Chris has written 6 reviews for films during 2013.

  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It is a casual and cold film preferring to photograph from a distance and observe the characters. More of a filmed magazine article in its remoteness and nonlinear editing patterns, which is part of what makes the movie compelling. Another Sofia Coppola movie where the central characters climax is handled without words. Devasting.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    It's strange, the way this film contains both what is really great about the Iron Man/Marvel films and what is great about Shane Black movies. If you've ever listened to Shane Black talk, he's hilariously self-conscious and tentatively confident. That is this movie. You will have to give yourself up to the movie if you're going to enjoy it...and I saw the movie with two people who weren't entirely sure they enjoyed it and struggled a bit during and after…

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale

    The cinematography in this movie is stunning. Some of the most classical, yet strangest compositions you'll see in a movie. There's tension in every frame.

    The explosions of violence are awkward and real. The net effect is this is one of the most humane and emotional depictions of violence you'll see.

  • Bully

    Bully

    You should watch this movie. It's a character study. It's a slice of these people's lives and the access and POV that Lee Hirsch found and the moments he was able to capture are sad and real and moving and infuriating.

    There are three people I fell in love with in this movie, Alex, Alex's mother and Tyler's father. Amazing characters. Amazing people.

    And there is one really great moment of true, real villainy that I won't spoil but when you see/hear it, you will not believe that it really happened.

  • 7 Men from Now

    7 Men from Now

    Can't remember what date I saw this movie, but this is my favorite Budd Boetticher movie, followed by Ride Lonesome and The Tall T.

  • The Master

    The Master

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Master. I saw it at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival. Then later I went to see it at the only screen in Sydney showing it in 70mm. The movie gets better the more I think about it. There are scenes, moments, ideas that wouldn't happen in any other film. Freddie on the beach with his girl. Freddie and taking the man's picture. The way Freddie stands. The blink scene. Freddie and Doris. Freddie and Doris' mother. Freddie's escape. The…