Outstanding. What a treat of a film. Rarely I've seen a B horror film with such self-awareness as this one, tonally flawless and perfectly balanced. None of the camp, deadpan humor, masterful practical effects, or deranged unfold of events outweigh each other, and not one second or scene is wasted, just balls to the wall parity between horror and comedy. All of this is even more impressive considering that it's a friggin debut film that we are talking about, and…
"Where is it that we were together? Who were you that I lived with? The brother. The friend. Darkness, light. Strife and love. Are they the workings of one mind? The features of the same face? Oh, my soul. Let me be in you now. Look out through my eyes. Look out at the things you made. All things shining."
My first Malick watch is quite a trance-inducing experience and a beautifully rhythmical, meticulous, and expressive cinematic, almost oneiric piece…
Harmonious yet cold as ice, "Little Odessa" is built through melancholy, kinship, and violence, violence that comes from every place, at any time, and against anyone and everyone. Once in contact with it, the vicious circle starts with a point of no return, leaving adversity and many casualties behind.
With a sense of control and a portrayal of violence like no other gangster flick, "Little Odessa" is a triumph among crime character studies, a superb debut from the great James Gray, and a masterclass of nuanced characterization from Tim Roth.
"AFI 100 Years 100 Movies" completion - #41/100
A gripping American classic that illustrates the ramifications of the great depression, with focus on the Joad family and their journey through economic hardship, longing for hope, and the deceptive nature of the American dream.
"The Grapes of Wrath" is not your usual film drenched in Hollywood flare, but a film with a loose plot, a period based film expertly crafted by American maestro and long shot pioneer, John Ford, and captured…
Jerrod Carmichael skilfully conducts the tonal ticking bomb of his directorial debut "On the Count of Three", a dynamic buddy dramedy that involves indie god Christopher Abbott and Carmichael himself, both as suicidal beings full of despair, Carmichael as the mild and more rational side of the coin and Abbott as the erratic and volatile other half.
The film triumphs because it manages to find effective and grounded pitch-black humor in the complex and gloomy topics it tackles, achieving great…
"The Secret Life of Words" is an emotionally fuelled film in which (like the title suggests) the weight of the past unfolds through language, and a burden sheltered in a secret anchors the cleansing of unhealed wounds and development of bonds. Also, a film that brilliantly shows honest judgment, restraint, and understanding of human emotions and gathers strength not only from what mentioned earlier but from meditation, the implicit, the multicultural and understated cast, and Coixet's heartfelt script.