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.


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.

 

 

Self/Less: Review

Self/Less is a film which reminds you constantly not to suspend belief. The plot in Self/Less isn’t bad in itself but paired with bad writing/dialogue and a flat performance from Ryan Reynolds it pushes the film from being a promising B-  film to a soulless cash in on tried formulas. An over reliance on action movie tropes ,such as exaggerated military training capabilities, makes Self/Less fall into the category of outright silliness at times.

Characters behave and react to events in illogical and absurd manners. We are treated with a relatively disappointing and weakly written female supporting roles in a post-Mad Max society. A thoroughly unscientific plot attempts to prove that it is grounded but falls painstakingly short and expounds the gullible nature of Ryan’s on-screen “wife” even further. What could have been embraced as a distant undiscovered possibility is squandered by unconvincing narrative.

This movie had an intriguing premise which would be better suited to relish in its obscurity. It focuses on tried and overused devices in Hollywood filmmaking. With a lack of rational characters and motives, Self/Less fumbles while searching for it’s identity. While there is an obvious protagonist and antagonist, there really shouldn’t be. The audience is essentially forced into an opinion which would be fine if there was some sort of reasonable payoff.

We are given a glimpse about a debate on who is really right and wrong but ultimately do not care due to lack of execution. Self/Less isn’t a terrible movie but it certainly isn’t one that treats its audience as though they are remotely intelligent.

Verdict: 4/10 (Skip)

 

Twin Peaks (Season 1 & 2) : Review

You go into Twin Peaks expecting weirdness but nothing prepares you for the  downright absurdity that unravels. Twin Peaks takes everything you expect out of a normal television program and turns it on its head. This show is heralded by its community of cult followers and shunned by many critics. Of course, Twin Peaks probably deserves some of these polarizing opinions. Yet no one could have anticipated the scope of Mark Frost and David Lynch’s vision.

Twin Peaks is a show with an ever expanding universe that encapsulates film, books, and even the auditory medium with it’s Grammy nominated “Diane…” tapes. I won’t even get started on how good the musical score is in Twin Peaks.  It’s not a show you can just sit down and jump into during your leisure.  Frost and Lynch make it their job to not let many details get by them in the show. Seemingly irrelevant trivialities that are overlooked by the characters in the show and the audience come back into play later on, sometimes with major implications.

This show wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Kyle MacLachlan. From the very start, in the critically acclaimed pilot, MacLachlan sets the tone for the eccentric, loving, and superbly charming Dale Cooper. His incredible portrayal of the investigating FBI agent could have held this show up on its own but he is accompanied by an ensemble cast and a list of recurring guest that are just as well acted and well cast. The story of Twin Peaks is hard to exactly summarize without it sounding practically ridiculous but the plot has symbolism and overarching themes that prevail throughout with great effect. Subplots are very much essential and well written to the point where I couldn’t wait to see what was happening at the Diner with Ed and Norma.

Some may say that Twin Peaks  is a show that is being weird for the sake of being weird but I think they should try giving it another chance. Twin peaks is a show that really proves itself every episode.  The season two finale left many things open and questions unanswered but that is all soon to change due to its impending revival. The fact that the renewal date of the show directly relates to the finale shows great promise for the continuity of the series.

I propose at least trying out Twin Peaks. I’m sure you’ll be hooked from the pilot alone and every episode wonder what exactly did you get yourself into. But god damn you won’t be able to pull yourself away. Twin Peaks is a show which is discussed and interpreted fervently by its viewers and community and you need to check it out immediately. Two Cooper thumbs way up!

Gone Girl: Review

“Did you kill your wife?” This is the slogan for the movie and the most important question asked in this film, but all is not what it seems in this mysterious drama. Ignoring misogynistic claims from the community, which are actually  sort of legitimate, I’m going to just focus on whether this film is good or bad. Gone Girl is a thriller that absorbs you in its story. The adaptation from the best selling novel from Gillian Flynn, translates relatively nice onto the big screen.

Thanks to the great directing from David Fincher and the source material. Major plot devices and elements aren’t sprung on you at the last possible moment for shock purposes. Rosamund Pike’s performance as the alleged killer’s wife Amy will certainly be receiving some nods come awards time. Ben Affleck portrayed the alleged killer’s role with a level of charisma and skill that is really great to watch. His performance up to and including the trial is really a a strong and pleasant reminder of what we could possibly be receiving when he masks himself as the caped crusader.

Gone Girl is  considerably dark; a theme and mood that Fincher is becoming synonymous with. Fincher flourishes in this adaptation of this mysterious and gloomy story. He somehow manages to invoke sympathy from multiple angles in this story, a difficult task considering this particular narrative. There are limitations to what can be done with adaptations, such as these. I couldn’t really comment on the faithfulness of the film to the source material but I was left wanting more at the conclusion of the movie.  We are given a fantastic build up and a relatively anticlimactic ending. This I must reiterate has no impact or takes away from the overall film in any way.

I was left satisfied and was thoroughly engrossed throughout. Affleck is truly on a great streak right now. We can only hope that his involvement in the Batman film does not force him out of roles like this. This might be on the last films we see before we can only see him as the Bat. I highly recommend going out to the theater and seeing this or pick it up on Blu-ray!

Fish Tank(2009): Review

In an ocean of independent films about troubled teenagers, Fish Tank truly sets itself apart from the pack. This a movie that I fell in love with progressively as it went on. Fish tank is a film I’m going to shower with praise because I really just can’t any faults in it.The best word to describe certain aspects of the film Fish Tank is authentic.

I sat there watching certain parts of the film, simply admiring how grounded the world seemed. It felt like I was looking outside of a window in  East London and spectating the lives of these characters.Camera work is phenomenal in this film.  The imagery isn’t the usual pretentious indie affair. There’s actual meaning for what the audience is allowed to see. The way the cinematographer selected what he should focus on was genius and allows for some great symbolism.

The director did a great job with the pacing in Fish Tank. A lot of independent movies end abstractly and almost feel completely detached from the rest of film. Fish Tank starts, progresses, and ends in a satisfying manner. It’s helped even further with fantastic writing.  The characters in Fish Tank are extremely well done. The performance by Katie Jarvis as the character Mia was really gripping.The dialogue was very well thought out for all of the characters. The dialogue almost seemed to give off the vibe that it was improvised for some sections of Mia’s scenes. That statement isn’t a criticism though; it’s just a testament to how absorbed I was in the world that Andrea Arnold had directed and penned.

Fish Tank is a forceful  drama that mesmerizes you by doing everything right. It’s a moving  piece of British cinema that works because its characters are convincing. It boasts a fantastic supporting cast and a real winner with a break out performance and debut from Katie Jarvis. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more work from Andrea Arnold. I recommend this film if you like your heart strings being played on.

Transcendence: Review

Transcendence wanted so bad to prove to you that it wasn’t mediocre. It sports a great cast, great special effects, and  the premise of the story had so much potential that I almost had a semi reading the plot summary. Hollywood needs to learn that you can’t just throw money at a project and expect for the best.

The plot seemed like it was trying to do too much with too little time. A little more focus on the science behind what was happening on screen could have been beneficial. On the other hand, it also could have highlighted how ridiculous everything in this film actually was. We get a ton of run-of-the-mill performances from big name actors but the only real stand out is Paul Bettany. Maybe they should have thrown a couple more smooth talking English actors in the mix to give the illusion that the dialogue wasn’t uninspired.

Sentient artificial intelligence is a topic that I’m very attracted to. I am a great supporter of the Mass Effect series. This is a franchise that really shows how well a story about artificial intelligence can be done. In the universe of Mass Effect Artificial Intelligence is outlawed due to the dangers they present to organic beings.The basic premise of the plot in Transcendence is a bunch of religious nut jobs in an organization called R.I.F.T attack a scientist named William Castor. He is a man who is researching and developing a sentient machine. He is gravely injured and his grieving wife decides to take their research to the next stage by “uploading him”. The plot is a convoluted mess and the actions of the people on screen make little to no sense. In fact I think some characters roles in the film are so insignificant, I ponder why they even made it pass post production.

Wally Pfister who received well deserved attention for his cinematographic  work  on the movie Inception, made his directorial debut on the film. He did a  fair job but to be blunt I think this film needed him more in the cinematography aspect. Characters move around the screen in Transcendence like they don’t know what they are doing or where they are going. It just felt really sloppy and awkward at times to watch.

Transcendence is mostly horrible. Avoid it, unless you like blockbuster mediocrity.

Transformers: Age of Extinction| Review

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With the exit of Shia LaBeouf from the franchise, many people, including me, have mixed opinions about this recent addition to transformers. I suppose it helps that they cast Mark Wahlberg to try and fill in that gap of stardom. His role in the movie wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. There wasn’t much character development for most of the main characters of the film. This is what made the first transformers movie so good. I found it hard to feel any sympathy for the humans. Why should I? It felt like these characters were just pushed on the audience. The robots got more face-time than most of the actors. I wonder how much of this film was shot in a green room. It must have been exhausting for the actors.

When the actors did get face time it seemed like they were forcefully saying some cheesy pun or line that made me cringe. I remember one line in particular where the autobots were talking about Optimus Prime and one of the autobots says something along the line of “That’s a leader you follow in the dark” and another autobot replies dramatically “NO… That’s Optimus Prime”. Without thinking I say out loud “NO… that’s Gay”. My buddy and I had a good laugh. It was immature and insensitive but I didn’t care at that moment. It reminded me of that scene in Godzilla where Ken Watanabe dramatically says “ We call Heem GODZEELA”. It was that bad. The movie delivers on a lot of action and great fight scenes but ultimately falls in pacing and seems drawn out. It seemed like a big part of the movie was just watching cars speed down back roads and highways. This movie is definitely rental material for a quick thrill with little substance but if you want a little more than that, you’re better off passing this one up when it hits Blu-ray and dvd.

 

Locke: Review

Skepticism is the first feeling that rose in me upon deciding if I should watch the film Locke. A drama which follow the story of a construction worker in his car. The entirety of the film takes place in his car, with only the main character Ivan Locke ever getting any screen time. How in the world would this movie work? So many things could make this movie be a disappointment but in the end Stephen Knight did an admirable job directing this piece. What kept this movie interesting was the constant flow of dialogue and story.

You’re witnessing the movie as if it’s in real time. You aren’t bombarded with too much artsy overdone cinematography or wide shots. You’re literally being taken on a ride with Ivan. I really enjoyed Ivan’s character. Even though Tom Hardy’s character has done wrong by his wife and he has royally screwed up in his professional career, he goes over and beyond to make things right. The feelings of empathy I felt for his character actually surprised me. I know he did some things that would be very hard to be forgiven but I’d have to actually think about how I would feel if I was him. Tom Hardy really makes you want to forgive him. His actions can’t be undone but he hopes that he can redeem himself and prove to himself  and possible to his father that he  is a good man.

A pretty  good indication of acting quality can be derived from how well an actor can bring forth intense feelings without any other real actors/actresses to physically relate to. This was  a great job for  Tom Hardy and a great casting decision as well.  Just him,the camera, and raw emotion. Movies like this do wonders for actors. Of course he could do super fun and high paying jobs like being Bane in the Dark Knight but taking a role in a independent film like Locke is just as important. It’s much more challenging and rewarding. Locke actually exceeded my expectations. I found myself almost cheering for the cheating British lad and that says a lot. Or maybe it says nothing at all. Maybe I’m just brainwashed after all the film business is an industry dominated by male protaganist who can literally get away with anything. All I know is, it was really interesting to watch and I’d go as far as recommending it.

The Counselor: Review

From the writer who brought us The Road and No Country for Old Men, comes the tale of a naive lawyer who tries his hand in the dangerous but lucrative business of drug running. This is a film that had sparks of brilliance but ultimately failed due to having a  plot that doesn’t effectively translate to the big screen.

The screenplay is full of witty and intelligent dialogue. Sadly it was hard to suspend belief while watching because this attribute applied to almost  every character. Almost  every member of the cast was too smart for there own good, It was bit hard to follow the narrative when you are bombarded with long winded conversations. These extended scenes of dialogue paid off at times but on the other hand it just seems as if the characters were just going off on tangents. This really threw off the pacing of the film.

The focus on the characters of the story is trademark Ridley Scott. His direction in the film really allowed for the development of some interesting personalities. We are treated with some some impressive lighting and camera work. The dark scenes set in mexico offer a great visual and atmospheric contrast to what is happening under the surface.

The movie sports an impressive and ensemble Cast. Javier Bardem, is always an interesting guy to watch on screen. Bardem plays the role of Reiner; a drug dealer who invites the counselor in on some of the action.  He  brings a unique flare to the characters he portrays. He exudes an exotic essence of culture and his personality was one of the more memorable in the film. And he also manages to bring to the film what is becoming a signature attribute of his; his knack for having the wildest hair-dos. The most technically impressive acting which shouldn’t come as a surprise, was the performance from Michael Fassbender. He has an ability to portray some varied and powerful emotions.

Brad Pitt gives a good performance but I think he needs to work on a new accent because it seems like its been dragging on for a couple films now. One of  the biggest surprises for me though comes from the casting decision of Cameron Diaz as the antagonist. I have to give it to Diaz. She really portrayed the cold and calculating girlfriend of Reiner expertly. My blood was boiling just about every moment I saw her on the screen. She might be known for more lighter  roles but she definitely has more potential then being the usual pretty face in romcoms.

The Counselor is a clever and sexy drama but probably won’t provide enough thrills to keep the average movie-goers attention. The film has moments of suspense but it is overshadowed by some bad decisions in its pacing. With all the talent attached to this film Its surprising this film wasn’t better. The pieces just didn’t fall together. The dialogue occasionally felt like the characters were showing off. The story was convoluted and ended in a somewhat abrupt manner. The Counselor was saved by splashes of humor, violence, and some utterly superb writing for most of the dialogue. In the end, I’d say definitely pass on this one until the Blu-ray or digital release.

Score: 6/10