Wednesday, May 26, 2010
4 out of 5. What's great about Alejandro González Iñárritu 21 GRAMS is that the rewiring of time was a great way to challenge our perception. Many films after this messed with the concept and many of them came off cheap and gimmicky. He wasn't the first but still it reminded us that editing is also the art of storytelling and that once you've done the artistry of writing and directing a story...that a story can be conceived at a whole other level. Would loved to have scene the shooting script for this.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
3 out 5. ROAD TO PERDITION by Sam Mendes might be a movie you missed the first time around, but it's a real gem. What I liked about it was it's dark quality. For a color film to be a traditional noir that's tough to achieve, but I think it's pulled of well. Secondly the story by Max Allan Collins, based off his graphic novel series of the same name, is very well-grounded and doesn't have that inflated Hollywood-feel. Nothing is over-dramatized and what's there is pretty raw. If you like movies like Unforgiven or Miller's Crossing, this would suit your taste.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
3 out of 5. Alan Parker's THE COMMITMENTS comes to mind as one of the more solid music-based films. I loved the Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba when I was younger and this I think is the best combination of filmmaking and undiscovered musical talent. The energy and dynamics of this large cast is infectious. Maybe I'm a sucker for these types of films since I really can't stand musicals. But you could do worse with a 118 minutes.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
4 out of 5. While I"m at it Alejandro González Iñárritu's AMORES PERROS is worth mentioning as yet another film where he uses connectivity of circumstances to retool our perception of story. The acting is terrific in this and Gael García Bernal really stood out for me. At times it was quite hard to watch but as a whole I think it's visceral quality drew you into the characters state of mind, raising the stakes both internally and externally.