Although still a good time, I enjoyed this movie a lot more when I watched it in theaters with university friends 15 years ago. The real standouts here are Mila Kunis and Paul Rudd, the hotel receptionist and surfing instructor, whom broken-hearted Jason Segel crosses paths in Hawaii in an attempt to get over his horrid ex-girlfriend. Kunis and Rudd steal every scene they are in, at least for me, because they exude a charm and effortless comedic flair. The rest of the cast try a bit too hard for me.
When I watched this film more than a decade ago in theaters, I thought it was just all right: The first 30 minutes was excellent and the final 20 minutes was pretty strong. My problem was the middle section in which the titular child assassin, played splendidly by Saoirse Ronan, comes across a family on a road trip. I thought it was slow, boring, and pointless. I wanted savagery and well-crafted action sequences all the way through.
I no longer…
A deliberate sidestepping of overt action is the strategy director David Fincher employs in “Zodiac,” a true crime thriller surrounding the hunt for the Zodiac killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area from 1969 to 1971. Highly intelligent, meticulous, and efficient, at times the picture embodies the texture of a documentary in the way it dares to break away from the expected plot and dramatic parabola. What matters is information, how it is presented, and what conclusions, if any,…
Call Me by Your Name 2017
To tell a love story without the expected words, phrases, and gestures meant to communicate specific thoughts, feelings, and private longings is particularly challenging to pull off, awkward and off-putting when executed even with the slightest hint of self-consciousness, but Luca Guadagnino’s surprisingly disarming “Call Me by Your Name,” based on the novel by André Aciman, makes it look like most graceful dance, so natural, delicate, and free of chains that prevent so many coming-of-age pictures from reaching their maximum…