and black and white scenes. Guy Pearce is the man and deserves far more lead roles. Bonus points for it still being able to make me laugh too with lines like "huh, I don't feel drunk." If you somehow haven't seen this yet it's on Netflix (US at least) so go check it out asap.
**The Hurt Locker**
I noticed this is on Netflix, so I decided to give it another run-through even though I've seen it once already. I'm so glad I did. The first time I watched it, I was in it for the action. The suspense of knowing a bomb could go off at any moment. However, knowing that [all three main characters make it to the end of the film](#spoiler) this time allowed me to really watch the movie for those characters.
Seeing the different perspectives of war through their personalities was really intriguing, and it actually made me dislike James.
**Sita sings the Blues**
What did I just watch? Loved every minute of it. As an Indian myself, I liked Nina Paley's artistic interpretation of the Ramayana. It was hilarious. The stop motion work was fantastic. Definitely watching it again.
The entire movie is available for free in youtube. I would definitely recommend it to anybody interested.
Have you ever seen a film that inexplicably connected with you? It happened to me. It's a Brazilian animated film **Boy and the World**. A boy's father leaves to find work in the city and the boy goes after him. Along the way he meets an old man, a young man, many inexplicable creatures and has an adventure that ends unconventionally much like most of the film. But that isn't what made the film special for me. It was the way that it captured childhood.
And boy, it made me a sobbing mess for about two-thirds of the film. Maybe because I see it at a time of my life when I want to be a kid again. Maybe it's because I've lost that part of me that would feel like this boy did. So full of energy and hope and enthusiasm to go into the world and do anything. I don't know if it will resonate with anyone else who sees it as I saw it by myself. It doesn't even have dialogues, how did it manage to make me so emotional that when I was watching the trailer afterwards at work I had to mute it because the score was tearing me up? Is it because I used my crayon drawings looked similar to what has been animated in the film that I've forged some sort of subconscious connection to this film? I don't know.
I don't know if this film will have the same effect for anyone else. It most likely won't. But it's had me question everything about what makes movies significant. Can they look like a child's drawing come to life? Does it work as a storytelling medium without words? And is entertainment really the point of movies or is it art?
I know this is kinda circlejerky on r/movies right now but **Blade Runner 2049**
It's basically what I though the new Star Wars movies would be, it built on the previous movie and made it better retroactively in my opinion. Because it didn't tell the same story, the previous characters weren't background characters Deckard and Rachael were still the main characters even though they were hardly in the film.
Ford actually looked like he gave a fuck about this character, Gosling felt a little stiff at times but I guess that was the point.
[It reminded of Pinocchio, K desperately wants to be a real boy. And he thinks he has this fairy Joi that will grant him his wish. Then he thinks he's got it, he has a real family, a real past, a real girlfriend. Joi actually names him, and he thinks the experience is real because he's real, and thus has a real name. He learns this is all bullshit, he isn't the chosen one, he isn't real and he sees a ad of Joi that calls him Joe. In the best scene of the movie imo, you can see him just mentally and emotionally just basically fall apart at the seems. And then he saves Deckard against the wishes of the replicants, and Deckard wants to know why he did all this and it's because even though he isn't real he was able to make a real experience for someone else. He then sees the snowflakes falling around while he dies, and they're all unique and special. Unlike him. Tldr: K isn't a special snowflake](#spoiler)
**Good Time**. Outstanding filmmaking with nothing but flawless performances from Robert Pattinson and Ben Safdie. I actually teared up a little bit at the end.
Watched **Children of Men** for the first time, I really liked it. My only real criticism is that some of the shots were a bit too shaky for my taste, I don't mind handheld shots most of the time but there were some moments where it was a bit annoying. Overall though, I understand why handheld was used and the movie is better for it.
Why is Clive Owen not in more shit?
I went into this film with an unbelievable amount of hype, and it lived up to it. Part of that might be because I’m a big time Marvel fan (both comic-wise and movie wise). Part of that might be my proud African (Ghanaian specifically) heritage. But I think it is largely because Ryan Coogler was able to craft a deeply entertaining, yet thought-provoking story about kinship and the role of a leader. It’s visually striking in a way that is different from other colorful Marvel fare (i.e. Guardians, Thor: Ragnarok), but just as satisfying. I think it’s the strongest ensemble Marvel has had to date, and enough has already been said about Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger (both character and performance-wise) that I don’t think I could add anything new to. Also shouts out to Ludwig Goransson for my favorite Marvel score besides Alan Silvestri’s Avengers score. The musical moments of [the man singing, followed by the powerful orchestra when Wakanda is introduced, as well as the return to it when Killmonger dies](#spoiler) were some of my favorites.
I saw it twice, and it just got so much better the second time. Highly recommend!
Watched Interstellar this week again and really enjoyed it. But I think the best film I watched has to be La La Land. Watched it for the second time and think it's a movie that needs to be watched twice. The confidence required to make that movie is something else. Whiplash was a great film but it was one built on a solid foundation of intense drama. La La Land isn't really a film that's particularly dramatic. Chazelle was banking on the charm of the movie being enough to sustain it for 2 hours. That takes some serious vision to both and attempt and make work. To have two such fantastic leads obviously helps enormously. Both Stone and Gosling have charm in spades. But Chazelle's sense of dramatic timing was the key to making this understated drama work.
Some stand out moments.
- When Mia goes to the party at the start we don't get to hear that conversation with the guy creeping on her. It keeps the music going instead so the tone is maintained up until that brief moment where she's alone in the bathroom then back out for the music to pick up again. Flow was given prevalence here which is again a real mark of Chazelle's confidence.
- Dramatic use of lense adjustment. There's a few scenes where the lense subtly yet noticeably shifts for dramatic effect. There's the scene where she's in the coffee shop and Seb shows up and there's the moment before she goes out on stage. Just a nice deliberate use of the camera for drama.
- The quick look into the camera before the starlight dancing. A nice fourth wall break to lead into the more fantastical shift. (Also nice to see the observatory that I'd shot to pieces in GTA5 feature so heavily).
- Green Mia standing in the yellow kitchen.
- Editing restraint during one of the true dramatic moments. When they have their confrontation in the apartment the music stops for dramatic effect. But the scene doesn't derail the tension by cutting to a close up shot of the record player. That shot is saved until Seb leaves the table and the main confrontation is over.
- Mia in the restaurant experiencing the inverse of what she'd described earlier. The conversation fades into the background as she starts to focus on the music instead. And it's because of what Seb said to her about the importance of music and context.
- Use of light to frame drama throughout. The final audition and the final performance being obvious standouts. And again that comes down to dramatic timing. Chazelle knowing how to make those transitions in just the right way to draw you in rather than put you off.
Overall just such a gutsy movie. If it didn't come together just right it would have been a total trainwreck. It's small details that make or break most scenes. With a concept like La La Land the margin for error is even tighter. But Chazelle managed to make a musical about jazz that people like me who don't enjoy musicals or jazz would enjoy.