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Free Fire (2016)
Enjoyable, 23 April 2017

I definitely didn't have any kind of expectations for this or anything. I found it to be a very enjoyable, if very flawed action thriller. I think its strongest aspect is definitely its cast, who seem to be up for anything the film throws at them. The film also has a very amusing tone throughout, although it's also somewhat inconsistent. The film never truly seems as if it's completely sure if it just wants to be a very silly action comedy or if it wants to be a little bit more serious than that. Because of that it sometimes comes off disjointed, and a lot of its humor doesn't land. I also think the cinematography could have done more to make sure the audiences were following the action along. Still, it's enjoyable for what it is. One can call it Tarantino or Reservoir Dogs-lite.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Fascinating, 19 April 2017

I think the best thing that one can say about this film is that there's really no guessing where it's going to go, or even, what's going on at any current moment. It makes sense on a purely surface level, but as to what's actually going on is a bit hard to discern. There will be quite a lot of people who don't like this film, possible due to a combination of its pacing and where it eventually goes. I think it's a good mix of horror/drama with a dose of sentimentality. It's definitely not an easy film to categorize. It's a good thing Stewart is able to carry the film quite well.

Neruda (2016)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Definitely not what was expected, 9 April 2017

I had never seen a Pablo Larrain film until 2016's Jackie, which turned out to be a unique and singular directorial vision. Because of it I became a fan of him and perhaps that's why I expected more of the same free-form storytelling here. In that respect it was not what I expected, but the film is still very much distinct from what usual biopics are. I can understand why there seems to be so much frustration from some viewers, and while the film did lose me at times, the acting, cinematography, and fluid directing were enough to keep me more engaged as it went on. The finale is also really well done, and that final shot is very memorable.

An amazing achievement that, almost thirty years later, is as relevant as ever, 29 March 2017

To say that I hadn't seen this film until now is a huge embarrassment. I had never seen a Spike Lee film but it's not hard to know why a film like this raised his profile. Not only is the film a strong political statement (and in that respect, it's an emotionally grueling, uncomfortable, and disturbing experience), but it's also incredibly well written. A film like this has to flesh out its characters and its situations before the storm. It does such a great job of that. The film can be funny until it becomes a real challenging piece of work, and to have both sides of the film only makes it hit that much harder.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Subtle coming-of-age tale, 22 March 2017

I wasn't really sure what to except out of this film, but to classify it as simply an LGBT film would be a great disservice to what it's doing. There aren't just two leads here, there are three, and that is crucial to the importance of it. The screenplay is layered and filled with small gestures and moments that mean a lot to the characters, but ones we have to be attentive to. This is a little film made out of moments like that and if people aren't used to it and don't like that kind of storytelling, they may not take to this film. It's subtle and very nuanced where it counts, and that's why it stands apart from the rest of its like.

One of the most personal documentaries in recent memory, 19 March 2017

To call One More Time With Feeling a great achievement and leave it at that would be to ignore just how unique it is in a vast sea of documentaries. Instead of being about the death of Nick Cave's son and treating that as the primary subject, the film revolves around Nick Cave's creative process and in the meantime how his personal loss affected that process. There are a lot of philosophical ideas going around, so even though the premise and structure of the film is simple, it's a very weight film to experience. Andrew Dominik can create an atmosphere like no other (for an example, see The Assassination of Jesse James) and here he's able to so perfectly capture the kind of thoughtful ideas and imagery that are associated with Cave's internal process. This is a great one and not to be missed.

Grave (2016/II)
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
A sexual awakening story of a different kind, 19 March 2017

It would be disingenuous of me to call this film's premise completely original. It recalls to mind many a few other horror films out there. However, what is most important is just how unique a film can execute familiar premises, and this film does that and more. To begin with, it's an incredibly well written coming of age/sexual awakening/horror/black comedy film. More than anything, it is an amazing directorial achievement. To learn that it is the debut feature of the director is that much more impressive, and luckily it's also a film that isn't afraid to linger in the female gaze. We need more female filmmakers like this and this is such a breath of fresh air.

Triangle (2009)
A really mind-bending experience, 18 March 2017

It's a real shame that this film isn't more widely known or discovered because I believe that it would have quite the cult following. From the opening scenes the film's stylistic editing alludes to something unknown, and the mystery doesn't die down. Things only get more surreal when the group of passengers board a ship and chaos ensues. To give anything away from the film would be to spoil the excitement. While the film has a few things to say about parenthood and trauma, it's just a whole lot of fun and I believe that watching it with a wide audience would only enhance the experience.

Logan (2017)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Very ambitious, 11 March 2017

I think there are quite a lot of things that Logan is attempting to do that I don't think any other Marvel comics film has done. In terms of ambition, it definitely eclipses those others. I don't think everything in the screenplay always entirely worked. There are some rough edges that needed some refining for the finished product. And I also don't think the film is quite the masterpiece that it is being hailed as. However, it's an incredibly well-made, enjoyable, and really meaningful picture that allows us to experience these characters that we've know before in very different ways. The film should be congratulated for definitely trying something different and for mostly being successful.

Touching, 5 March 2017

It's hard not to be at least a little moved by this film. Its set up is so obvious and easily sentimental, and the flashbacks help so much with that. Is it a great film? Not entirely, no. It's well done and it's well acted, but it is a little too broad and obvious in what its trying to do and films have used similar premises before. But it's hard not to go along with it while it's happening. And in an age where it's easier to embrace darker and grittier films, this is a nice addition to the Foreign Language Oscar line-up. Overall, definitely recommended but nothing groundbreaking.

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