Tol’able David (1921)

Tol'able David Movie Review

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Tol’able David Movie Review

Tol’able David is a 1921 silent drama film directed by Henry King and starring Richard Barthelmess. It is at times strong, but ultimately not great film.

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I’m tol’able…

Just tol’able

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Tol'able David Review

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It is a tale about a boy who is sick and tired of being called a boy and wants to prove himself as a man and he eventually does do that through revenge. Now let’s first state the positives and then I am going to go through the negatives. First off, the first half. It is excellent and certainly the highlight of the film.

It was just a very cozy, atmospheric and moody film at those points and I almost felt that I visited the countryside during the twenties. That is how atmospheric and full of detail the film is. It felt almost poetic in its quality.

That is mostly due to the technical aspects which are superb across the board. Richard Barthelmess did a good job in the main role and the others are memorable as well. The direction is also solid. But it is the cinematography that is the highlight and some scenes are highly memorable both in action and in scenery.

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Tol'able David Movie Review

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However, the second half ruined all of that for me. That is when the movie suddenly went into overly dark crime territory that did not suite this film particularly well. It just wasn’t executed in the most interesting or dramatic manner and I lost my interest especially in that third act.

The overall story is admittedly good for its time, but is now rather typical and archetypal, especially in the main character’s goal. It has its western and crime elements, but both were underutilized and it remains strongest as a period drama. So I did like it and I did find it to be charming, but quite flawed and disappointing in the end.

Tol’able David is especially strong in its first half as quite a charming, detailed and atmospheric countryside drama with excellent cinematography and some very memorable scenes, but the second half employed a typical crime angle and to me it was much less interesting overall.

My Rating – 3.5

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Lolita (1962)

Lolita Movie Review

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Lolita Movie Review

Lolita is a 1962 drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring James Mason, Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers. It is another one of Kubrick’s phenomenal films.

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I want you to live with me and die with me and everything with me!

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Lolita Movie Review

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Now obviously this is based on a much more graphic and controversial novel and the film, owing to its severely censored time period of release, is much milder in approach. But because I dislike sensational and graphic approach, I ended up loving this movie. It is very subtle in its approach and it implies and alludes much more than it shows and that was great to witness and it made the movie much more sophisticated in my book plus it eased the watching experience.

The acting is fantastic across the board with only Shelley Winters being too over-the-top and theatrical in her performance. But Sue Lyon definitely gave a stupendous performance at such a young age and she was perfectly cast in the role.

But of course the highlights are Peter Sellers and James Mason. Peter Sellers plays multiple characters in a way and that is his usual shtick and he excelled at each role. He portrayed such a crazy, different kind of character and it fully worked. But James Mason is the standout here in the most difficult role. He portrayed obsession, madness and paranoia all so well in such a nuanced and very hard role. His performance here is certainly one of the better ones from the sixties as it is that great.

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Lolita Movie Review

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I loved Lolita for being a chamber drama. It basically only has four major characters in it and thus all are very well fleshed out and complex entities. Of course the relationship between Humbert and Lolita is the highlight and I appreciated how most was implied and not shown there.

The dialogue is certainly one of the major highlights when it comes to this picture. I do think that the film was a bit too long clocking in at two and a half hours and some scenes could have been reduced a bit, but the film is so involving and so fascinating in the banter between the characters and various crazy, sexual or even funny conversations that it flew by at least for me as a lover of talkative films. This is a great showcase once again of how marvelous Hollywood once was at creating smart, fast and sophisticated dialogue.

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Lolita Movie Review

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Lolita is also really well shot and some shots are marvelous to behold and so interesting in their execution, not to mention highly memorable. I adored its beginning and how that was also the ending. I personally love that structure the most and here the film benefits from making you believe that only Sellers is involved with Lolita and then you realize that it is the opposite until the ending pulls a rug underneath you and you realize that both were involved. I liked that twist and the third act was very memorable. The score is also quite good and of course Kubrick’s direction is marvelous and this is certainly one of his most underrated films.

Lolita is undoubtedly one of Kubrick’s most underappreciated works. It features stellar performances from Sue Lyon and Peter Sellers, but it is James Mason who is simply fantastic in a very difficult role as he portrayed madness, obsession and paranoia all so well. The film is a fascinating chamber drama that is very involving to watch despite being so long owing to superb characterization and truly terrific, sophisticated dialogue. The movie implies more than it shows and I loved that approach.

My Rating – 4.5

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Three Colors: White (1994)

Three Colors: White Movie Review

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

Three Colors: White is a 1994 French-Polish comedy drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski and starring Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpi. It is a weak sequel.

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What counts on bridge is memory. And mine is excellent

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

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It is about equality with the film depicting Karol Karol, a shy man who, after being left by his wife in humiliating circumstances in Paris, loses his money, his residency, and his friends. As a deeply ashamed beggar in Warsaw, Karol begins his effort to restore equality to his life through revenge.

The film may sound good on paper, but in the actual execution it is far from good. Whereas the previous film in the trilogy was very much a drama and a tragedy, this is more of a comedy even though the circumstances are not really comedic. It is a black comedy in its style.

And that did not work for me at all. Kieslowski just does not know how to do comedy and he should have done a straight drama instead as the humor here wasn’t great and the film is not funny, at least not to me. I also really did not like its crime elements introduced later on.

Karol Karol is a fine protagonist and I sympathized with him. Zbigniew Zamachowki definitely gave a very strong performance in the main role. Julie Delpi, on the other hand, is just not as memorable as she plays a basic bitch and nothing more than that.

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Three Colors: White Movie Review

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Three Colors: White is weakly directed by Kieslowski and ‘Three Colors: Blue’ was in my opinion a much better, more emotional and overall richer film. Here only the first act worked as it was quite moving in its couple of scenes and I rooted for the main character and felt sorry for him. The movie then lost all of its power when it tried to be funny and it went into an odd black comedy territory that just did not work for me. It isn’t a bad movie, but it is pretty weak overall.

Three Colors: White is much inferior to its predecessor. It is well acted and I liked the first act. But the rest was just not good. The film then went into odd black comedy territory and that just did not work for me as it wasn’t funny and it wasn’t interesting too. It’s a weak sequel.

My Rating – 3

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The Crowd (1928)

The Crowd Movie Review

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The Crowd Movie Review

The Crowd is a 1928 silent drama film directed by King Vidor and starring James Murray and Eleanor Boardman. It is a very strong, effective film.

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Look at that crowd! The poor boobs… all in the same rut!

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The Crowd Movie Review

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This is one of the better films out there that deal with the American Dream in particular. That concept is so well realized here as a man arrives to New York City to search for great life and job, but struggles to maintain it and realizes that he is just one piece of a much bigger puzzle – one man in a crowd of many other competent, successful men.

I thought that when it comes to harsh realities of living in a big city, The Crowd very much succeeds and it painted that harsh, but realistic picture so well. Certainly the film employs some melodrama in it per usual for the era, but it was mostly done minimally and the result is one of the better films from this period and one of the most emotionally resonant.

James Murray and Eleanor Boardman both did a really good job. I respected the director for not employing bigger name talent as this film is and should be about ordinary people and thus that casting choice paid off significantly. She is very good, but Murray is the highlight as he delivered such a strong, great performance and he is the heart and soul of this film.

I wasn’t that big of a fan of Bert Roach as Bert. I thought the actor did a good job, but the character wasn’t really necessary to the movie which is much better when it relies just on these two as their relationship is strong and tender and I loved it.

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The Crowd Movie Review

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Some of the highlights of course include that crowd sequence which was beautifully shot and unforgettable in its quality and of course that heartwarming ending which was a wonderful happy ending and a great way to portray the crowd in a lighter way too. Really well done. The film can also be pretty romantic at times.

The direction from King Vidor is outstanding and he directed this movie highly professionally and his role is certainly the most important one here. But the cinematography is the standout aspect as it is absolutely magnificent with many highly original camera angles and takes. It looks polished and timeless.

Masterfully directed by King Vidor, emotionally resonant and rich and relevant in its themes, The Crowd truly is a phenomenal cinematic achievement with many truthful quotes and observations, very strong performances, a heartwarming ending and a particularly effective, inventive and incredible cinematography. It remains a strong, resonant drama to this day.

My Rating – 4.5

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Ingrid Goes West (2017)

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Ingrid Goes West Movie Review

Ingrid Goes West is a 2017 indie dramedy film starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. It is one of the best indie flicks of the year.

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Talk about something cool, like food or clothes or Joan Didion!

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Ingrid Goes West Movie Review

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It follows socially awkward, mentally unstable Ingrid who would stop at nothing to impress an Intagram star and make friends with her. This is a perfect example of a strong dramedy with excellent drama as well as comedy elements.

Let’s first talk about the comedy. This is the type of cringe comedy that really works. It is cringy as hell and very awkward to watch, but also incredibly funny at times in all of its awkwardness. Following Ingrid constantly embarrassing herself is a painful and awkward, yet also hilarious experience. The highlights were the first and some of the second act when she tried to make friends with Taylor and at what lengths she would go to do that.

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Ingrid Goes West Movie Review

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But Ingrid Goes West is possibly even better as a drama. This film is very sophisticated and painfully truthful and observational in its story and especially characters. I have always loved films that ridicule humanity as a whole as I am mostly a misanthrope in my life. That is how I feel and thus this movie was perfect for me.

It showcases brilliantly and painfully how awful human beings can really be. It portrays the entire social network culture and its “stars” as shallow, boring and just awful people who just chase celebrities and fame and to have more fake friends. Its portrayal of Instagram is so realistic, but it also portrays people’s interactions in real life and those are just as fake and full of act.

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Ingrid Goes West Movie Review

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People are just acting to care about others, they are pretending that they enjoy other people’s company and they are constantly hiding their ugly truths and inventing lies to be more popular in the crowd. This is how most, not all, but a majority of people act and live and thus the film is very realistic and I loved it for that. And I related to it as that is how I personally feel about humanity. But still it isn’t too dark as its ending is at least somewhat sweet and hopeful and showing that sometimes people do show real empathy toward others. That was great too.

Ingrid is a great character. She is truly mentally disabled but I never hated her and I even sympathized with her and felt sorry for her which is a testament to excellent character development and a truly strong performance from Aubrey Plaza who surprised me here a lot how good she was. Elizabeth Olsen is also great as Taylor who is a highly realistic shallow celebrity. Dan Pinto is actually the most likable person of the bunch here, probably the only likable and he was needed to help us go through the movie filled with all these awful people. Ezra was typical and Nicky as well but both served their purpose successfully.

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Ingrid Goes West Movie Review

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Ingrid Goes West did not need that crime element with Nicky, it was totally unnecessary and the movie went too far with it. But other than that, I loved it. The pacing is great and the film flows so well and flies by how incredibly entertaining it is. The dialogue is superb and quite grounded in reality and the film portrays obsession in a really uncomfortable, but powerful manner. It goes through a variety of emotions and leaves you amused, ashamed and even disturbed.

Ingrid Goes West is an amazing indie dramedy which goes through a variety of emotional states leaving me amused at first then ashamed and then even disturbed. It is an excellent cringe comedy which is frequently hilarious in its very uncomfortable, awkward social interactions, but it is also phenomenal as a drama with many excellent and truthful observations about humanity. Instagram “stars” here are portrayed as shallow, boring attention seekers and not only in social media, but also in real life people are constantly acting, pretending and lying around other people and the film portrayed that painfully, but accurately. This is basically how I feel about most people so I related with it tremendously.

My Rating – 4.5

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Solaris (2002)

Solaris Movie Review

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Solaris Movie Review

Solaris is a 2002 science fiction drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney. It is such a competent, stupendous remake.

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I could tell you what’s happening, but I don’t know

if it would really tell you what’s happening

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Solaris Movie Review

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Certainly the original Soviet classic is much better and a science fiction classic in its own right. But this one is surprisingly good, especially when watched on its own. I also really admired that it is very much its own thing and not a straight remake.

I am talking about the storytelling and the approach here which is very different than the one in the previous film. Tarkovsky’s approach was much more artistic, longer, slower and more ambiguous and ambitious, but this one is much simpler which is done for better and for worse.

I disliked that it ran through the first act so quickly, but I still liked that it got to the point and it stayed on that trajectory longer and in a stronger way. That means that as a drama and as a romance it might be even better than the original as it centers on these two people and their relationship and the results are more moving in terms of emotional investment.

George Clooney gave such a good performance and I do not know who Natasha McElhone is but she admittedly did a pretty good job in her charismatic role. The relationship between the two is great as the actors share solid chemistry and the dialogue is particularly strong and playful. The romantic elements were surprisingly strong here. I also have to praise Viola Davis who is excellent here per usual and it was great seeing her so early in her career and she was awesome even then.

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Solaris Movie Review

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Steven Soderbergh directed the movie pretty well though not as greatly as he should have done. The pacing is solid and the film is slow, but rarely boring and it is quite engaging in its romance and dialogue. The characterization and script are pretty good as is the score and special effects. I just wish that the ending was stronger and the science fiction elements too as they were underutilized this time around.

Solaris is a surprisingly strong remake and a good movie in its own right. Certainly it is inferior to the original as the ending and the science fiction elements are not as good, but the performances are strong across the board, the dramatic and romantic elements in the story really worked and the film is simpler in runtime and approach which worked in its favor as it distinguished it from the original quite well.

My Rating – 4

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The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories Movie Review

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The Meyerowitz Stories Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories is a 2017 indie drama film directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman. It is such a good film from a great director.

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I should be the one who’s angry at him

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The Meyerowitz Stories Movie Review

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It follows a group of adult siblings who try to live their lives in the shadow of their problematic father. The film is about troubled parenthood and how fathers can impact the lives of their children in a very bad way. The children here are obsessed with what he thinks and because he is so self-centered, he never really provided enough warmth to them.

So the film really is thematically interesting and relatable as a lot of people have either parenthood issues or issues with their parents. This is one of those tightly knit, ensemble, indie dramas that focus on just one family and just a couple of family members and their personal issues and troublesome interactions and I love those kinds of films and this is no different.

The only problem I’ve had with it as that the first act is much less engaging or interesting than the rest of the film. It just did not start well at all and it took me a while to learn about its characters enough to care. I also wished that the film focused more on Maureen and Jean as they were much more interesting and important to the film’s story than Eliza was.

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The Meyerowitz Stories Movie Review

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I liked Eliza quite a bit, but she just was overwhelmingly present here. Maureen is totally underdeveloped and Jean should have used more screen time as her trouble of feeling that she is left out of the family is a powerful and important subject that needed to be addressed more.

Of course the father is so unlikable which is great as there are fathers like him in the world. The film’s standout aspect is the relationship between Matthew and Danny in particular. Their relationship with their father is great, but the brotherly bond and troublesome interactions were the more important things here.

They portrayed the strayed relationship between adult brothers really well and I loved their every scene together, especially in the third act. Their fight was one of the highlights for sure. I also really liked the acting in the film. The film features such a strong cast, but the best are these two. Dustin Hoffman was quite good, but Ben Stiller is stupendous here and of course Adam Sandler gave such a good performance which was unexpected of him. He proved that he is a good actor after all. Both surprised me a lot to be honest.

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The Meyerowitz Stories Movie Review

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The Meyerowitz Stories isn’t one of Noah Baumbach’s best films, but it is one of his better ones. I love his direction and here he did not do anything knew, but he relied on what he does best – a family drama, and made another strong directorial effort. The film is also well paced, mostly very involving to watch and it features superb dialogue and character interactions.

The Meyerowitz Stories sometimes lacks focus and the first act is not as good as the rest of the film is. However, this is another very strong Noah Baumbach indie drama with a particularly strong cast of whom Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller stood out the most by giving stupendous performances. The dialogue is great, the character development and interactions are phenomenal and the film is such a strong, competent family drama which is very involving and also quite emotional.

My Rating – 4

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Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

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Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

Beatriz at Dinner is a 2017 indie drama film directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow. It is one of the best indies of the year.

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All tears flow from the same source

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Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

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I love movies that are self-contained in time and place and that are simplistic, but deep in themes. Beatriz at Dinner is that movie. We follow a Mexican woman who winds up at a dinner organized by her boss. There she gets into an argument with a cold businessman and is just so different from each person there.

I thoroughly empathized with her and she is such a relatable person to me and a wonderful soul. Certainly I am not as great of a person a she is, but I also have trouble accepting the death of animals which most do easily. I am also a highly emotional person and I do think that most people in this world are cold, selfish and just bad human beings and thus her troubles felt all the more real for me.

The movie showcases brutally how a great, emotional person cannot really live in this world and cannot cope with so much pain and sadness surrounding them. And in that manner it is one of the most brutally dark and unfortunately realistic films that I have ever seen. For some it may be too pessimistic, especially that dark ending, but to me this is real as I feel like her too and the ending was deep to me and very satisfactory.

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Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

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The only problem Beatriz at Dinner has is that it is just way too heavy-handed at times and overly simplistic and black-and-white in the portrayal of Beatriz and especially Doug. Beatriz at least has her dark urge near the end, but Doug is overly villainous which was a problem.

But I still really liked these characters. I liked all of the others as they had minor roles, but they did make an impact and were all very realistic. Its cringe comedy elements fully worked and the awkward dinner felt painful but necessary to sit through. This is how people talk and especially rich people. I found the movie’s willingness to attack businessmen, small talk and Americans highly refreshing. Loved it.

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Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

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The actors and actresses all did a great job, but of course the highlights are John Lithgow and Salma Hayek. He proved how great of an actor he is and how brutally underrated too. He is an indie darling and here he portrayed one of his darkest characters. His subtle facial expressions, especially of smugness and disbelief, were amazingly grounded in reality and just phenomenal.

But Salma Hayek is even better. Here she gave one of the year’s very best female performances in such an amazing, career defining role. Her facial expressions also drive her performance as anger, shyness and especially pain are very much felt in her every scene. Amazing work that should be honored.

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Beatriz at Dinner Movie Review

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Beatriz at Dinner is the definition of a phenomenal indie drama. The themes are rich, the film is deep how smart and especially emotional it is. Sometimes the pain is overwhelming and the ending is definitely heartfelt. The dialogue is mostly fantastic and only the film’s sometimes bombastic instead of subtle approach felt subpar. And of course I loved the score and especially editing as the film is deftly, brilliantly edited and structured into a coherent, tight whole. It is a seventy minute long movie and it did not need any more minutes. It is perfect this way and it is a shame that most filmmakers do not realize this.

Beatriz at Dinner is an amazing indie drama. Sometimes the themes are heavy-handed, but for the most part the dialogue is clever, the film is deep in themes and especially in emotion as it is heartfelt and overwhelming to witness. John Lithgow is absolutely phenomenal as he always is and Salma Hayek gave one of the year’s finest performances in a tour de force performance. This movie is tightly edited, darkly humorous, brutally realistic and very relatable to me personally leading to one of the best films of 2017.

My Rating – 4.5

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Three Colors: Blue (1993)

Three Colors: Blue Movie Review

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Three Colors: Blue Movie Review

Three Colors: Blue is a 1993 Polish-French drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski and starring Juliette Binoche. It is a solid, but boring film.

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Now I have only one thing left to do: nothing.

I don’t want any belongings, any memories.

No friends, no love. Those are all traps

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Three Colors: Blue Movie Review

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It is about a woman who loses her husband and child in a car accident and tries to live a normal life afterwards. She tries to get rid of all their things and forget but the past still haunts her and her husband’s past ties catch up with her and she has to deal with them.

The plot itself is quite good and the film is thematically very solid. It deals with grief in a very solid and realistic manner and it portrays a broken woman in a very honest way. However, it isn’t as deep as it thinks it is and it doesn’t have anything deeper and new to say about grief and loss and it just sort of presents its story without diving deeper into it.

I found Juliette Binoche’s performance to be superb here and it truly is one of her career best works. She had to play a devastated woman and she did bring it emotionally. She gave a magnetic performance in her movie as this entire story relies basically only on her as we got to see a couple of more minor characters and that’s it.

Three Colors: Blue definitely is a slow movie. But it is not a slow-burn in a positive sense. It is mostly a very boring, tedious experience that is slowly paced for the sake of it and mostly pretentious and not truly artistic.

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Three Colors: Blue Movie Review

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I found the direction solid and the cinematography is excellent. Some choices are great such as the use of the color blue (liberty) as well as that interesting editing technique with interesting cuts that – when over – bring you to the exact same scene. The film is definitely very well crafted overall technically and it is powerful in its emotion at times, but it is too depressing, too slow and ultimately an overrated movie that gets too much credit. I do hope that the rest of the trilogy is more interesting.

Three Colors: Blue is a very boring and depressing movie that is solid but far from great. The film is technically accomplished with excellent cinematography, editing and direction and the performance from Juliette Binoche is terrific. It also has its emotional scenes. But it is way too slow and tedious and it doesn’t delve deep enough into its themes.

My Rating – 3.5

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Of Mice and Men (1992)

Of Mice and Men Movie Review

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Of Mice and Men Movie Review

Of Mice and Men is a 1992 drama film directed by and starring Gary Sinise with John Malkovich being the other actor. It is such a stupendous adaptation.

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A guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella

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Of Mice and Men Movie Review

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I am a big fan of the Steinbeck novella and I have to say that I wasn’t too thrilled with the 1939 movie adaptation which was good, but flawed. This one, however, is the definite cinematic version of the novella, at least of what we got so far and I did not expect that as this movie isn’t particularly well known which is a shame.

Let’s talk about the plot. It is very faithful to the source material and it actually doesn’t take any chances with it meaning that it is pretty traditional and old-fashioned in its approach which I naturally loved. I loved that the beginning was more extended and that we actually got to see how they ended up in that forest and I actually preferred the ending here than in the book because it is much more natural and realistic, at least in terms of George’s character. And it is very moving. All of the other plot points are basically the same as they were in the novella.

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Of Mice and Men Movie Review

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The characters are excellent. I loved George and Lennie here and they were so well portrayed and their friendship was definitely felt. Highly moving stuff and thus the ending was all the more powerful and just beyond heartbreaking. I really liked Slim as the only good man out of the ranch guys and Candy and Curly were both very well realized. The same can be said for Carlson and Crooks, but Curly’s wife is as weak of a female character as in the source material.

The acting is powerful in this Of Mice and Men. I have to say that I am not a fan of John Malkovich at all, but he was definitely good here and most of his choices paid off as this is how you basically portray a special needs person. All of the other actors also did a very good job, but in my opinion the highlight is Gary Sinise who is absolutely terrific as George, highly believable and he conveyed emotion beautifully.

My major problem with this movie is that somehow it did not feel cinematic enough, at least it did not feel that way for me personally. Certainly better done, much better, than in the previous version, but still I would have liked a more epic, sprawling approach.

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Of Mice and Men Movie Review

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But otherwise this is technically such a polished feature and we got here superb cinematography. Some of the imagery such as the forest and the fields was fantastic and the film really transports you to the 1930s time period thanks to terrific attention to detail and some gorgeous shots. I liked the dialogue and although the film was never as clever as the source material, at least these actors talked like real people from the thirties which I appreciated strongly. The score wasn’t that great and some choices were odd, but I loved how the film looked and how it stayed away from any modern or more violent approach. Gary Sinise did an amazing job in the directorial chair and as an actor and he propelled the film to great heights for sure.

The 1992 cinematic adaptation of Of Mice and Men is much better than the 1939 version thanks to a more faithful approach, excellent cinematography and such a great, different ending which I actually preferred over the novella one. Certainly it isn’t too sophisticated or cinematic, but Gary Sinise propelled this film to great heights as his performance in both acting and directorial chair is respectable and the film is pleasantly traditional in its approach.

My Rating – 4.5

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