Reviews on some of the films I’ve seen since July 2020




Morbius 2022 ★
Watched May 28, 2022

This probably would have been a blockbuster hit in the late 90s early 2000s.

Very bad movie. Not even worth watching for memes.


Toy Story 4 2019 ★★½
Watched May 26, 2022

Maybe not completely necessary but still pretty much a solid pixar quality production. Watching this just made me want to watch 3.


Top Gun 1986 ★★★
Watched May 23, 2022

Top class film making. Exciting and fun to watch.

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Frontline: Poor Kids 2012 ★★★½
Watched May 18, 2022

Faced with poverty and a bleak and uncertain future these kids hold on to hope where they can find it. They are the future, and this is really a shame. Watching them growing up too fast and being so cynical at such an early point in their lives really is heart breaking.


Ambulance 2022 ★★★
Watched May 18, 2022

Action packed and super fun. I only wish the ending was more fleshed out.


Licorice Pizza 2021 ★★★
Watched May 15, 2022

That feel good feel? Yes.
Expertly crafted PTA film? Yes.
Worth your time? Probably not.


The Northman 2022 ★★★
Watched May 14, 2022

Bloody and engrossing. Missing something though not sure what. More Dafoe?


Rio, Zona Norte 1957 ★★★★
Watched May 08, 2022

Music for the soul.


Uncharted 2022 ★★★★
Watched May 01, 2022

Very fun family blockbuster with good special effects. Definitely feels like it has potential to be a huge franchise.


The Sadness 2021 ★★★★
Watched Apr 19, 2022

Even a highly desensitized bastard like me thinks this shit is extreme. This film is a damn blast.


Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021 ★★★★½
Watched Apr 18, 2022

NWH is Light, hearty, and really fun. I really enjoyed this overt nostalgia ride.


Aparajito 1956 ★★★★½
Watched Apr 03, 2022

|Honour thy father and thy mother, that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest live long on the good land, which the Lord thy God gives to thee.|

Life is too short.


Stalker 1979 ★★★★½
Watched Apr 02, 2022

Stalker is a cerebral and philosophical triumph. Matched with a thoroughly engaging screen play, jaw dropping dystopian visuals/cinematography, and a tense atmosphere of despair; Stalker is a near masterpiece. Be prepared to lose yourself, as you wind in and out of the labyrinth of the zone and explore the nature of humanity’s inner desires and demons.


King Richard 2021 ★★★
Watched Mar 24, 2022

Pre-Oscar Slap:
A standout performance by Aunjanue Ellis is matched by Smith’s return to drama. King Richard is a good film that sputters out 2/3s in. Regardless, Will Smith needs to grab more roles like this.


Steve Jobs 2015 ★★½
Watched Mar 20, 2022

Steve Jobs is greatly written but plagued by a sense of self importance and what feels like unnecessary dramatization.


Filme Demência 1986 ★★★½
Watched Mar 18, 2022

A film of mythos carried by great performances, engaging screenplay, and visual metaphors.


Tampopo 1985 ★★★★
Watched Mar 13, 2022

Endearing and absolutely brimming with charm.
I probably smiled half the film. I only wish the satire of western and Japanese culture/themes were more naturally woven into the narrative arc of the movie. With the exception of some questionable eroticism, I think this film really is something special and uniquely Japanese. I definitely recommend.


Kin 2018 ★
Watched Mar 13, 2022

Garbage water.


Jacob’s Ladder 1990 ★★★★½
Watched Mar 11, 2022

Jacob’s Ladder is a hellish dive into madness, despair, and disillusionment that will fill you with anxiety. This film has that dream-like sense of dread and foreboding, similar to Mullholand Drive’s diner scene but for 2 straight hours. Whether Jacob’s ladder is a simple anti-war story or an allegory for death, purgatory, and regret; I’m unsure. In the big picture, it doesn’t really matter because it delivers, full stop. This film made me uncomfortable and I genuinely enjoyed putting the pieces together of this horror/thriller.


Pather Panchali 1955 ★★★★★
Watched Feb 25, 2022

A beautiful tale of innocence and hardship that shouldn’t be missed.


The Voyeurs 2021 ★½
Watched Sep 11, 2021

Mind ya damn business
-a film by Michael Mohan


Gattaca 1997 ★★★★★
Rewatched Aug 24, 2021

Superb.


The Green Knight 2021 ★★★★★
Watched Aug 22, 2021

The Green Knight is drop dead gorgeous, full of style, and a properly intriguing vision. I loved the journey and witnessing the highs and lows of Sir Gawain. Characters felt true to themselves and the mystery and enigma of the world that was created had me invested 100 percent. A very good example of “don’t try to understand, just feel it” done right. In all seriousness this movie was awesome.


Good Morning 1959 ★★★★★
Watched Jul 10, 2021

Perfectly encapsulates everything I love about Ozu. Good Morning is a film full of love, laughter, and a sense of nostalgia that touches you. I just envy first timers who will have the warm homely feeling I get while watching this. Such a beautiful film that I can’t recommend enough.


Tommaso 2019 ★★★★
Watched Jul 09, 2021

Thoroughly engaging, arousing, full of emotion and self refection. Dafoe is brilliant. Will be jumping on to the director’s other work asap.


A Quiet Place Part II 2020 ★½
Watched Jul 07, 2021

Boring and predictable formula from first film rehashed.


Minari 2020 ★★★★★
Watched Feb 26, 2021

Brilliantly simple and profound with a tremendous soundtrack. Cant ask for more from a movie.


Céline and Julie Go Boating 1974 ★
Watched Feb 19, 2021

Had to pause this twice to finish. (Very long)


Columbus 2017 ★
Watched Jan 16, 2021

Boring intellectual babble with a side dish of staring at buildings.


Lilya 4-ever 2002 ★★★★★
Watched Jan 16, 2021

Simply devastating.


Wonder Woman 1984 2020 ★★★
Watched Dec 27, 2020

A fun and at times extremely campy film. 2 stars deducted for Gal Gadot’s awkward roadrunner like running motions.


Sound of Metal 2019 ★★★
Watched Dec 23, 2020

Thoughtful but ultimately lacks a big punch. The film also feels like it is missing an act in which the protagonist “learns to be deaf”. I still enjoyed this film a lot despite its shortcomings.


Harakiri 1962 ★★★★★
Watched Dec 16, 2020

One of the best Japanese stories ever told. In many ways more powerful than Seven Samurai. I can’t believe I took so long to watch this gem. At least something good is coming out of being stuck at home. Can’t recommend this enough.


Wind 2019 ★★★½
Watched Oct 31, 2020

Interesting Disney/Pixar production with nice foundation but just doesn’t work for some reason. Probably could have used 5 more minutes.


Personal Shopper 2016 ★★★
Watched Oct 30, 2020

An engaging supernatural thriller with a contemplative conclusion.


Krisha 2015 ★★★
Watched Oct 28, 2020

Full of drama, beautifully shot, and distressingly claustrophobic. One hell of a family gathering. Would not attend.


Coherence 2013 ★★★½
Watched Oct 27, 2020

This film actually surprised me how good it was because I heard it was similar to Primer. However, this manages to not be boring. Does the film coherently pull off its sci-fi premise? For the most part. Hard to fully suspend belief when it feels so low budget though. I’ll forgive it because it is low budget.


Central Station 1998 ★★★★★
Watched Oct 25, 2020

Simply brilliant and full of heart. An amazing Brazilian film that will likely bring you to tears at some point.


An Autumn Afternoon 1962 ★★★★★
Watched Oct 25, 2020

What is there really to say? Ozu’s final film and overall legacy is magnificent. This film, like many of his other achievements, show how a movie should make you feel. Ozu’s crafted stories are filled with subtle dialog, impactful/meaningful photography, and a sense of comfort that probably will never be replicated.

A sandwich of tenderness, love, sadness, and drizzled with a healthy dosage of optimism; An Autumn Afternoon will have you yearning and longing for family you never knew you wanted. I love Ozu and will never grow tired of his everlasting and timeless filmography.


The Big City 1963 ★★★★★
Watched Oct 18, 2020

After watching this film, The Big City rocketed up my list of favorite foreign/Indian movies. It examines one family’s struggles to survive in a reluctant patriarchal Indian society and their day-to-day struggles, while attempting to provide for their family. Even backdropped with such heavy socio-economic overtones; The Big City wowed with me with its underlying hopeful story of attaining self-worth and the love of husband and wife that would get them through anything.


Persona 1966 ★★★★
Watched Oct 02, 2020

On top of having some beautiful and haunting imagery; this film can be endlessly pulled apart for its meaning and debated for the multitude of metaphors and feminist themes. I really like the way the film handled the dynamic nature of the two women’s relationship, their personal adversities, and highly recommend it.


Corpus Christi 2019 ★★★★½
Watched Sep 30, 2020

As anyone can clearly see, this juvenile is no imposter. He was chosen by God for this role. The struggle displayed in this film as the protagonist is being painfully torn between his past and his present life resonated strongly with me. All the elements from the cast to the acting and photography really culminates in a powerful film that shouldn’t be missed whether you like religion themed films or not.


The Second Mother 2015 ★★★★½
Watched Sep 29, 2020

A heartwarming film about family and values. There is something special here in the small moments and everyday life events that really draws me to this film. Seeing the mother splashing in the pool is just delightful.


Bacurau 2019 ★★★
Watched Sep 29, 2020

An interesting movie bringing in elements of horror and action that concludes in a fun and battle royale styled western standoff.


Le Trou 1960 ★★★★★
Watched Sep 28, 2020

Thoroughly engrossing and what I love about cinema. This is an all time classic. Friendship, hope, betrayal, and despair all combine for the perfect black and white prison escape journey.


Sleeping with Other People 2015 ★★★
Watched Jul 14, 2020

Not the greatest in the genre but pretty serviceable. I only wish the movie ended on a more realistic note. Was actually surprised when the movie carried on after what I thought was the ending. Sunshine and rainbows is the name of the game here but that’s okay because I still ended up liking the film regardless.


System Crasher : Review

System Crasher 2019
★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2020

System Crasher is a very sad movie. It is a film full of love and pain and about an institution that fails a flawed but beautiful child time and time again. My heart really broke for the kid. The way the film shows the failures of those who truly believe in her and support her really made me feel the greatest pain. When you do everything you can and throw all the love you can possibly afford towards a cause and still end up failing and disappointing them must hurt like hell. I don’t envy any person working in the child welfare system and hope this film allows others some sympathy for the institution and those involved. I highly recommend this film!

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Short Reviews on Films I’ve Watched Recently

As many of us have been stuck inside during this global pandemic, we have had a lot of time to enjoy some of our more introvert hobbies; One of mine being watching television shows and movies in my spare time. It feels like it has been ages since the last time I was able to experience a film in its fully intended format on the big silver screen. However my love for my hobby hasn’t died down in the slightest. I’ve watched many films since the last time I hit a legit cinema but I’d thought I share some of my thoughts on a small selection of these films I’ve experienced during this quarantine life we have found ourselves in.

Well without further ado here are my short and sweet thoughts:

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The Wolf House 2018
★★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2020

Artistically brilliant but lacking focus.

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I’m No Longer Here 2019
★★★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2020

I loved this film. Equally a powerful tale of poverty/violence and an examination of what it means to be home.

Ya no estoy aqui (I'm no longer here) (en) | Cinelatino

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Almost Friends 2016
★★★★½ Added 03 Jul, 2020

This is straight garbage romcom with a real generic formula but shit was entertaining to watch, so whatever and that’s how imma rate it. One thing I noticed is that the side plots were distracting/uninteresting. This was a good popcorn flick to watch with a group of friends, significant other, or by yourself if you have some time to burn. If you/they don’t like Freddie Highmore though you might want to pass.

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The Vast of Night 2019
★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2020

The beginning of this film has some fantastic world building but it sputters out for me at about the halfway mark.

The Vast of Night movie review (2020) | Roger Ebert

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Ingrid Goes West 2017
★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2020

More comedy than drama which is a huge loss in my opinion.

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Waves 2019
★★★★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2020

Waves tells it’s story fully and without feeling drawn out. The film tells an expansive story of the lives touched by tragedy and the ripples that permeate their lives. I wish it lasted longer…

Waves (2019) by Trey Edward Shults

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire 2019
★★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2020

I was truly wowed by this film. Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a remarkable tale of a fleeting but profound love, highlighted by amazing performances, beautiful costume design, and best in class cinematography.

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Millennium Mambo 2001
★ Watched 31 May, 2020

Art house bore. Beautifully shot but horrendous story and lifeless main character.

How Millennium Mambo set the blueprint for Moonlight

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The Hunt 2020
★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2020

This movie was pretty fun watching with the family.

Recension: The hunt (Film) | SvD

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The Invisible Man 2020
★★★½ Watched 29 Feb, 2020

Solid popcorn thriller film with solid production and an above average score. This film will be very popular. Go head out with your friends/dates for a very enjoyable theater experience.(Edit: These thoughts were before everything in the country was shut down)

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The Lodge 2019
★★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2020

I think this just became my favorite horror movie all time. The film is unsettling as hell and beautifully shot. The entire audience at the screening I attended were morbidly quiet and freaked out from this film. Can’t recommend enough!

The Lodge (2019)

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Jojo Rabbit 2019
★★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2020

Loved the uniqueness, simple but effective plot, and humor.

Jojo Rabbit' review: Taika Waititi goofs on Hitler in fab WWII satire

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Marriage Story 2019
★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2020

Adam Driver is phenomenal here. He is a definite runner up for best actor if he doesn’t straight up steal it as the underdog. I abso-freaking-lutely loved this film. Perfectly illuminating the unfairness and brutal honesty of what divorce/separation does to a couple. And don’t let me start on the amazing home evaluation scene. This film is a damn near masterpiece. Please watch it! It’s on Netflix for Christ’s sake. You don’t have an excuse letterbox family.

What's Missing from the Brilliant “Marriage Story” | The New Yorker

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Terminator: Dark Fate 2019
★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2020

Legion flashbacks were interesting at least.

Biggest Unanswered Questions In Terminator: Dark Fate | Movier

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The Lighthouse 2019
★★★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2020

Dafoe really shines here. I could listen to him berate someone all day.

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American Factory 2019
★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2020

An eye opening look into globalization , American values, and efficiency. American factory is thoroughly entertaining and an equally depressing depiction of the direction the world is going.

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1917 : Review

I’ve always loved war movies even though they have been far and few between recently. Upon witnessing teasers of the film 1917, I put a great amount amount of restraint on myself and deliberately held back my excitement for the upcoming movie. All I knew for sure was that I desired to see this film in the biggest screen possible with the highest quality sound that I could find.

I’m certain that the film’s critics will confine the impact of this film into a small box. A box that says this film is simply spectacle and nothing else but after seeing what it had to offer I’d have to strongly argue against this. A strong parallel for this film would obviously be Nolan’s Dunkirk. That film housed solid performances similar to George McKay’s in 1917 but where 1917 really shines is its ability to create sympathy.

The lack of characterization for both of these films is present but felt much more so with Dunkirk. While Dunkirk somewhat frustrated me with its indistinguishable characters Roger Deakins and Sam Mendes overcomes these shortcomings with their direction and work.

Sam Mendes has gone on to say he wanted to convey a story that anyone could relate to despite their previous knowledge. This is a war film that puts its focus on the war itself and in turn successfully emphasizes the futility and horror of war. The film’s single shot approach adds an extra layer of immersion that allows you to engross yourself into the era and feel the harrowing consequences and effects of armed conflict first hand.

I would be disingenuous if I said this film didn’t lean heavily into its technical and awe-inspiring cinematography. I don’t reckon Deakins had a single bad shot in this entire film. Yet, I think he does it effectively and it gives us a film that is a blast to watch.

While I personally don’t believe that this film will have a broad appeal beyond war movie buffs it did something that Nolan’s Dunkirk failed to do for me. It kept me truly engaged. 1917 is truly stirring artistry and conveys Deakins prowess and Sam Mendes deft hand. These two are true leaders in their respective fields. This film soars beyond it’s simple plot and premise and lands into something surprisingly great.

Review: Do yourself a service and watch this while it still rolls in theaters.

 

 

Shoplifters(2018) : Review

Shoplifters is a gripping movie directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. If you enjoyed his previous film Nobody Knows which also tackled the issues of poverty, this movie is right up that alley. It depicts a very realistic look into the lives of a rag-tag bunch.

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The star of this film is definitely Sakura Ando, who deservingly won an award for “Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” through the 42nd Japanese Academy Prize ceremony that was held in March, 2019. I knew she was amazing actor going back to her role in Love Exposure but this movie definitely elevated her for me. I’m looking forward to seeing more from her going forward. Lastly, you can’t talk about acting from this film without applauding the performances from the child actors. They are the center of story from beginning to the end and will leave a lasting impression on you and touch your soul.

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I highly recommend this movie to anyone that wants to try out a good Japanese film.

10/10

Chihayafuru Trilogy (2016-2018) : Review

Chihayafuru is a trilogy of films about the world of competitive Hyakunin Isshu Karuta and how this traditional card game brings people together. For people that aren’t familiar with the game, the basic rule of the game is that a poem is read and the players pitted against each other must swipe/clear the cards from their territory before their opponent to win. The film does a good job with explaining the intricacies of the game which was really nice for someone with no knowledge.

 

This film is an adaptation of the manga. I don’t watch many animes or read mangas, so I can’t give you an honest opinion on how genuine the adaptation was to manga but the general consensus that I got from from forums and review websites is that people thoroughly enjoyed it. Though, I don’t think that would apply to me anyway. I often enjoy Japanese shows/movies that are heavily criticized by fans for it’s adaptations.

The films were a great balance of comedy and drama . The romances depicted throughout the films weren’t too on the nose and didn’t take away from the film at all.  It almost feels like the movies were made for TV; That’s not to take away from them, since I enjoyed watching them all. Chihayafuru will surprise you how intense a card game can be while exploring many themes such as the definition of strength and the meaning of a legacy. The films have an extremely likable cast of characters with some characters that will surprise you with how deep they are. I highly recommend this slice of life trilogy.

8/10

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Threads (1984) : Review

I’ve heard rumblings of this film through the most bizarre of places. I was in search of a horror film and came across an off-hand comment that swore by the statement that Threads was and continues to be, in his memory the scariest movie he had ever scene.

After a little research I discovered an avid fan-base for the movie with similar thoughts regarding the nuclear holocaust drama. Threads is a film that depicts the immediate aftermath and continuing effects that a nuclear war would have on city.

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I jumped into the film with a little hesitation. How could a film with these topics be considered essentially horror. The film portrays a world in political turmoil and on the brink of catastrophe. It takes an up close and personal look at a small group of people as they experience nuclear annihilation. The film displays a step by step thorough  documentary style and disturbing breakdown of the events with incredible effect.

Threads is a relentless depiction of societal breakdown. I found it particularly potent how the film illustrated the futility of keeping order in a world of destruction and chaos. One arc in the film follows a group of public servants responsible for administering aid and support during and after the event. You can almost taste the fear as they experience the same sense of dread as those outside their fortified bunker. Then as the audience you you have to witness the same ones responsible for allowing the world to continue to move forward meet their slow and painful deaths.

I can only fathom the way kids growing up during the cold war may have felt experiencing a film such as this. As the doomsday clock ticks closer and closer to the brink of annihilation, a drama style documentary releases, preying on everyone’s current fears. The imagery of the film is shocking but ultimately forces you to examine what an event of this magnitude would actually entail. One scene in the film is particularly striking as the bombs begin to fall and all hell breaks loose. A character in the film stares up at the looming mushroom cloud and says in the most defeated and fearful way, “Jesus Christ, they’ve done it.”

After the end of the film, I thought deeply of what I would do in a world like this. I thought of how unprepared personally and as as people we are for something like this. Where would I go? Where would I meet my loved ones?  How could anyone survive in a world where every scrap of food is the difference between life and death. How does a government decide who should live or die with massive food shortages? The tag line for the film is “The closest you’ll ever want to come to nuclear war”. This sentence is pretty much a spot on endorsement. What defines a “scary” film? Threads is a film that gnaws at our inner fears and exposes the ever-present depravity of human nature. If this realistic living nightmare brought to the screen isn’t horror, I don’t know what is.

Review: Threads is a profound film that shouldn’t be missed.

 

 

John Wick 3: Parabellum: Review

John Wick returns for another action packed and fun sequel. The gun-fu series now sees John Wick on the outs from his previous masters. The film hosts some very beautiful aesthetics as we see John evading harm on the gritty streets of New York. The fight scenes and shootouts are still a blast to watch. Well choreographed and filmed martial arts is hard to come by and continues to be a front and center staple for this entry. John Wick’s mastery of close quarters combat is a delight to watch and I don’t see myself ever growing tired of. New notable characters played by Halle Berry and the Asia Kate Dillon (Billions) are a welcome addition.

Yet one of my favorite entries had to be from the introduction of a tag team duo of killer dogs being commanded by Sofia(Berry). Bringing into the fold a genre I didn’t even think was possible– Dog-fu? The series itself seems to have begun developing an ever expanding lore of its own. The John Wick series never seems to rest on it laurels. A growing number of antagonists and allies continue to give myself and audiences a reason to cheer. With the impressive ability to make me root for foes just as easily as friends; John Wick still has a lot of gas in its tanks.

9/10 – Good old fun.

Fallen Angels(1995): Review

Just when I’d gotten somewhat bored with movies , a deep dive into my backlog of forgotten films brought me across Fallen Angels. Fallen Angels is movie that has to be seen to understand its magic. The story runs the gambit from a coming of age tale all the way to a burnt out hit-man looking to get out. One of the most surprisingly impactful thread is in the romantic elements of this film. Pessimism and cynicism somewhat pervade all throughout the story and these characters as we follow them in the film. This sense of dread seemingly even bleeds visually into almost every frame. The relationships contained in the film are as broken as they come but through them we also get hope and genuine optimism that really ties it all together.

You wouldn’t think you would get such touching moments from the characters in the film. One such character in the film is a complete mute who hijacks businesses at night while they are closed and physically forces pedestrians to pay him. Another is an assassin who is torn and divided on the idea of real human companionship. These two main actors are accompanied by a truly authentic couple of convincing and polar opposite supporting actresses that compliment the cast greatly. However the real standout is Takeshi Kaneshiro who plays the role of the mute He Zhiwu. A pure performance piece for him as he never utters a line of dialogue. The overall arching narrative in Fallen Angels never stretches itself too thin and leads to a fantastic climax and very satisfying wrap up resolution. Character arcs don’t lead to complete transformations or existential epiphanies . Instead we get a more developed and subtle character progression but it is more potent. In all the chaos of their lives it is the smaller human things that spoke the most to me in this film, such as He Zhiwu’s relationship to his father.

Fallen Angels is a hyper stylized film that is truly a visual feast. Scene by scene we are dazzled and treated to masterclass cinematography through some of the best camera work I’ve seen in a very long time. On a technical perspective I don’t think any Asian film has ever impressed me as much as this. I’m unsure what element of the cinematography impressed me the most. Was it the unorthodox angles, film distortion, or bombardment of color frame by frame? It could have also been the downright nostalgic and superior look of non digital film in the 90s with all it’s “flaws”. I’ll be sure to take a look at Christopher Doyles other works.

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I can’t recommend this film more for movie buffs out there. Fallen Angels has an effective musical score, unforgettable visuals, and truly authentic ensemble of convincing and supporting actors.

Although my romantic relationship with cinema can even lead me to becoming altogether estranged from the medium once in awhile, all it takes is that one special film to show me that i’m always In The Mood For Love. This is that film. Go watch it folks.

The Vault(2017): Review

The Vault is an interesting  genre mix up. A mash up of your standard b-movie heist genre and a weird combination of unexpected horror. As far as bank heist films go, this film is pretty adequate. All the right beats for suspense in the first half of the film are hit as the would be robbers go in to make a score. Unfortunately they don’t know what they have gotten themselves into. As their plan unravels through predictable bank heist mistakes, so does a much darker under tone for the film.

A paranormal component to the film is introduced when the crew looks to target the vault in the basement. The horror element in the movie is relatively rushed. Their isn’t any real build up or pay off for the horror side of the film.The film doesn’t rely on jump scares but instead unnerving hallucinations and gore. Looking back at the film I believe the horror aspect of the film proved to be one of The Vault’s weakest characteristics.

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Cinematography takes a realistic approach and it fits the grittiness of the subject materials. No scenes in particular really hit home for me in that regards.  The writing in the film isn’t horrible but is very unexciting because everything is as expected. Taryn Manning gives a solid performance for her usual skitzy typecast character. The dialogue is run of the mill,  however Francesca Eastwood’s acting is pretty much wasted for this film and was a pleasant surprise. I look forward to seeing her in new roles.

James Franco the most prominent actor and main focus of  promotional material in the film is just there to attract viewers it seems. Franco only speaks about 5 lines of dialogue and only  holds onto a minuscule amount of screen time  the whole film. This film won’t last the test of time but I recommend firing it up when it goes up on your favorite streaming service.The vault is good fun and I would recommend for  a boring night you want to stay in and stream something with a friend.