I went with a buddy to see Prisoner last night. It's the first thing I've seen at the theatre since I hurt my leg, and I love the movies. Frankly it wasn't as highly regarded as the movies I usually see. It's at like 78 on RT. But he and I both are into true crime, so it's in our wheelhouse.
First, the Saturday Night movie experience isn't really my thing. I'm more of a matinee guy. It was packed. And in certain cases, like comedy, or in a suspense like this, I find the ambient buzz of a crowd to be a benefit. However I got stuck in front of two horrible people who spent the movie reassuring each other what they'd figured out.
Anyway. I found it pretty enjoyable. Paul Dano was great as the creepy weirdo. And there is a second creepy weirdo who's also great. Wolverine is superbly intense. And a crushed Maria Bello I felt was underplayed in what I read after the fact. Gyllenhaal I'm up in the air about. They intentionally leave a lot of background about him out, which I wasn't crazy about, yet he totally owns a few scenes. His character is a little like his Zodiac Robert Graysmith in the way he unravels with obsession, but much more intense.
Stylistically I thought it was excellent. Gray and dreary late fall Pennsylvania. Some really nicely syllouetted shots. It has an eerie tone, and is quite scary, even though it's not scary, if that makes sense.
There were a few logistical issues I had. I won't get into them, so as not to spoil the plot, but they took me out of a spot or two. Generally, it's a well written plot with a couple nice twists.
The director does make one styllistic choice a few times, once being right at the end, that the audience I was in did not like. But I was fine with it. I noticed it early on, thought it was interesting, and while it's not how I'dve ended, I was cool with it. Again I won't get into it for spoiler reasons. But if anyone else sees it, I'm open to discussion.
I'd give it a mid 80s. Could've been really good if they tightened up a couple plot flaws and blew out Gylenhaal's detective Loki. But it was already 2+ hours.
Definitely worth checking out, particularly for a soft late summer.
rom com about time travel is the tag line for it. it had a weird pace. there wasnt really any central plot, like one thing running through the whole movie. it was almost like a biopic, just telling a very factual story. the last 30 mins were pretty great though, a little sappy, but i really liked it.
I usually only write about stuff that I see in the theatres, but I watched Safety Not Guaranteed the other night on Netflix and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's obviously quircky, and not for everyone, but for that type of what was really a romantic comedy, I thought it was excellent.
I'm not a huge fan of the Mark Duplass as an actor. But I know he writes and produces and directs and all sorts of other stuff, and he is consistently involved in interesting stuff, even if I don't care for him on screen all the time. I'm all in on Aubrey Plaza. And I like that they let the traditional storyline, with the guy chasing the old flame, not work, and let it lie there like that. Personally, I enjoyed the ending as well, which I'm sure bothered a lot of people. It's not groundbreaking or anything, but I'd give it a mid to high 70s, and recommend to anyone who enjoys a little surrealism mixed in with their romantic comedy.
Some of the absolute best camera work I've ever seen. The visuals are stunning. I'd love to see a behind the scenes making of documentary of this. Just some of the things they were able to pull off, I've never seen in film before. I think this will win a ton of gold statues, especially on the technical/effects side. This is definitely something you watch on a big screen in 3-D. I kind of want to see it again in IMAX.
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Got incredible reviews on RT so I checked it out. Two hours of the most unimaginative, plodding, shallow, distant account of a ship's crew being held hostage and a guy negotiating for their release. This is literally how the movie goes:
1) Ship commandeered.
2) Terrorists want 15 mill, company offers 250,000.
3) Terrorists go down to 12 mill, company offers 900,000.
4) Company CEO consoles families in the most disconnected, unemotional way possible.
5) Terrorists want 9 mill, company offers 2.8.
6) Terrorists accept 3.3 and leave ship.
7) End of movie.
Keep in mind the entire negotiation process is cordial and professional, and every single negotiation is a guy in a boardroom talking into a phone with a guy on the ship. Totally flat, unsympathetic characters, zero plot to speak of (seriously this was probably written in 15 minutes)...just hot garbage. I can't say enough bad things about this movie, it didn't have a single redeeming quality. I kept watching assuming one of the top-reviewed movies in 2013 MUST have a payoff, but the only possibly "payoff" you could describe is brought on by a character's inexplicable idiocy and callousness totally in contrast with what they'd tried to develop the previous 1.5 hours. Do not watch, avoid at all costs, this was terrible.
I saw three movies this weekend that I wanted to talk about.
First is Room 237, which is a doc about Kubrick's The Shining, that I wanted to see when it came out, but never got around to. I was reminded of it after reading an article about Steven King on Grantland.
What a nice find over Chinese food on a lazy Friday Night with early morning work looming Saturday. It's basically a jumbled editing of five seperate conversations with various people who have some wild theories on the film's subtext.
The content varies from mind blowingly insightful, to comically insane, to sadly hoping these people are getting professional help, often within the same sentence.
If you're into these types of film subtext sort of discussions, you have to see this movie. It's like you're passing a bong around with a bunch of film study majors in a dorm somewhere.
I really enjoyed some of the theries. The Indian Holocust symbolism was a good one. The moon landing stuff was cool. The lady who made the hotel maps was entertaining. There are also moments that make no sense whatsoever. There's a guy who makes all these imagery claims, who say's Kubrick's face appears in the the clouds in the credits. The film makers go through it frame by frame while he explains it. Only for the filmmakers to leave the image up showing almost nothing. My only regret is that I wasn't chilling stoned with my buddy who's totally into these sort of things. A fn watch that I'd give a low 80s to, but if you're into that type of thing, you'll love.