Month: April 2012

2012 in Film: #91 – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

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2012 in Film: #91

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007) | Directed by Sidney Lumet

Grade: B

Thoughts: It is, essentially, an ingeniously put together noir, with incredible visuals and a unique storytelling device. The linearity, or lack thereof, is the film’s draw, as well as its top notch performances and editing. However, it goes on for far too long and risks the audience getting bored. Lumet, however, does exercise his great directing muscle throughout.

2012 in Film: #90 – Chungking Express

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2012 in Film: #90

Chungking Express (1994) | Directed by Wong Kar-Wai

Grade: A

Thoughts: Wong Kar-Wai’s gorgeously shot and wonderfully told film is also incredibly romantic. taking to unrelated stories and putting them together in a city where the paradox of loneliness in a crown is exemplified by the film’s leading characters. Great acting and cinematography. Choice of music, such as “Dreams” by the Cranberries and “California Dreamin’”, is expertly utilized in the film. Incredible film.

2012 in Film: #89 – Young Adult

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2012 in Film: #89

Young Adult (2011) | Directed by Jason Reitman

Grade: A

Thoughts: There are some people who grow up, and then there are those who simply do not. You cannot help but pity them a little, but when you meet Mavis Gary, you will think for a moment, “No wonder why her life sucks.” Schadenfreude aside, Reitman, Cody, Theron, and Oswalt make a passed-out-from-intoxication black comedy into something that shines. Its characters are meticulously constructed by Cody, acutely performed by Theron and Oswalt, and scathing portrayed on the screen by Reitman. In the end, in a strange way, you can’t help but love to hate these people. So, they’re damaged. So, they’re emotionally stunted. Growing up is hard to do, especially for these two.

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2012 in Film: #88 – To Catch a Thief

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2012 in Film: #88

To Catch a Thief (1955) | Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Grade: B+

Thoughts: Searing with sexuality and innuendo in every line of dialogue, Hitchcock’s witty and fun caper film is one not to miss. Just as whimsical asThe Lady Vanishes, the film showcases some glorious cinematography, some exquisite costumes, and some fantastic acting from Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The two are perfect together. Very enjoyable romp.

2012 in Film: #87 – Hunger

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2012 in Film: #87

Hunger (2008) | Directed by Steve McQueen

Grade: B+

Thoughts: Disturbing and contemplative, with each moving frame a thing of beauty or a thing of fear. Michael Fassbender gives a terrific performance. However, if you are unfamiliar with the historical context of the film, some of the emotion might be lost on you, and thus won’t ring as resonant.