Sunday, December 23, 2012
3 out of 5. ARMADILLO by Janus Metz Pedersen is a beautifully crafted documentary almost to a fault. It follows the lives of a group Danish soldiers to Afghanistan. Much in the same vein as RESTREPO it balances the intensity of firefight with the sheer boredom of nothing in between. Why this one stands out is because it is so well shot and edited with post-coloring effects that you sometimes forget it's real. It's still no less moving and worth a look.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
4 out of 5. David Michôd's ANIMAL KINGDOM was beautiful surprise of cinema when I first saw it. The clarity and depth of his characters was alarming. What I didn't realize, was like SLING BLADE this was shot once before, but from a different POV with many of the same cast. It was a short film, a practice run if you will, that made this film feel so polished. If you like crime and want a taste of something a little different check it out.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
4 out of 5. Director Benh Zeitlin found the right alchemy with people and place in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. As far as indie films go, which I do not watch many, this has opened my eyes to some fantastic possibilities. Perhaps it was his short film GLORY AT SEA that got me excited to see his feature. It's smart storytelling with an intensely successful DIY approach to just about everything. I say this because they get a lot of mileage out of so little. The Art Direction of this film is as textured and prevalent as the acting. Easily one of the best films I saw last year.