Sunday, January 13, 2008

Been awhile since I've posted; sorry for that. Seen a number of movies lately so I thought I'd share my thoughts.

This film started out strong, but ultimately fell short of what it could have been. In trying to keep the layers of the novel, the complicated structure distracts and detracts from the characters. As such, it’s hard to really invest in them. This ultimately causes the ending to lack the emotional resonance it's meant to have. Aside from an absolutely masterful steadi-cam shot during the Dunkirk sequence, I wouldn't recommend it.

2 ½ stars out of 5

There Will Be Blood
Awesome performances by Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano make this a dark and stirring drama about the greed and power two men display over oil and money and the utter loathing they have for one another. Paul Thomas Anderson lets you decide how to judge what you see, and there are nuisances in these performances that beg for repeated viewing before making that decision.

4 stars out of 5

If you liked Little Miss Sunshine then you’ll probably like Juno. Great performances abound in this film, especially that of Ellen Page. My only issue with the movie is that it almost tries too hard to be a cool indie movie. Almost all the characters are quirky and somewhat weird, which makes them funny—and the movie more entertaining—but it seems less like a commentary on real life and more like the film knows it's “this year’s hit indie film.” Regardless, the movie had me by the end and it’s one of the best films I’ve seen lately.

4 stars out of 5

The League - Crime Scene

Frame grabs from the opening crime scene. Shot on the 16th of December, 2007.
Click to embiggen.

More to come.