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I remember a time when Mel Gibson was probably the biggest movie star in Hollywood. The man was loved by all and had a mullet that was a lethal weapon in of itself. Now he is merely a joke or considered a has been which is sad and fair at the same time. You can’t think of Mel Gibson without knowing he is a bible thumping crazy man who hates Jews and drinks too much.
However if you just look at his work, the man is and has always been impressive. Especially in the directing field.
We all remember Braveheart and Passion of The Christ, maybe even Apocolyptico. But what about A Man Without a Face?
This was his first attempt at being a director and he did what most actors when they want to be director do, do a genre that is a easy sell and easy to connect to, a coming of age story.
I remember as a kid this movie being advertised and was always curious about it but never got to watch it till later on as a adult. What I found was fairly surprising. I haven’t watched it in a long time but I am sure I can give a review on memory alone.
The movie is about the relationship between two guys; Justin and Chuck. Chuck is your regular rebellious kid who wants to go to military school because that is what his late father did and he wants to follow in his footsteps and leave the small town behind.
Justin is man who has had a tough deal in life. Once a teacher he got in a car accident which severely disfigured his face, on top of that is that he had a student in the car with him. Accused of being a pedofile and responsible for the death of that boy he was exiled from that town and now lives in the down Chuck does and lives a very secluded life up on his mountain to himself.
Chuck sneaks into Justin’s property out of curiousity and is caught by Justin. In order to make up for the breaking and entering Chuck must work off doing chores for Justin if I remember correctly, Chuck also needs a tutor to pass the military exam and asks Justin to be his tutor. From here Justin becomes his teacher/father figure/friend as the movie progresses.
However when the town folk start to realize this thing happening, questions get asked and people get enraged in the way you can expect. Wont’ spoil the rest of it but I am sure you can put together the pieces.
There really isn’t very much special with this movie, this is your garden variety coming of age story that does all the things a normal one does, however you can tell Mel is learning the craft through this. You have to start with the basics before you can go bigger and for a first time this movie isn’t really all that bad. It’s only weakness is that it is just generic.
Acting shows no real weakness, Mel Gibson obviously carries the acting load and does it well, he is the bright spot of the movie. Everyone seems right for their roles.
The one thing I like about this movie is that it tackles subject matter that is often very touchy with feel good coming of age movies and that as I write it the subject of pedofiles and that sort of thing. In a way I think it was brave for Mel to tackle that sort of character.
However with that said it seems like only the two main characters have anything to do in this movie and everyone just seems to meagerly orbit around them with almost no point.
Also I dont remember if it was answered but how could an unemployed teacher who was in jail for 3 years afford such a nice cabin on lake side property? Just curious
Bottom line is that this is a generic coming of age story, nothing special and that is sort of it’s weakness however if you are a fan of Mel Gibson this is one to check out because he does do good work on this film.
This is one of those movies that I really don’t get the appeal of. This is a common occurrence with me and pop culture as a whole.
I never got macarana, Jersey Shore, EMINEM,Pogg, Pokemon, Twilight, etc etc
For the longest time I’ve heard that this is one of the greatest musicals ever made, this movie is on the same level as Rocky Horror Picture Show that it has such a rep behind it but then only musicals tend to have that kind of rep to it.
When they were going to view this movie at the cafe I go to pretty often I decided to finally give it a watch, it’s been on my never ending list of movies to watch for a long time.
I have to be in a particular mood for musicals and maybe I wasn’t for this, I felt I was but again I just couldn’t get into.
West Side Story is just a urban musical version of Romeo & Juliet. You have the Jets (I kept thinking of the Winnipeg Jets and why haven’t they used this music at a hockey game) and the Sharks (how does this correlate with how they dress or what they do?). Two gangs filled with teeangers played my middle aged men who have a ongoing turf war going on that only seems to want to escalate.
We have two teenagers Maria and Tony, Tony is a co-founder of the Jets but is trying to live his life on the straight and narrow. Maria is a newcomer to the neighborhood. Both go to a dance hosted by Gomez Addams and they wind up meeting each other and instantly falling in love. Both factions don’t like this and this basically ignites both gangs into a battle royale.
What can I say about this movie…….
I found it to be extremely hokey and cheesy, mind you I love old movies and can often tone down and still enjoy what it was for the time (I still watch the original Star Trek).
The music wasn’t that good in my opinion, hardly singable or catchy, the dance moves just seemed so awkward throughout.
I had a hard time paying attention to this movie, so much that I rathered looking over the 3 players who were playing on my fantasy hockey team than watch the movie.
I was impressed with Natalie Wood’s accent though she really pulled that off well. She was the only really good thing in the movie from a acting point of view.
Also the color palette, I like it when movies really let loose with colors and this movie definitely did.
Also the visuals, while they did not make sense AT ALL or have any sort of logic towards the film I still applaud the use of it. I personally get a kick out of it.
Bottom line is I didn’t like this musical, I didn’t like the music, much of the action or choreography, the story is too much of a blatant Romeo & Juliet rip off that I couldn’t care how it ended because I already knew. However this movie does have a solid following of people who love it so maybe my words shouldn’t mean much. Personally I didn’t like this movie at all and I give it CC on the Corey Scale.
Then years ago this would not be a band I would listen to, in fact I would’ve down right rejected it without a second glimpse, it’s funny how our music tastes change and develop over the years. I still sort of like the same bands I liked back then, I just like more things, I like where my taste in music is right now and I look forward to where music is going these days with new metal bands going back into the old school style, and the burgeoning folk bands that are coming out of everything. The digital age allows everyone to have a voice and the choices one has is limitless. I like that word limitless.
Funny story comes with how I got this EP, lets start with how I became a fan of this band, really through happenstance. November 2011 I think I was looking for music themed to the month of November and I stumbled upon the song November by Wilderness of Manitoba, from then on out I got their music and became a big fan. Bought all I could find from them. However they never seemed to come to Vancouver. When I seemed to have everything I came across on song on their youtube called the Ark, of course I loved it and wondered if this is from a new upcoming album only to find that’s from a EP they only released in America which doesn’t make much sense being that they are a Canadian band, that EP being the Leslieville Sessions.
I think Leslieville is the name of where they recorded their first and second album, may be wrong. Either way I decided to go on their facebook last year and ask if there was a way to purchase this album and ask if they are coming to Vancouver anytime soon. They replied not to long after that they would be coming in to Vancouver in January (the one that just past) and they will bring me of a copy of it. As if I didn’t need any more motivation to see the band.
Winded up meeting the band but they forgot to bring me the EP so I gave them my address and they mailed it to me free of charge which again was cool. I would’ve paid for it if I had to even after listening to it. Guess that shows how much of a fan I am of the band and how much I enjoyed this EP.
The entire show was great, however I had to leave early, not because of them but because the last skytrain was going to leave in 10 minutes. I would’ve stayed if there was time and hung out with them as I did prior to their set. First time I ever really talked with musicians and such. Especially ones I was big fans of. Will and Wes are pretty cool guys.
Wilderness of Manitoba is a folk band, their sound is very atmospheric I think, the kind of music you sit down and relax to, I listen to this music an awful lot at work just to keep my relaxed and focused. There is nothing exceptionally special about the band, it’s just chill music.
The Ark – This was the initial reason why I wanted this EP, it was everything already knew it would be which was great but I was pleasantly surprised that a great portion of the EP was great to and this was just the beginning.
Yellow Yard – Didn’t mind the song but it reminded me too much of Stairway To Heaven for some reason and didn’t find it all that interesting.
A Year in It’s Passing – Nice up beat song, standard Wilderness of Manitoba kind of song
The Escape – This one was a surprise, I heard it on their last album but didn’t care about it, when I heard it live not too long ago I fell in love with it, this version I enjoyed even more. The new addition Amanda brings a new vocal dimension to this band that I never knew it needed but after hearing her with these songs it’s like, wow this adds an extra punch to this band and it works
Head and Heart – This song has Amanda on vocals and it shows her strengths very well from what I can tell, very catchy song and very lovely.
The Ark (Delaware House) – More raw version of the same song, not as good as the polished version but does show you the steps they have made on the production side (good and bad)
I listened to this EP front to back and back to front at work. That in of itself speaks what I think of this EP, I found it to be a very pleasing experience, kind of left me wanting more but I heard they are working on a new album. If this EP is a preview of what to expect from this band I am eagerly looking forward to it as they are becoming one of my favorite bands.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of Wilderness of Manitoba and you live in Canada I highly suggest finding a way to get ahold of this EP, I think you can purchase it online. I don’t think they will give this album away for free to the Canadian fans but I assure you that it will be money well spent in support of this band. I give the EP CCCC1/2.
We all remember how it is to be a kid, most of us long to see things as kid again even at our age.
There are plenty of movies out there that offer a kids perspective but I never care too much for them, don’t really know why but they don’t usually offer much to spark my interest. For some reason this movie did for a reason again I am not sure of. Maybe because I liked the cast. Julianne Moore seems to only be in good movies, Steve Coogan too lately. After watching The East I have been more curious of Alex Skarsgard.
So I figured, why not check it out. This morning I was open to watch anything as long as it was good, and this movie was.
What Maisie Knew is about a little girl named Maisie, just your average little girl, a little quiet and a bit shy but still, nothing wrong with her. In fact I would say she is a charming and sweet little girl, the kind of little girl you would dream to have. Her parents on the other hand are career driven, selfish and to be blunt are not very good parent is they are even actually parents to her to begin with.
Susanne and Beale are her parents, Susanne is a rock musician which is a profession that basically forces a person to be very self conscious and selfish to just survive. She has no time to be with her child much less anyone else. Beale is a business man, we never figure out what but doesn’t really matter because just like Susanne his profession forces him to be away from everyone but unlike being a rock star, Beale acts more like one than his wife and is selfish and a bit of a prick.
So who takes care of Maisie? Margo is his nanny and for the most part is more of her mother and parent than her actual parents are.
When Susanne and Beale divorce it creates a rift or even a battle of sorts for Maisie, one that Margo gets caught in towards and like Maisie becomes a victim of when Beale strangely marries Margo. Margo becomes subjected to alienation that Beale does to just about everyone and almost destroys her relationship with Maisie.
In almost a impulsive retaliation against Beale, Susanne marries Lincoln putting him in a very awkward position of being the step father. When ends up happening is that he becomes more of a father than her actual father. Susanne starts to be jealous of both Margo and even Lincoln’s relationship with Maisie that she tries to create a rift between them as well.
In a way it is hard to say whether it is a movie about Maisie or about the ones around her. That is a good confusion to have, the movie gives everyone enough time and character development. Either way inking about it is Maisie’s movie because everything everyone does is either for her, about her and/or directly affects her.
Can not find one bad thing about this movie, so I will skip that and get to what I liked about this movie.
First is the elephant in the room is the acting, not one bad performance in this movie, everyone brings it but it is Onata who steals her own show even amongst character acting icon Julianne she holds her own and steals every scene she is in.
I like how this movie doesn’t really vilify anyone, if anyone it’s the parents who are the villains but even so you never doubt that they love their child because they do but they have life to deal with and sadly the choices they make are not very good.
Everything about this film fits and just seems right and real and that is just what movies should, well crafted and flows so well that you are not aware being whisked away till the end.
The thing I like about the movie is that it is sort of from Maisie’s perspective and sort of not. It’s almost like you are her imaginary friend with her throughout the entire movie, it allows to have a objective view of not only the ones around Maisie and of Maisie herself which is a original and brave perspective and a well chosen one.
Bottom line is there is a awesome character drama, well acted and well done from top to bottom. You may come for Julianne, Alex and Steve Coogan but by the end you will leave becoming a fan of Onata Aprile. I can’t find one weakness in the movie and I enjoyed watching the movie so much, know I will watch it again soon that I see no reason not to give it CCCCC on the Corey Scale.
There is a reason why purposely steer clear from most if not all ‘Hollywood’ movies as I have probably said many a times. Mostly because most Hollywood movies are not interested in telling a story. Maybe not that part but you get what I mean.
Movies are meant to entertain but to me they are supposed to tell a story in some fashion and I feel like most Hollywood movies all tell the same story the same kind of way over and over till someone radical enough changes the formula and Hollywood changes and does that over and over again.
If you want to see movies done differently, you want independent movies though even that term is used and abused by even Hollywood. I have been rather slow in my movie watching for the past year and wanted to get caught up so I created a list of movies indie movies I missed out on to watch and this one came up so I watched it last night. From the premise and the trailer it looked like the kind of movie I can get behind watching.
I am glad my instinct for movies is getting back up to speed as well.
The movie is centered around a half way home for troubled kid under 18. Kids that have come from all sorts of different background all dealing with their own set of issues, no one really wants to be there but none of them have anywhere to go, all of them need help and support from someone. Enter the staff of Short Term 12. Grace, Mason are in charge of the day shift looking over these kids.
Grace is the leader of the group and runs the home her way. Nate the new employee is for the most part our gateway into the group but once you know everyone this movie is basically Grace’s story.
At first we see Grace as this very strong and stable young woman in a loving and healthy relationship with coworker Mason. Both Grace and Mason are the anchor of support for all of these young kids, the ears and shoulders for them to speak and lie on. Grace basically has all of these kid’s back and supports them with all her might, but she refuses to let anyone including her boyfriend Mason be support for her, she keeps it all inside.
We find out that Grace is pregnant and wishes to have an abortion but we don’t know why (we learn but I wont spoil it)
Enter Jayden, a young girl whom seems like a tough nut to crack and has been around the block of half way homes and a troubled home life and back again. Grace takes it upon herself help Jayden and through Jayden we learn as the movie progresses what has made Grace what she is today and the history behind her and what drives her motives.
I will stop there because I will spoil the movie if I go any further.
This is another one of those films where I would be hard pressed to find very many weaknesses. It is exquisitely written and just flows with the movie that was directed by the writer.The direction is spot on and perfect, the movie makes it so easy for you to connect with these character and be in their world. The Lighting, acting, pacing, the entire movie just flows seamlessly through every scene and you rarely get bored with it.
The problems I do have with the movie is sort of sketchy as one is more of a compliment to the writing and the other is just nitpicking on my part.
I had a hard time with the Nate character, his character had good development in the beginning and you’re with him as an outsider but as the film progresses the film just seems to forget about him and only put him in a weird moments, he never feels part of the group or even the movie to a degree even in his last actions which I wont tell because it is one of the better scenes in the movie I still feel like more could have been done to improve his character. That is the nitpicking one.
The other is I wish there was more of all the other characters in the movie, this movie does such a good job showing you this world and having you get to know all of these people that by the time the movie is over you wish you got to see more of Marcus, Luis, Sammy and all the other secondary characters that didn’t get as much screen time. This movie makes you fall in love with these kids and see what Grace and Marcus see in them, the results of a troubled past but the hope and potential the kids have to rise above it.
I really enjoyed watching this movie, I didn’t give it a full mark only because I don’t think this movie has much replay value and that is usually what gets the full marks for me. I see myself watching this movie again with commentary if possible or to study it. Only the movies I know will come personal favorites get the 5 C grade.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a emotionally driven character drama then I highly suggest picking this one up and watching one night. The only stars and special effects in this movie but this is an ensemble cast in its own right in a well written, directed and made film from top to bottom. I give this film CCCC1/3 on the Corey Scale.
In a world where I have had a hard time finding any good movies to watch I found this one.
Not so much a hard time as my expectations for movies have gotten so bloody high that even I think it’s unfair but the thing is I don’t have the time or money to invest in watching movies I don’t think are good or movies that don’t grab me. I can usually tell if a movie will be any good within the first 15 minutes.
By the 15 min point of this point the film already had me hook line and sinker over a lot of things but first what is this movie about.
It’s about a woman named Carol and the world around her which is basically the voice over world, a world that hasn’t been discussed much in terms of movies yet it’s such a integral part of films, especially the trailer industry.
Despite her skill in voice over she just can get any jobs int he trailer department or advertisement basically because she is a female and as you have heard in commercials and trailers most of the narration is…..male.
Her father Sam is the reigning king of trailer narration after the previous king passed away.
When a big Hollywood quadrilogy comes around they want someone to do the narration. We soon have Sam, Carol as well as other pitting against each other to win the gig.
However there is more to the film that just that and that is where the film succeeds. While the point of the film is for her to find her place in the voice over world and succeed the meat and potatoes of the film is her relationships with the people around her and their relationships with each other. At it’s core the film is about relationships as most movies are.
The first thing that stands out about this movie is the subject matter; voice over acting or dubbing. Not a subject that has been touched upon by any medium to any film extent, especially in a fictional movie sort of deal so that is one big draw for this film to me, originality.
Second is the acting and casting; Lake Bell who wrote and directed this film shines on every level, I am surprised I never really heard of her till now and this is a great introduction. She owns her character and crafts a well written and directed film. I think I may have a new Hollywood crush.
The support cast is also very good in this one, Nick Offerman has been in a string of good indie movies lately. This one, Kings of Summer and Smashed. He has good taste in material that is for sure, it’s also nice to see him 1) without facial hair and 2) not playing his typical type cast.
You can usually tell I like a film when I don’t have much to say about it and that is the case with this film.
Original story check
Good cast check
Film does as intended (make me laugh/scared/worried/feel something) check
Film engages check
Film is pulled off technically check
Bottom line the film works and is basically a good film from top to bottom. Mind you it is a indie film and follows much of the indie film cliches but if you know anything about this area of movies you should have already known that going in at the get go. If you are a fan of Lake Bell and you are looking for a interesting and original movie then you should check this one out one night. I give it CCCC1/3 on the Corey Scale.
I am surprised the coming of age movie isn’t it’s own genre by now, it may as well be.
It’s rather simple of a formula to make a coming of age movie because you only really need to do two things.
1) Pick the time/audience - audience will depend on the time
2) Identifiable material - stuff that everyone who was once a kid or still one can identify with.
The second is the most important and often makes or breaks the movie regardless of what else the movie does.
Kings of Summer is a great example that regardless of some short comings and plot holes if you can make your characters identifiable and connect your audience to them then you can get away with a lot of shit.
The movie is mainly about two best friends; Joe and Patrick.
Joe is the brains of the operation and for the most part the star of the movie as most of this movie is from his perspective. He lost his mother who seemed to be the go to person in his life but when she is gone he resent his father with many issues that are never really explained but I think we can get the gist of it. His father Frank played by Nick Offerman is a regular guy now trying to be both father and mother and failing at both, despite all his attempts he can’t connect to his son and the more he tries the more his son resents him for it. We’ve seen this before, typical father son stuff. Frank when he is not trying to connect basically leaves his son be.
He has the hots for this girl named Kelly who is a real heartbreaker of a woman (Is there any other kind of woman in these kinds of movies?). She is friends with him but she is taken by a douche bag (of course)
Patrick is a regular kid but his parents on the other hand, are not so much. Where Frank would be more of a nature parent to Joe, Patrick’s parents are the nurture. Patrick’s constantly try and be in Patrick’s life and try to be hip in his eyes in anyway possible that just ends up coming off as awkward and weird. Patrick is embarrassed of his parents weirdness and wants to escape.
Joe and Patrick devise a plan for the summer, build their own house out in the woods and once it is done run away from their parents and live out in the woods.
Its from this point on that you really must throw away your logic, throw away realism to a degree and just go with it. If you do you will get much enjoyment out of this movie, if you can’t behind it then you will lose connection. This is where this film’s ability to connect you to the characters is done well because while the logic in me did question how they were going to do this and get away with it but I was drawn enough into the characters that I didn’t care.
They build their house and run away, while their parents search for them Joe, Patrick and their new found friend Biaggo form a deep bond of brotherhood as they grow into men on their own terms.
They have all the fun that can be had but men always need women to sort of feel more complete as a man (yes). When Joe finds out that Kelly is single he devises a plan to bring her over to his new home.
It’s here where things get interesting, and I will stop there.
Firstly I enjoyed this movie despite a few downfalls it has, I think I should bring them out first.
First of all I have a REALLY HARD time imagining that the parents and the police not being able to track and find Joe and Patrick, but apparently they did.
Secondly the food department and drink, if Joe did really steal that much money….I dunno it just doesn’t make sense that they could constantly afford pop and chicken for 4 weeks over a couple hundred dollars. Not to mention I am sure the chicken restaurant would’ve noticed this kid was a missing person at some point if the police did their due diligence.
The fact that these kids could survive int he wilderness for 4 weeks just defies much logic but then it could just be me.
The second thing that bothers me and it bothers me more than the other thing, those illogical parts I can get past because this is a coming age movie, you go with the kids regardless.
The weakness of this movie is when the film tries to be over dramatic and tries to force the audience into comedic moments, Most of these moments that are forced to me just fall flat, most of these are centered around the police to which I am assume are for pointing out how incompetent they are but I couldn’t find them funny.
Also Patrick’s parents comedy points just fell flat to me and felt forced and didn’t make much sense.
Most of the over dramatic parts of this movie fell flat.
However these things I can get past because of the following.
I found myself deeply connected to the Joe character as one should be in a coming of age movie. We’ve all had differences with our parents, I have though not to his scale. As a kid I would run away but never to their extent. I guess I found myself more connected to his affection to Kelly and the actions that occur after he brings her over which I wont spoil. When it happens regardless of what the film did it had me hook line and sinker and when you got a guy like me who finds any reason he can to deconstruct your film, if you can get me engaged in a way where I stop caring how you are you using your music, what shots you are using or how the actors are acting, you will most likely get a good review from me.
The second half of this movie makes up for the illogic I couldn’t get behind in the first half.
The second part is the comedy that did come from Nick Offerman, some of the Boiggo guy too but Nick was the only one I found took his forced comedic parts and made them funny because well he schtick is dead pan humor and he is probably the best there is at it these days since the passing of Leslie Neilson.
The film does a good job with not being too high on itself or taking itself seriously, from the first shot you can tell what this film is going to be about, in fact that scene couple sum up the entire movie.
Three boys and pipe; two are banging the pipe rhythmically while one is dancing weirdly to the music. At first it doesn’t make sense and it’s weird and funny but when we revisit that same scene by the second half, you get it.
Bottom line is this is probably the best coming of age movie I’ve seen since Perks of Being a Wallflower which is still fairly recent but you have put it in context that there are so many coming of age movies that come out. This movie is not as good as Perks though in fact not even close but that doesn’t mean you wont have a good time watching this movie. If you can get past the gaping plot holes of the movie and you can be engaged with the main characters you will find watching this movie a plesent experience. I give it CCC1/2 on the Corey Scale.
I’ve had a hard time watching movies as of late which explains why I haven’t been reviewing many.
It’s hard to find good movies these days, by that I mean movies that meet my extremely high standards my fault honestly, plus I don’t have much time and much money to invest in movies so when I waste 25 bucks on a movie I can’t stand I do get steamed. Plus with good movies often becoming more and more expensive it is annoying.
While I was in Edmonton visiting friends I browsed HMV in West Ed which is the biggest HMV that i know of in Western Canada looking for movies that may fancy me. Slim picking this time around but I winded up with two movies. One of which is this one The Good Heart.
The Good Heart from the cover and synopsis seemed to cover all the things that tend to be green lights for a movie I want to watch.
Good story, usually about a lonely people coping (I am well aware for the movies I tend to gravitate towards since I am one) or something original
This movie seemed to have both of those working for them so I decided to take a chance on it.
The Good Heart is about 2 men, I could say more but it would extremely spoil the movie. Lets just say both are men on two different roads in their life.
Jacques is a short tempered old man who owns a small run down bar in New York that seems to be kept alive due to it’s own eccentricities and the loyalty of some of it’s customers all of whom with their own problems. The bar is a place where all of them can just, cope.
Lucas is a young homeless man who is just barely scrapping by in life, lonely and trying to find a reason to life whether it be a stray cat or just being nice to others, he is the good heart in this movie.
In one night Jacques has a heart attack and Lucas attempts suicide, both end up being room mates at a hospital and strike up a friendship. Jacques realizes he is getting old and he doesn’t have much time left in life, he notices Lucas needs guidance and a better shake than he has gotten up until that point.
Jacques teaches Lucas how to run his bar and inturn teaches him life lsessons, now before you think Jacques is leader/teacher you have seen before then guess again this is one of those movies where whatever if not most of what the teacher tries to trickle down to his student is stuff the student shouldn’t be doing.
if anything what Jacques does if anything when it comes to how he is with people or treat people is a lesson for Lucas on what not to do. it’s a buddy drama of sorts, two lost people form a bond that makes them both better. Jacques learns to be more kind towards others, Lucas finds direction, love and a reason to live.
Of course there is trials and tribulations that come around when Lucas falls for this other lost soul named April which threatens to split this bromantic relationship but I wont spoil it for you.
This was the kind of movie I needed to watch at the time (yesterday), it’s not a GREAT movie but it does just about everything a good movie should do. It’s not going to blow you away but it’s one movie that i couldn’t find anything really wrong, The Good Heart is just a good movie.
Acting is top notice as Brian Cox and Paul Dano are both extremely good characters actors to where this movie seems to be a bridge of generations between them. I would almost say that Paul Dano is the Brian Cox of now, the guy who can go into any role and fool you into thinking he is someone else or if he can’t fool you he wills till blow you away with a performance.
The direction of this film works, pacing, music everything in this film flows and doesn’t draw attention to itself, it does what a good movie should do, capture your attention and bring you into that world for 90 movies and let the film take control of your emotions.
I will say I didn’t like the ending but in the grand scheme of things the ending made sense and it brought everything full circle so I can’t trash it too much.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of either Dano or Cox, fan of indie movies in general with a interesting story that is well acted and directed from top to bottom I would suggest checking this movie out some time, it’s nothing special but it uses that in its favor, it’s just a good movie. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.
For the first time ever since I’ve been a Iced Earth fan, I didn’t have much expectations or was excited at all for a new iced Earth album to come out, I think that speaks volumes of what I think of Iced Earth these days.
For a good 10 years they were my second favorite band, second only to AC/DC whom will never relinquish that crown. However when AC/DC did retire Iced Earth was primed to be my favorite band, however I do thing that has changed.
Iced Earth goes through singers more than any other band, it’s almost laughable, Spinal Tap laughable. However I always expected one thing from iced Earth was that when Jon Schaffer (because lets face it, it is his band) puts out a record it is usually if not always good.
Dystopia to tell you the truth was the first disappointment I have encountered as a IE fan. I mean it wasn’t a terrible album but compared to anything I have heard over the past 10 years it didn’t match up. Maybe it is because of the newest singer Stu Block, don’t get me wrong i have nothing against the new guy, he is Canadian I mean come on. I just can’t really get into much of his vocals and plus Dystopia seemed to signal a new direction for the band a darker and more cookie monster area though the second didn’t end up being that way thank god but definitely a different tone.
I also seen the band live and again Stu Block was ok but to me Matt Barlow will always be the voice of Iced Earth and after seeing Barlow as the singer of IE, no one else even comes relatively close.
However I was still going to check out this new album because again Schaffer usually always puts out good material, Dystopia had some good points so i was expecting similar or better.
For the first time ever I decided to write down notes while I was listening to the record, I also was drinking gingerbread beer while listening to it. Which helped improve the music maybe because the first half was while under the influence and the second half I was sober.
Plagues of Babylon - title track and like any Iced Earth record it often opens very well. One of the best song from Stu Block. That is a good sign.
Democide - Good song, vintage Iced Earth
The Culling - Like the chanting in this song, pretty good
Among The Living Dead - The best song on the track, best song of the Block era and Hansi making a background voice appearance brings song to another level.
Resistance - Not as good of a song, very forgetable
The End? - I liked this one, not really anything special though
If I Could See You - This is where the album starts going down hill, mostly because of the over use of ballads and forcibly trying to make singalong music for I am assuming will be in their live show. This is a poor ballad
Cthulu - Last good song on the album honestly. At first the song is ok but it does grow on you.
Peacemaker - I was expecting this one to be good but found it to be boring and lame song that poorly disguises the pro gun attitude of the author of the song. Dumb ballad
Parasite - Overly repetitive and couldn’t care less.
Spirit of The Times - Ok song but yet another ballad that is awkwardly formulaic.
Highwayman - Wasn’t sure if this was an actual cover to the song or not till I got to hear it and man, worst song I’ve ever heard Iced Earth do, please stay away from country Schaffer, I know you like to bridg eout and I respect that but please, stop.
Outro - Funny but ok, whatever
I think the outro speaks about how I see this album, that it feels like it was rushed, done on a whim and they were fooling around. I mean sure have fun but when i listen to a Iced Earth album I expect full effort front to back if you get my drift.
The first half of this album is great, a vast improvement from Dystopia what I was hoping this would be ended up being so. Like when Tim Owens did The Glorious Burden, though I love that album and Owens rocked it it did feel more tailored to Barlow than Owens. When the follow up came out the album felt more tailored to Owens and was even better. That was the case with the first half of the album.
The second half of this record felt like a garbage bin to me, maybe it was because I was sober but I still listened to songs from the first half again and still got the same effect. The album just sucks in the last half, too many boring repetitive ballads, everything runs too much by too much of a formula, maybe these songs will be better live but I am sorry for someone listening to this either on his computer at the gym the second half is as weak as skim milk.
Bottom line is that this album is a mixed bag of good Iced Earth that you know and expect and boring shit. This album sort of cements Iced Earth as just another band I follow now than then and is no longer one of my real favorites. The first half gives me hope that they can bounce back because I still think Schaffer is a wonderful composer but still as a fan I have expectations I expect met on a Iced Earth record after years of listening to their albums. To me a band is only as good as their last album and I would hate for this to be the one they are remembered for, I give it CCC1/2 on the Corey Scale because the first half of the album was great.
Character is a hard thing to judge or measure. Some say suffering builds characters, I know one saying that I agree with is adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Those two sayings stuck with me as I watched this movie.
This was the second Canadian movie I watched flying to Newfoundland. I wasn’t sure about this movie coming in, the subject within itself is very touchy, it could so easily blow up in your face if you try to make someone who threatens (no matter if he meant it or not) to commit mass murder on others likeable. Without a doubt though this is one of those movies that confirms the power of cinema and that these kind of stories must be told for us to grow as people because it can be so easy to see things from one perspective and not the other.
This movie is about one person’s perspective versus everyone else’s and unlike my last review ‘The Art of The Steal’. This movie is VERY Canadian and makes no bones about it.
The movie is about a kid named Sean, when you see him he looks like the typical goth kid, the typical stereotype of listening to metal music, leather, affinity with dead and gore, lizard for a pet, black nail polish, dark room, brooding etc etc and make no mistake he fits into that category the way the director wants you to paint him into it.
Anyways Sean is just a regular teenager despite that the only thing is that he is bullied at school, bullied by hockey playing teenagers (for the Americans out there imagine the prototypical football or basketball jock bully, in Canada those same bully jocks are hockey players). They constantly dehumanize him and bully him to where you have a hard time not sympathizing with him as he wants to exact revenge on them.
But how could he, he is no athlete, he can’t even kill a deer like his father who seems to be a avid hunter and gun collector, real NRA material. He really doesn’t have many friends, he has no one and a awful lot of inner turmoil to deal with. So he deals with it the best way he can, in his writing.
However sometimes what one vents can go too far, he creates a story about a kid who commits mass murder on a entire student body. When a couple of student get a hold of this and let the teachers know then it takes a life of its own and especially in this generation where school shootings occur more and more often the police get involved and immediately attempt to nip it in the bud before it could even get there.
What we have then is a kid who was already mistreated, bullied and misinterpreted by his peers to be all those things amongst the entire town.
He is then forced to live and suffer for actions he never did.
Saying anymore would severely spoil what makes this movie great.
What makes this movie so great is that really puts a mirror back on the viewer, the director allows you to judge each person and their actions, stereotype them accordingly and just when you think you know that person, something is reveal that makes you feel like shit for judging them that way.
I could relate heavily with Sean, I didn’t do the things he did however like him I had next to no friends, I wasn’t bullied by jocks persay because well lets say unlike jocks in America Canadian jocks are hockey players, they are good at skating and running and fighting but you put them on a wrestling mat or anything without skates and involves upper body strength and they are useless. Basically I would beat the crap out anyone who would try to bully me as a kid on the wrestling mat come gym time (only reason i took gym, my form of therapy as a teenager). it was mostly girls who bullied me as a kid throughout school life.
But anyways I related to him because I wrote in personal blogs (before they were called blogs) as a kid to get my anger out and like Sean I was caught with it as a kid. Nothing even close to the level of Sean though, I just spoke my mind about people who would pick on me. Some in hindsight cruel words, some very accurate but words none the less.
Enough about me though, in this movie you literally follow Sean as runs the gauntlet time and and time again, if it isn’t the jock hockey players, it’s the parents of those kids who paint him into a untrue and unfair stereo type and if it isn’t either of those it’s man-boys in juvenile prison that he is sent to.
You so badly want to hate the kids in juve at first because they purposely impose their will on Sean because unlike everyone else there he doesn’t belong (much like he doesn’t belong anywhere according to anyone else) but like Sean the story and the director pulls the veil on you and shows everyone here is human and everyone while capable of terrible cruelty there is often reasons behind it.
You learn there are reasons behind Sean being who he is just like the hockey players to the prison kids right to Sean’s ‘love interest’ Deanna.
Deanna is probably the most interesting of the characters second to Sean. Just when you think you have a handle on her and hate her she does something that changes your mind.
That is the true strength of this movie is that everyone here is human and the movie literally shames you for painting them in a light that even other characters within the movie does.
The only problem I have about the movie is that it feels too long. The movie is not only a gauntlet for Sean but a gauntlet for the audience member. If you become invested in Sean the way I did you literally get to the end of the movie begging the movie to let up on Sean, to give him a break, you literally beg for him to have a happy ending or at least some glimmer of hope because rest assure Sean is put their the emotional ringer and there is no light anymore while in this tunnel.
However I wont tell you if there is light at the end of this one, you just have to watch it for yourself, I demand you do.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of indie film and are looking for a thought provoking movie that will take you on a emotional ride then this movie is the ticket it. even though it is set in Canada and it is very Canadian I think this film is still very accessible. Be warned that this movie is very depressing and it will put you through the ringer but what you get will be a well told story, a story that I think needs to be told. I give it CCCC1/4 on the Corey Scale.
I haven’t been keeping up on watching much Canadian movies lately but lately I don’t think there has been many Canadian movies worth watching.
Luckily I can always catch up around Christmas time heading to Newfoundland, the great thing about flying Air Canada is the huge amount of movies they have for you watch and they have something called the Canadian section.
I’ve been semi interested in this movie for awhile and when one had 8 hours to kill one must find movies to watch and this was one of them.
It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure out what this movie is real quick, from the title alone you should get it. It’s a heist movie.
It’s about a guy named Crunch, experienced wheel man whom took the fall for his brother Nicky during a heist that went wrong. Left broke and without anything he gets out of jail and becomes a second rate stunt biker whom actually makes more money wiping out than actually doing a stunt.
Crunch winds up paying for another one of Nicky’s fuck ups but instead of getting revenge he decides to bring him in as well as their old team to do one last heist, the mother of all heists apparently which means stealing a priceless book. It’s already been stolen they just need to find a way to get it past the US board and into Canada where it’s home free. As a Canadian I don’t know whether to call that a insult or not.
I can’t say anything else, if I did I would spoil what this movie is truly about. Yes this movie is about a heist but there is a bit more to it than that, I would call it a revenge/heist movie. Even saying revenge means I am saying too much but by half way into the movie you will understand that the heist really was the lay up for what the movie really is about.
For a Canadian film I must say I am impressed at the cast that was assembled but given how well this script was written its not that much of a surprise. Actors will always flock to the best material first and foremost regardless of where it came from.
Kurt Russell does a excellent job as Crunch, his action days are long past him but he has a knack for comedy and timing that I am surprised is not used as often as it once was. It’s not hard to see that this role was tailor made for him.
The best acting came from Matt Dillon though whom has made the transition from a sexy teen heart throb to a sexy male heat throb to a well versed character seamlessly (though he is still damn handsome for his age). He plays the slimely double crossing brother perfectly, it doesn’t take you long to hate his guts. He is the kind of guy we all know in real life, the car salesman personality who smiles and shakes your hand with one hand and has a knife behind his back with the other.
They you got Jay and Terence (or the man I will always know as General Zod), I admire Jay’s dedication to Canadian cinema and I praise him for using whatever his drawing power can be for Canadian film and not American. He is for the most this generation’s Paul Gross but with much better Canadian movies under his belt. I have to say this is one of Jay’s much better movies when it comes to acting though to tell you the truth he doesn’t do much acting. I’ve found that he plays the same character over and over which is the nerd in way over his head kind of character. Though there are movies out there where he does play other kinds of characters, that seems to be his pigeonhole though.
General Zod/Terence is a traditional character actor whom usually always plays heavies and that is not surprising because even at his age his presence is still intimidating as hell as it was when he wore black leather telling people to knell before Zod. In this one is the anti antagonist, he is against our ‘good’ guys but you know that he doesn’t want to do it and he would be joining our ‘heroes’ in what they were doing the first chance he could.
I also got to speak about the other character actors in this film like Chris Diamantopoulous (may’ve misspelled) and Kenneth Welsh. They play sort of the accomplices of everyone else but they play their roles perfectly I found so well that they nearly steal the scenes they are in.
This is a ensamble cast if I ever seen one and no one really upstages each other, just a band of talented actors playing to their own strengths as a team with a good script.
With all that said the film does have some drawbacks but honestly they are more personal opinions than anything else. For one is that this film feels like a total rip off of all heist movies that came before. Maybe ripoff is a harsh way to say but it just feels like it looks like the same movie we’ve seen over and over again, the same heist movie. This is basically a Canadian Snatch. Like the director basically to make this movie as if Guy Ritchie did it and didn’t do it nearly as well that it feels like a cover song, a cover song that doesn’t attempt to bring anything new or interesting to the genre.
I think this movie is a good example of the material and the acting making this movie half way decent but the style and approach in of itself is borderline lame and almost sabotages this film from the start. Maybe there isn’t very many ways to make a heist movie but come on. That seems to be a problem with Canadian film that has been present for decades is that Canadian film, music and TV seems to think it must try to act like Americans to be able to make a profit or to do good work even though most of the success that Canada has made in both film, music and TV is basically being themselves. All you need to do is watch Hobo With a Shotgun, Men With Brooms, Due South, Littlest Hobo, Trailerpark Boys, Corner Gas, Heartland, Repbulic of Doyle (especially this show as it is Newfie and proud of it!) among so many others. Those films don’t try to rip of the USA it is basically a snapshot of Canada and who we are as Canadians.
Just a an opinion of course, a rant within a review of a movie but you get my opinion. I know the director wrote this script to and that shows he is a good writer but honestly this film should have been more Canadian and less like a Canadian cover of a Guy Ritchie film.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of Kurt Russell you should check out this film, probably his best work in a long while. Its a fun heist movie that may seem like every other heist movie you’ve ever seen but there is enough good acting, plot movement and surprises in this film to entertain you for 90 minutes. Not the best Canadian film I’ve ever seen but it’s worth checking out once and moving on. I give it CCC1/2 on the Corey Scale.
Tank Girl is a great example of a cult classic, but then it is a good example of a few other things.
Hollywood is still a man dominated business, strong female characters have a hard time getting a fair shake in the selling department as that if a movie is good, the following will grow.
Tank Girl for a year or two as a kid was my favorite movie. It was at a time where I read a lot of comics, started thinking about girls in a more sexual way and I was starting to get bored with the typical norms of the time.
This film came out and was different from most movies, especially comic book movies. This was around the time when Hollywood was starting to do comic book movies but still couldn’t figure it out. Or at least figure out the formula (they’ve figured it out now).
I’ve always felt there is at least 2 ways to adapt a comic book to a movie.
1) Bring the comic book to film ‘reality’, the best example of this is Nolan’s Batman. Personally I don’t think Nolan’s Batman is true to the comic, at least not of my generation but what it does is make a guy in a bat suit seem possible which in its own way makes it true to the material.
2) Make film reality the comic book which is what this film sort of does, most movies do this or a hybrid of it. Sin City is the greatest example of this.
As a kid I loved this movie because it was funny, different, comic booky and fun. It’s almost unfair watching it now as a adult because watching it now for some reason I can still watch it as a kid. We all have those movies that despite it all we watch it with nostalgia, this movie is one of those for me.
Tank Girl came around the time I hit puberty, so I guess maybe that explains why I fall for strong, no BS tomboy chicks.
Over Christmas I noticed that they released it on BluRay with commentary and special features, had to watch it and it was interesting hearing the director and Lori Petty’s commentary looking back on the movie and shit they had to deal with.
Movie is about a girl, Tank Girl. Her name is Rebecca but we know her as Tank Girl.
This is set in the future, your standard post apocalyptic scenario whever everything is go but more importantly no water, thinking about it imagine Mad Max scanrio but instead of petrol still being the main currency it is water, obviously. Main evil organization is Water & Power runned by Kesslee.
Rebecca is your standard issue rebel against this company both her and her band of rebels get attacked and she and a little girl named Sam are the only ones left alive. Soon after she escapes Water & Power’s clutches stealing a tank as well (thus Tank Girl) and decides to take revenge.
That is the gist of the movie, this movie was a vehicle for Lori Petty whom you would’ve expected to become a star after this movie since she was building a good resume right up to this time and lets face it, Lori Petty is Tank Girl. She looked the part but most importantly she owned that role in a way that not even now you could imagine anyone else playing her.
Look this movie doesn’t have much of a plot but then this movie doesn’t really try to, I have a problem with movies who try to be serious when they are not which seems to be the case with 98% of the action movies out there.,When you tell me what I am getting right off the I can usually comply and go with it, do be something you are not, be yourself. Cheesy yes but it’s something I subscribe to in all walks of life because its all I can do myself.
The movie is fun, funny, fully action, it does look slightly dated in both special effects as well as sets but you know what? This is one of those films where the low budget this film had worked in it’s favor. However there are still a few cringe worthy scenes that are way too hammy for it’s own good. Mostly around when they are modding the tank and jet plane. The movie is still one of a kind when it comes to being a comic book movie. Mainly because it is a strong female lead, as strong as you can get honestly. Hard to name very few others that match this lady.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a movie that is going to hit you on a intellectual level then you should not see this movie however if you are looking for a fun action movie that is not only funny, light hearted, well acted and different then I suggest giving this movie a shot. This is one of those movies that as a kid I loved and as a adult I can still love not only because of the nostalgia factor but because the film is still as fresh now as it was then, I give it CCCCC
It’s no secret that I am a sucker for male fairy tales, that is what I call rom coms for men. maybe it’s because of my current single situation or who knows but I tend to gravitate towards this movies like bees to honey. However there was a little bit more to this movie in particular that drawn me to it.
First was the subject matter, seems so obvious that something like this has to have been made before and quite honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if it was but what makes it seem new I think is because we are living in such a technologically……intimate time.
I say intimate not because of this movie specifically but because well….because even without this movie we are a generation that is becoming more and more attached to our technology than other people to begin with. Just go outside and you cans ee people looking at their phones, tablets, games, mp3 players and not where they are going or at you. I should know I am one of them more times than not. So it’s safe to say sooner or late this sort of storyline is bound to happen if it hasn’t already happened anyway.
Her is a love story between a man and a OS (operating system), at first thought it is a man in love with a machine but over the span of the movie we learn to see the machine/OS as less of a machine and more of her own person regardless of what she may look like. This is the Lars & The Real Girl effect but instead of Ryan Gosling playing off a sexual blow up doll it is Joaquin Phoenix in love with his computer OS.
And just like that movie this movie lives and dies on how good its star is and Joaquin Phoenix suspends your belief as any good actor can.
The movie is about Theodore, a lonely guy who is on the cusp of a divorce from a woman he still loves and longs for. Without her however he feels incomplete and roams around town, moping around town which just so happens to be the not too distant future (which doesn’t draw attention to itself, this could have been set in modern day). He decides to upgrade his computer with a new OS that appears to be a AI that learns and adapts to it’s user to suit his or her needs, I may be wrong about the specifics but basically a self aware AI as the one running your computer, your maid of sorts.
Theodore sets up the OS on his computer/phone and the OS becomes this thing named Samantha (OS with a female voice, basically a female). At first she becomes this good friend he has on his side who helps him out with his day to day stuff, strictly platonic and respectful. However the more they get to know each other and the more Samantha becomes self aware of herself as well as Theodore, their relationship becomes simply more.
From here on out Spike Jonze’s direction and Joaquin’s performance with a bit of help from Scarlet Johansson suspends the belief that this love story is wrong. You full believe that not only can this relationship happen and make sense but also is right, you firmly believe that someone other than someone else at least in a physical form.
What I got out of it is it could’ve been a broom and have the same effect, is it wrong? Depends on opinion but of the opinion of the movie it doesn’t matter. As the movie says love is an accepted form of insanity, so if that is the case why can’t something like this happen?
Its easy to praise Phoenix for this movie because if he couldn’t make you believe in this the movie would die quick but I have to say that the support cast is also spectacular in this movie. Scarlet I think is a unsung hero for this movie, I mean Phoenix is acting to nobody but like if there was someone there you need someone who can bounce off what he did and do it properly and Scarlet does it in spades to where you almost assume she was probably in the background the entire time.
Amy Adams is also very good in this movie, completely hidden in her character which is good because as much of a good actress she is I’ve found she has been taking too many ‘sexy’ roles. What i mean by that is more role of sexual object than role of being a person in a movie. In this movie she plays a person who is not an object. I may’ve dropped the ball in my praise of her performance but basically I am saying she was good in this movie.
One thing I like about this movie is that it is a futuristic movie but it never draws attention to itself which is something that most if not all movies set in the future do. Don’t get me wrong, when you watch this movie you know it is set in the future but the setting itself looks so real and ‘normal’ that it just makes sense without thinking about it and to tell you the truth that is a good thing,
If you seen flying cars, teleportation etc etc then I think you would be disconnected from this movie, the intention of this movie is to suspend belief that this can’t happen. I think we know now that flying cars and teleportation is not going to happen anytime soon and its something we can get behind believing more than a human/OS relationship.
Spike Jonze has always been known for doing weird movies and this is no different, if you are a fan of his movies this is a welcome addition to it.
Bottom line is that this is a well done sci fi rom com, it held my attention for the entire film and I was emotionally involved in it as well and that is a hard thing to do these days as I’ve been having a harder and harder time finding movies that can hold my attention for 15 minutes much less 90 and this one did it in spades. If you are looking for a different approach to the typical love story then I suggest giving this one a try. I have a hard time not giving this movie CCCCC on the Corey Scale. Easily the first good movie I have seen this year.
This is the second movie I watch last night that i enjoyed and like 28 Hotel Rooms is a relationship drama but while that one was fruitful, there is nothing good or fruitful about this relationship at any level. This movie is a wonderful twist on the psychological thriller in that you don’t need a killer or danger on a physical level for one to be a psychological thriller, often it just needs to be psychological.
The movie is mainly about a young teacher named Diana whom by appearance is a gorgeous youthful young teacher who leads a regular single life. In reality she is mentally unstable, well I wont say that that is a harsh way of putting it, she has relationship issues, lonely and from my vantage point suffers from depression. The cherry on top of this cake is that she has a very seriously romantic relationship with one of her high school students, never states whether he is under age but regardless this kind of relationship always spells trouble.
This movie is deep look into her world for the most part and her emotional unraveling as it becomes increasingly harder and harder for her to keep this relationship under wraps. We learn more about her and the boy named Eric whom she is in love with.
I like the fact that this movie didn’t look down on Diana too much or judge her making it seem wrong that she be in a relationship, only that not only is the relationship wrong for her on a professional level but on a emotional level. The character Eric obviously seems to only really want Diana for the sex but then he is a teenage male, and teenage male testosterone is out of control, if a guy can get sex any time he wants he will get it, especially at that age. He seems to basically just use her to get his sexual urges off.
Diana seems oblivious to this and even worse she is extremely clingy to him as if he is the only option he has, it would seem unlikely but I like how this movie displays her reasoning, any time her friend tries to set her up almost all the men do not match up to Eric as they are all still growing up themselves which seems condescending and hypocritical because in the end Diana is no better. While the guys she is set up with are still teenagers at heart that she brushes off as such she herself still acts like a teenage girl looking for that mature man whom in this case she convinces herself that it is this underage teenager.
This movie is a excellent example of a character study movie if I ever seen one, both in terms of her and her outlook towards others.
The measure a good movie is how well that movie suspend the audience’s belief that they are watching a movie, to be engaged in the story that they forget. I felt that way for much of this movie.
The one problem I had with this movie was there wasn’t movie. Nothing to do with the ending honestly I think the movie had a great ending I just think the film could have been much better with more. Unlike the last movie I think more meat on the bones of this movie would’ve made it much more stronger than hit home the parts of the movie better.
Despite however the movie still stand strong, well acted, everything for the most part was done extraordinarily well. The movie literally makes you sympathize with Diana regardless of how wrong the situation is because the film does such a good job of making you see her side of things that by the end of the film you feel her pain. That isn’t much of a spoiler because lets face it as I said before nothing good ever comes out of this kind of relationship.
Bottom line is this is a well made movie from top to bottom, leaves you wanting more in a negative fashion but there is enough in this movie for you to be entertained and engaged, it is a original take on this sort of subject and it goes in unexpected places leading to an inevitable but still anti climactic ending. Anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers or indie dramas in general will enjoy this. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.
I have had a tough stretch of watching lack luster movies lately, either that or I am becoming way too fickle with movies for my own good but last night I am glad I was able to watch two gems that satisfied my cinema craving at least for a night, this movie was one of them.
I love minimalistic films, films that attempt to do as much as it can either very very little. What we have here is a story about a man and a woman, we don’t know their names we only is that they go through 28 hotel rooms in the ‘span’ of their ‘relationship (notice how I put span and relationship in quotations). 28 locations, 2 people.At first it sounds so simple but looking at it now 28 locations sounds like it could have been hard but this film makes it and everything else look easy.
The movie is about a man and a woman whom meet up at any hotel while both are on the road away from home. They’ve formed their own relationship filled with fun, sex and room service. Over the years and over the number of hotel rooms they occupy their relationship builds and develops in ways you can and cannot imagine.
Make no mistake this is a character driven film, the only plot point is these two people’s relationship begins and ends in a hotel room. In the hotel room they are star crossed lovers, outside of the hotel room they separate people living separate lives.
Much like these two characters we all at first only really desire quick fix relationships or I should say no risk relationships. The kind we can walk into, get what we want and then walk out but soon or later either one or both of those people want a little more, like love itself, there is no such thing as low risk.
I really don’t want to make this a short review because it is a very good film but saying too much about it really spoils the film. What I will say is there is very little weakness in this movie outside of the fact that it may draw on too long at times.
The acting is spot on I mean it has to be, when you have a two person show those two people carry the movie and if they don’t have chemistry or are not directed properly the movie dies before it even has a chance to breathe. Lighting and cinematography is top not, pacing in of itself lends very well to flow of the movie.
However again I felt this movie was a tad a bit too long and drawn out, by the time we get to the conclusion it is like the film exhausted any and all reasources and reasons it had before coming to the conclusion, maybe that was the point and hindsight now is wonderful but again i think the same point could have been made if they trimmed down a bit of the 3rd act.
Again I don’t want to make it short but there isn’t too much to say about the film without spoiling it.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of character driven, dialogue heavy dramas then this is a sure fire must watch one night, 80% of the movie wont bore you if you are connected to the movie. The characters are engaging, actors are great, the movie flows well and keeps good pace for the most part. You can’t go wrong with this kind of movie if this is the kind of movie you like, this is the kind of movies I like and I found myself satisfied with watching it. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.