REVIEW: I recently saw Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs,' and I loved it. Here are my thoughts.
WHAT I LIKED: Another charming and quirky film from Wes Anderson, on the one hand 'Isle of Dogs,' is nothing we wouldn't have expected from this director, but on the other hand the stop-motion animation and the film's heady themes work to make it a truly stand-out and very engaging theatre experience. Yes for a start the world-building here is absolutely sublime as Anderson painstakingly builds an all-consuming atmosphere where the scale of animation allows him to build a surrounding work of art that's as quirky and detail-obsessed as he is. Layered on top of that is the exploration of some ideas around immigration, belonging and self which gives the film real impact, but what's so great about that is that's it's all done through the eyes of a wonderful character story where dogs represent the oppressed and outcast in an amusing turn of events that also unlocks lots of opportunities for some hilariously classy canine commentary. These characters are properly wonderful too, and their physical animation adds to their tangibility and charm, and all in all this makes for an engaging, charming and genuinely meaningful film that really sticks with you for days on end.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The ending is far too dragged out, and the race politics have equally been a point of contention for many. It could be interpreted as flipping the roles for a western audience to imagine them as the ones cast out, or it could more cynically be seen as another example of where the westerners have to be the heroes and the others are the villains. In fact, I think it's neither of those things, and Anderson just wanted to build a world influenced by the beautiful intricacies of Japanese culture, but in doing so he has certainly fallen victim to heavy and insensitive stereotyping.
VERDICT: A quirky, charming and beautifully-realised stop-motion animation, 'Isle of Dogs,' is also a film with a lot to say, even if it accidentally undermines itself in some ways.
What did you think of 'Isle of Dogs,'? Let me know below.
Call Me By Your Name (2017) directed by Luca Guadagnino
Much like the lightning bugs of humid summer nights, this film shines brightly and intensely as it tells the coming of age tale that you will remember for years to come.
Inspired by @prime_films here are 4 movies that I believe define me - well, I wouldn't really say they define me, but in some way they make me feel a weird déjà vu/heebie-jeebies type of thing. If that makes since.
1. Lars And The Real Girl
2. Edward ScissorHands
I'm pretty sure we all know what the metaphor in this film is, so I think this one is pretty obvious.
3. The Florida Project
Yes I have lovable and caring parents, and yes I've lived happily under a roof with food on the table since always. Yet, Moonee's stupid innocence along with her experience with the law is painfully too relatable for me. Again, please don't ask.
4. Donnie Darko
If you exclude it's insanely complicated plot, Much of Donnie's previous experiences were oddly reminiscent.
5. Taxi Driver
I rather not give it this one much thought honestly. Also that's 5 not 4, whoops who cares.
So... I suppose you could say I'm a pretty average guy...
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It's been a while since I posted anything on Stranger Things, and that's because season 2 left a weird taste in my mouth. Maybe I need a re-watch, though I thought I'll get to that any time soon.
Born on this day, 125 years ago, remembering one of the Hollywood first stars and a legend of silent movies, Harold Lloyd. //Nascut avui fa 125 anys, recordant una de les primeres estrelles de Hollywood i una llegenda del cinema mut, Harold Lloyd.
Cinema Watch: Evening movie with @rauul13 :
- Rampage ferociously ravages the senses and brings our worst fears of biological weaponry to life. Sounds dark and savage, right? Surprisingly, one of the unexpected elements to this blockbuster is just how gritty and ruinous the narrative's tone is. And you know what? I flipping loved it! Damn, was not expecting to enjoy this and yet there I was walking out with a reinvigorated attitude. Hell yeah! A primatologist teams up with an enraged-infected albino gorilla, whose size has considerably increased, to prevent two other colossal creatures from destroying Chicago. Genetic editing, weaponised pathogens, artificial aggression...it's absurdly ludicrous. I mean just plain stupid. Fortunately, the film knows this and it wants you to know that it knows this. So, it turns up the game adaptation's fun to "button mashing" mode and ensures you enjoy the combinations. What really surprised me was the perfect balance of comedy and darkness. The opening sequence resembled a harrowing horror film, and the usage of gore throughout was ever present. The tone was consistently forboding. Inject this with a light hearted screenplay and a rounded piece of entertainment is crafted. Yes, the plot is unoriginal and I'm sure many will think "isn't this Transformers?" and yes, the primary antagonist reveals the plot as she acts out her evil scheme. The little human character development is forced, although needed where Harris and Johnson emit excellent chemistry. It's all very heavy handed, yet it's just so undeniably entertaining! I was reclining back into my seat as this giant skyscraper slowly crumbles and decimates the urban community below. The visually stunning designed creatures as they rip through military vehicles like a kid playing on an Atari 2600 (not a pretty sight...). Dwayne Johnson being Dwayne Johnson. Pure destructive awesomeness that has both heart and emotive presence. Especially the third act which was ridiculously engaging. Oh, and Peyton even threw in some long takes during the action sequences! Bonus points. Suffice to say, I needed a blockbuster like this. One of the surprises of the year for me.
Rampage = 7/10
[Movie Review] Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014) #KataKinema
The sequel to the 2012’s Rurouni Kenshin movie tells the continuation of Himura Kenshin’s (Takeru Satoh) new life after he finally settled with Kaoru (Emi Takei) and his other new friends. But, the government needs his help to confront a newly rising threat in the name of Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), a former assassin like Kenshin whose in the mission of vengeance after being left for dead in a mission. This second installment of the trilogy manages to keep the quality by providing us with strong fight scenes (with even better choreography and cameraworks). Story plot took a darker turn compared to the first one and we got to explore more characters in this film. Tatsuya Fujiwara looks awesome and suitable as the main antagonist.
But, because of more new characters were introduced in this film, some of them didn’t get a proper screen time to actually make us the viewers care for them. For example, Aoshi character whom I thought going to play a significant part in this film only had several minutes of scenes and some of them didn’t even give any impact to story development at all. Despite of that, if you like the first film, I’m sure you’re going to like this one too. It serves its role as the bridge from the first film to the trilogy finale pretty well.
3.5 out of 5
So, what do you guys think? Are you a fan of Samurai X? :D
Happy watching and we’ll see you at the movies!
Japan | History, Drama, Action | TV-MA | Directed by: Keishi Otomo | Written by: Nobuhiro Watsuki, Kiyomi Fujii, Keishi Otomo | Cast: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yusuke Iseya, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki, Yosuke Eguchi | Runtime: 138 minutes.
You can watch it on Vudu or Amazon.
Now watching: Killer of Sheep.
No one told me how frigging weird this movie is. Getting some serious Gummo vibes rn.
Anyone else seen this? What did y'all think?
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Day 55, Movie 79: Unearthed and Untold - The Path to Pet Sematary
Edit: I was contemplating taking down this post, because I really hate the lighting in the photo, but I think I will leave it.
The photos for my next few movies look much better. Get away from summer and cut off all your limbs. Now, back to the original post.
I love horror documentaries. Leviathan, More Brains, Crystal Lake Memories, Never Sleep Again, The Saw is Family and You’re So Cool, Brewster are all personal favorites of mine. I have yet to watch Just Desserts, but have heard good things.
Anyway, Unearthed and Untold is one of those and is pretty successful, for the most part. I think most of what doesn’t work can be chalked up to the subject matter. The making of Pet Sematary is not terribly interesting to me. This is the documentary: Stephen King wrote a book, he adapted it into a screenplay, Mary Lambert made said screenplay into a movie, everyone got along and the movie was financially successful. That’s it. It is much more engaging than the above makes it sound, but there is no tension.
The only real “tension” is in the opening crawl. It details how the script was bought by Paramount.
If you have always wanted to know how Pet Semetary was made, then this does a really good job of that. Just don’t expect it to light your world on fire.
I think that it is streaming on Shudder; so, check it out there, or get the Synapse bluray release. The one that I have is a HorrorPack exclusive version, but I am sure that all versions are the same.
Kill the sex player.