The Lone Wolf
"Licorice Pizza" caught me off guard by being so unexpectedly hilarious, fun, and—I must say—different from any of Paul Thomas Anderson's works. He's really the only one who can encapsulate this otherwise cheesy coming-of-age story into a wholly different level with the way his camera moves, his color pallette, his eclectic taste of songs, his staunch dialogues, and—most importantly—his characters. His stellar cast includes three actor-directors (Sean Penn, Bradley Cooper, and Benny Safdie), and their cameo appearances were unforgettable ('though…
Other than this one, I've only seen "Uncle Boonme" and "Cemetery of Splendor". All I can say is, when you come into Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films, you'll expect to enter a dream-like state but in the most realistic way. Obviously, you'll also enter the realm of slow cinema, where you might think that your screen freezed when in fact it's just the film image or the characters were intended to stay still for possibly minutes. Then, of course, you might get…
Watching EDGE OF TOMORROW is like you're playing an RTS game with unlimited lives. It's an expanded, war version of GROUNDHOG DAYS, except that some of the formulas do not work that well. The more you get into the movie, the more you find there's something wrong--and you can't stop to re-think what you've just had because this movie keeps you moving (or accelerating) forward. That's why it's exhausting; it wants everything to end fast, with all possible (but ineffective) ways it has. Which is bad, because the premise is nicely introduced and, well, everything's fine in the beginning.
Joko Anwar's skillful charm on technical aspects didn't help this film from being yet another average horror film. Many elements of the story seem deeply problematic--or, may I say, dumb--as if they're there just to hype up the horrors. It may end up being a fun, crowd-pleasing film, 'though, if you enter the theater just absent-mindedly.