This isn’t the ultimate battle between cynical filmgoer and happy-go-lucky filmgoer. There is something actually very wrong with War Horse, and no matter how many times it made you cry or made you go goggly eyed at the cinematography, it is shallow.
If enough people walk out of theaters with crumpled up tissues in their hands (non skin flick), aspiring filmmakers will look at War Horse as the “how to” way of getting an emotional reaction from the audience. NO. There is not a truly… Continue
Added by Andrew on August 25, 2012 at 5:15pm —
You can feel your heart sink right as it starts. The steel blinds slowly come down, the sound proof doors are opened, and dinner is prepared for two. Average looking Michael (Michael Fuith) opens up another door and simply says "come on" like your dad tells you to get out of bed.
You know what is happening, and the feeling is terrible at first. After a long moment of breath holding, a young boy emerges from the darkened room. The both of them sit down for… Continue
Added by Andrew on May 22, 2012 at 2:32pm —
The opening of Tyrannosaur sets the tone. An age hardened, hideously angry man kicks his dog. He immediately stops after his dog has fallen. The animal is looking at him with an expression of pain and confusion. The dog dies shortly thereafter, and the man buries him with a profound sadness and fragility. Throughout the rest of the film, I kept thinking of that dog and if his cruel death was some sort of mercy on the part of the owner.
The man's name is… Continue
Added by Andrew on May 22, 2012 at 2:30pm —
Ten favorite movies I watched in April
10. Charulata (1964, aka "The Lonely Wife", director Satyajit Ray)
9. L'Eclisse (1962, director Michelangelo Antonioni)
What made L'Avventura so great was how challenging it was to access. Not many people could become fascinated by characters who were absolutely boring. But the beauty of their lifelessness was that they were terrified of disappearing into anonymity, thus making them ultimately human.
L'Eclisse is… Continue
Added by Andrew on May 18, 2012 at 9:00am —
There is something incredibly unsettling about the central point of
Todd Solondz's Happiness. The point is that the pedophiles, murderers,
sex-phone stalkers and psychopaths of the film are closer to us than
we think (or care to think). But really, what disturbs me most are the
subtle parts about it. Like how a young boy who finds blood in his
shit after being raped is more concerned with missing school rather
than going to the hospital. Or how a large pervert eats… Continue
Added by Andrew on May 3, 2012 at 12:31pm —
Favorite movies from each decade
Im really sick and really bored so I tossed this together. Hope you guys find it interesting!
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
There Will Be Blood
No Country For Old Men
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Added by Andrew on March 19, 2012 at 10:30pm —
Oscar Predictions 2012
The Artist. Although the wonderful Hugo leads the pack with 11 nominations, Michel Hazanavicius' loving tribute to the silent age of cinema is the favorite. It is the academy's perfect vision of a best picture. Influenced by classics like Singing in the Rain and pleasing the audience with entertaining originality, The Artist is a miracle.
Ouch, ouch, ouch. There is George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dejuardin… Continue
Added by Andrew on February 24, 2012 at 12:23pm —
5. L.A. Noire
Rockstar made the great video game Red Dead Redemption last year, which was my favorite game of that year. The western is also one of my favorite genres. Now, they have granted us with the masterful L.A. Noire. A game that wears it's genre influences on its sleeve and still remains incredibly original and compelling. I have beaten it twice, and I look forward to revisiting the cases I failed to get the highest star rating on. I don't play Cole Phelps, I feel like I am him. SO… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 31, 2012 at 1:55pm —
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
7. Saoirse Ronan for Hanna: She gave her breakout performance as the bitch in 'Atonement'. Now, here is her most star-making role as young, merciless killer, Hanna.
6. Viola Davis for The Help: A well-restrained, perfectly acted performance.
5. Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia: Dunst is shattering here. Just study her expressions during the most concentrated of scenes. How often do you see a performance so… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 12, 2012 at 12:03pm —
11. Kelly Reichardt for Meek's Cutoff: As I mentioned before, this is probably the truest, most honest of westerns because it is not all cowboys and whiskey. It is harrowing, oddly funny, and deeply moving.
10. Denis Villeneuve for Incendies: Denis is a master here at peeling back each story and plot gently, and letting the big blow not blind-side you, but soak in.
9. Martin Scorsese for Hugo: This film is Scorsese's most personal, loving film. And… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 12, 2012 at 11:39am —
27. The Help
26. Certified Copy
24. Troll Hunter
23. X Men First Class
22. Meek's Cutoff
19. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
18. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
16. The Ides of March
15. Midnight In Paris
14. I Saw The Devil
13. Take… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 12, 2012 at 11:30am —
5. Rango (Hans Zimmer): Zimmer doesn't top his 'Inception' score here, but this is still something everyone should listen to.
4. Hanna (The Chemical Brothers): This is one of the most electrifying things I have ever heard in a movie. Only the following three scores could top it.
3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor): The two match their score for 'The Social Network' here with an eerie, bleak, even hectic… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 10:58pm —
5. Lea Seydoux in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: Man, she is so fine holding a silencer...
4. January Jones in X Men First Class: She was terrible in this film, yet, she is a modern day Bond Girl.
3. Jessica Chastain in The Help: That dress she wears at a party in this film is soooooooo, uh, pretty!
2. Hayley Atwell in Captain America: Eh, something tells me Pvtsnafu is gonna kick my ass if he comes across this. She is one of the most… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 10:30pm —
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
5. Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2: (SPOILER), Rickman has one of the best death scenes I have ever seen. Everything he has done in the earlier films makes so much sense now. It is tear-jerking.
4. Nick Nolte in Warrior: This was such a believable performance. At one point, you think the film crew just walked in on Nolte shitfaced like crazy. Authentic stuff.
3. Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Ides Of… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 10:30pm —
BEST OPENING SEQUENCE
7. Midnight In Paris: Very relaxing and beautiful cinematography.
6. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: Cartoony and jaw-dropping.
5. Hugo: Opens with a long shot through a paris train station up to a magnificent clock-tower. Stunning.
4. The Tree Of Life: If you didn't know this was a Terrence Malick film going in, this will tell you. That can be a good thing or a bad thing for people, I loved it.
3. Drive: Hmmm,… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 3:30pm —
7. War Horse (Janusz Kaminski): Gorgeous and breathtaking at first sight, but ultimately forgettable.
6. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Hoyte Van Hoytema): Once again, this film perfectly illustrates dread through its camera lens.
5. Meek's Cutoff (Chris Blauvelt): This movie isn't, "Oh, look at how gorgeous the landscape is!", this movie is "NATURE WILL KICK YOUR ASS".
4. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 1:35pm —
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
7. Captain America: I thought this was a very clean, smooth looking movie. Chris Evans transition from puny Steve Rogers to huge Captain America is stunning. And many of the battle scenes especially look great. But, this comes in as the weakest of the 7 nominees.
6. Thor: Look, this film was a pile of shit, okay? But Asgard truly is a beautiful sight, on par with Pandora in 'Avatar'.
5. Transformers 3 Dark Of The Moon: Most of this film is… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 12:31am —
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
6. Contagion: The biggest accomplishment here by the whole cast is that we forget they are huge stars. Otherwise, they don't have much chemistry, but still an admirable effort.
5. X Men First Class: The majority of actors in here work so well together and make this film compelling to watch 95% of the time. My issues are January Jones, Kevin Bacon, and the stoned looking black guy.
4. The Help: Truly great chemistry, but the fact one of our… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 12:21am —
5. I Saw The Devil: I came across this film under a recommendation. Little did I know it would soon become one of my favorite movies ever made. It really caught me off guard and floored my sleepy-ass.
4. Meek's Cutoff: I think nobody was ready for this film, love it or hate it. It took me some time to warm up to it, but I remember just how visceral my first viewing was.
3. Rango: An animated film, from Gore Verbinski, brought to you by… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 11, 2012 at 12:15am —
BEST SET PIECE
5. The train crash in Super 8: Just freaking insane and awesome to look at. My complaint is how the kids are still shouting cheesy one-liners and "Shit!" while running away from it. The destruction of the train in this film would make Monsieur Keaton proud.
4. The birth and end of time from The Tree Of Life: Chilling and spine rattling. Nearly impossible to take your eyes off of.
3. Opening sequence in Melancholia: As masterful of an opening it… Continue
Added by Andrew on January 10, 2012 at 11:41pm —