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Submarine (2010)
2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Little Film Called Submarine, 14 August 2011

Anybody else seen it? I thought this was one of the best comedies of the year. Strong performances all around, particularly from the lead Craig Roberts. Also nice supporting work from Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor. The script is delightful and the direction is surprisingly stylish, both the work of Richard Ayoade, who you might remember as Moss in the IT Crowd. Possibly the best debut direction of the year, at least thus far. The soundtrack is also quite strong, and entirely original. It consists of strong melodic acoustic songs by Alex Turner, best known as the lead singer of the British band the Arctic Monkeys. If any film should be getting buzz for the Best Original Song Oscar this year it's Submarine.


5 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
A Strong Performance, but a Flawed Narrative, 9 June 2010

I was personally highly disappointed with the narrative. The screenplay seemed to betray the strong of of Affleck, forgetting to let the character in Ford's head. Ford is psychotic, and therefore a unreliable narrator. It isn't until the final scene that this is even remotely shown. As it is the script only comes off as shallow.

Still Affleck gives a fine performance, and we probably have Hudson's best work in almost a decade, or at least since The Skeleton Key. Alba brings very little to the role, but her performance isn't necessarily bad either. It just is.

The Killer Inside Me isn't necessarily a terrible film, and it not a film to avoid by means, but it certainly isn't anything to rush out to see. Part's of it are certainly worth while, most notably the scenes towards the middle of the film.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Synecdoche, New York, 26 March 2009

Just like all of Kaufman's previous film it had a strong underlying plot that was actually deceptively simple. It had all the things that have made Kaufman's previous films so brilliant, but unfortunately this time it fell apart. Maybe it was because Kaufman himself was the director this time, and was simply not up to the task, or because Synecdoche, New York simply has too much of what made his previous films so great. It has two much whimsy and metaphors and too simple of a basis. Synecdoche, New York is the worst kind of mess. One that just misses brilliance. One that actually has a lot of brilliant in it, but squanders it.

1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Touching if Very Flawed, 4 January 2009

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a beautiful, touching, and very flawed film. The plot is touching, and the performances all affective, and the film is generally well done, but it is flawed, mostly I believe to the screenplay. Like many of Roths previous films there is an overabundance of sub-plots. The film is to long, but that isn't only it. Large chunks of the film seem disjointed from the rest of the picture, and as far as I'm concerned the most dramatic of these are the many scenes where Ormond reads the story to a dieing Blanchett. Still Benjamin Button is a very good film, mostly due to what the actors did, Pitt and Blanchett are great in their respective lead rolls, and Taraji P. Henson more then steals the film as Pitts mother. Also much of the film is very touching, I just wish Roth had written a better screenplay.

The Fly (1986)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
A Disturbing and Beautiful Sci-Fi Tragedy, 19 November 2008

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The Fly is the story about a nerdy, reclusive scientist who invents a teleportation machine, and his reporter girlfriend who is writing a book on the discovery. Everything is going well until the scientist, drunk and jealous attempts to use the machine to teleport himself prematurely, and ends up fusing himself with a fly. The film quickly turns from sci-fi romance, to sci-fi Shakespearian tragedy.

The film is a semi remake of an old Vincent Pryce campy horror film. It is semi in that it was the same title, and a similar premise, but very few of the same plot details, and a very different feel. While the original was a campy 3D style film, this one is truly disturbing. That is not surprising being from director David Lynch best known for such films as Videodrome, Naked Lunch, Crash, and A History of Violence. He is known for violent, disturbing, brilliant, and emotionally brutal films.

The Fly is probably one of his strongest. It features a great performance by Jeff Goldblum as the scientist. He is sensitive, sad, and generally just deeply poignant. The film also features some of the best makeup ever put on screen. The film was made in the mid eighties before most computer effects were available, and all the effects are thanks to the make up. Turning a man slowly into a fly must have been difficult, and it is actually perfectly pulled off.

So in the end The Fly is a strongly constructed, and entertaining sci-fi horror film of sorts, and will be enjoyed by even people who aren't sci-fi fans. It will have the effect of staying with you for a while after seeing it, and not only for the horrific effects created by the makeup.

7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Feels Emotionally Distant, 19 August 2008

I was expecting a lot more. House of Sand and Fog was brilliant, but Perelman loses it in his second film, but it really isn't him that hurts the film the most, although he does lose himself in the imagery a little but. Most of the flaws of the film can be attributed to the screenplay, It never fully meshes. Also the plot twist at the end completely ruins what we have seen, which isn't far above mediocre as is. There are, though a couple of good things about the film. Most notably the performances by Wood and Amurri. They are natural and wonderful. They almost make the film worth watching. The cinematography is also rather beautiful, in fact almost too much so for the film. It makes it seem even more artificial.

12 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
A Pretentious Mess, 13 May 2008

Youth Without Youth is a pretentious mess. Pretensiousness is underrated in films today, but that doesn't save it from not working. Coppolla seems to still remember the mechanics of film making, but he hasn't recovered the fervor yet. His new film is a beautiful, and sometimes interesting film with fine performances. The fact that it doesn't work is somewhat surprising, and mostly I think due to Coppolla's script and the mediocre editing. It is almost worth seeing just for the cinematography, and the performances by Roth and particularly Lara who are fantastic, but in the end it just isn't quite worth it. No matter how much I wanted to like it, I couldn't. It just didn't quite work.

An Apt Film About The Great Character of Bob Dylan, 6 May 2008

Quite an interesting film. I'm a huge fan of experimental cinema, and this was the first real big film like this I've seen in a while. Everything didn't work, but it mostly did. More worked well then failed. I found Blanchett's and Ledger's parts to the be the best, and the worst to probably be Franklin's or Bale's. Performance wise I was most impressed with Blanchett, just like everyone else. She was perfect. Ledger and Whishaw were both also great, and there wasn't a bad member of the cast. I was very impressed with Haynes control over the film. This was one of the best directed films of the year. He knew what was happened all the time, and made a sort of controlled chaos. It's the most you can ask for in a direction. The film is very well made, but not for everyone. It never quite reaches greatness, but that hardly ever happens in films. This was a fine film, and an apt story of the character of Bob Dylan.

0 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
A Fun, Relatable, and Funny Comedy, 5 March 2008

I enjoyed it. It's a interesting, and symbolic piece with fine performances all around. Bill Murray did wonders with his tiny amount of screen time, as did Natalie Portman. Angelica Huston also gave her best performance in years, although that says very little. Schwartzman gave the best performance of the three brothers. He was interesting, and brilliantly emotionally stunted. I also enjoyed Brody, and Wilson gave his finest performance ever, but I still figure he should stick to writing. The screenplay was the finest aspect of the entire film. It was very relatable, and interesting. All in all, a fine and well done film.

29 out of 55 people found the following review useful:
A Masterful Thriller, 19 February 2008

A masterpiece with many great performances. While it is the worst of the Best Picture nominees, that says very little. This is the first year in a long time that all the nominees are great. This is Clooney's finest performance. He is subtle and gives a full blooded performance. Wilkinson is also brilliant, and probably gives the best performance of the film. He is one of the best character actors around, and this is why. I also loved Swintons subtle performance. She made what could have been a paint by numbers character something real. The screenplay was also brilliant, and full of twists. This is a truly entertaining, and great film. One of the best of 2007.

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