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Paranoid Park (2007)
Yet another brilliant take on humanity from the mind of Gus Van Sant. Stylistically this is in a similar vein to his other indie work, and bears the most resemblance to his most polarizing effort, Elephant. However, the big difference in Paranoid Park is that it isn't about the event that takes place, but what happens after the event and how life goes on. Also, I had absolutely zero problems with the non-actors, this isn't a massively fictionalized story, and the facts are that most kids in real life are the way the kids in this movie were. All in all, tremendous stuff.
The Red Shoes (1948)
I know I'm going to upset a lot of people, but I was not a fan of The Red Shoes. It's not a bad movie and I recognize the craftsmanship on display in its production, but I wasn't drawn in by the story, the ballet number didn't excite or entice me at all and Marius Goring was so uninspiring as the romantic lead that I could never get into that storyline. This one just wasn't for me I guess.
The Magic Box (1951)
Interesting biopic. It is very straight forward and formulaic, but I highly enjoyed the look at genius and how it isn't always appreciated. I also enjoyed the way this film dealt with Greene's methods and the terrific way it built up suspense for the first time he tried his movie camera. Surprisingly great film.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Fun film, Bruce Campbell is awesome and remains one of the most criminally underrated actors in the business. The gore was great, the atmosphere was excellent. It was a bit too lean on story and is by no means a deep film, but a very fun effort.
Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (1972)
Stupid WordPress almost lost my write-up for this movie, thank Odin I copied it right before trying to find out what was wrong. Either way, powerful film, and Klaus Kinski is absolutely mesmerizing in his portrayal of madness and the depths of human depravity. Tremendous tone and atmosphere, plenty to say about the world then, the world now, our interaction with nature, etc.. Just an all around great film, one of the best I've ever seen.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
This one was able to sneak up on me, because all I ever heard before watching it were bad reviews. Of course being a big fan of Kubrick I was skeptical as to how it could be so bad and it turns out I was correct to be skeptical. Like usual Tom Cruise is rock solid in his role and continues to be an actor who gets hated on for no reasons, he actually has talent people. Also like usual, Nicole Kidman was weak as all get out and the one glaring flaw in the film. But, great atmosphere and the usual Kubrick use of an outrageous topic to tackle the simple ideas of humanity.
The Man From Earth (2007)
Very good science fiction. This is more in line with written science fiction than it is with any sci-fi you will find on TV or in the movies. It's not about any external threat, it's not an action film, but it is a suspense film built around the idea of questioning everything around you. I didn't much care for the ending, it would have been better if the whole father/son thing had never been revealed, but still a great film.
With all the hoopla over Slumdog Millionaire, I would like to point peoples attention to this film. Not only is it an inspirational tale about following your dreams and being happy regardless of money or status, but it also works in the completely opposite way and unlike Slumdog is incredibly deep. That deepness stops Herzog's film from being a fable, it's an actual story, with fantastic visuals and great acting. Really great film.
Great little film, and very much the companion piece to Annie Hall. Marty tackles much the same issues as Annie Hall does, just in different ways and with different results. Marty is about overcoming your issues and finding love, and it is a really sweet film about the pressure put on you by your friends and family to find the love they want, not the love you want. Marty ends up a really sweet and touching story.
The Reader (2008)
Despite what most people think, this isn't about the Holocaust. A love story that's about how much love hurts and how devastating love can be to the parties involved. Tremendous acting from Winslet like usual, but David Kross came out of nowhere to deliver a performance that more than held up next to Winslet's. Plus, hey, Kate Winslet is nude and having lots of sex, you can't beat that.
4 Luni, 3 Saptamâni Si 2 Zile (2007)
Powerful film about a period of time for two women, but it's not about the issue of abortion in any way. The acting is great all around, the cinematography is great and the long takes establish a distinct feel right away. Really and all around great film that more people need to see.
Harold And Maude (1971)
Yes, there were moments that felt forced, the ending didn't really work like it should have and the movie feels empty for some reason. However, I loved the dark humor, the suicide attempts were hilarious and I enjoyed the overall tone of the film.
Short Circuit (1986)
This is another film where you need to ignore my rating, because Short Circuit may be atrocious in most ways but its also awesome and really fun to watch. Racial stereotyping never gets better than Fisher Stevens, Guttenberg is the Gut, and Johnny 5 is genuinely funny and quite the achievement from a technical standpoint to boot.
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