Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
The more and more and more I think about it the more I realize how masterful the film "Irreversible" really is. It's easily the most affecting film I've ever seen, easily one of the best crafted films I've ever seen, easily one of the most heartbreaking films I've ever seen, and even after seeing "The Men Behind the Sun" is still one of the hardest films I've ever had to sit down and watch And it's . . .
. . . even harder to sit and watch it in 1 sitting on a large screen. It's horrifying and genuinely frightening and probably one of the best films I've ever seen because all the peices seem to fit. Even when I know what's coming next ever time I shutter. I'm watching scenes from it now, I know the directors newest film comes out in September and am trying to remember why I liked it, if I can use the word like. It's the most dehumanising and humanising film I've ever seen, it reminds you of true evil but reminds me of true happiness and that at any moment you're world can spin out of control and become "Irreversible", so cherishing ever moment is important, and valuing a true friend (that will smash a person's head in with a...). This film is not for children and probably not for adults either.It truely deserves it. It is a masterpiece.
So people have told me I need to be descriptive about why I love these films well here I go to the best of my ability. Irreversible sets you or more accurately spins you (the camera spins over and over ad nauseum, (No seriously if you watch it on a large screen you can get sea sick and possible if prone too it trigger epileptic seizures.) in the middle of the action. Two men go into a gay bar to find a man for 'revenge' what he did, we're not quite sure. But within the club the tension mounts as we sea in shades of red and out of the darkness homosexual men engaged in the most disturbing S&M acts imaginable. (Fisting, candle wax ext.) Until the tension mounts as out lead male (the boyfriend) starts getting impatient and attacks one of the bizarre homosexual men, causing others to gang up on him, and gang up on him until he violently lashing out against a man who breaks his arm and attempts to rape him while many other men from the club sit and cheer (cheer on the rapist that is, the rapist that would be raping our man MALE character) Still with me, this is the BEGINNING of the film!!! Then an amazing thing happens.
But I won't spoil it.
Thusly the camera spins , as the film plays each scene leading up til that one.
Scene 1: Hunting down the rapist
Scene 2 Searching for the rapist
So on and so forth until we the audience get to see the boyfriends reaction to his bloodied girlfriend being drug out from a subway alley covering in massive amounts of blood.
And then the rape. A 9 minute long, 0 cutaways unflinching look at a horribly violent rape in real time, to the point where at the end we aren't sure she's alive, and by the end of the movie we're still not.
But this is only the halfway point.
The scenes continue to play in a backwards order showing our main man, our man women, and a mutual platonic friend (the one who came to the rescue at the beginning) They show them at a party dancing like fools and doing drugs, then rewinds to them traveling by subway to the party, then eventually the film rewinds to the two lovers naked in bed smiling and living rather blissfully. And the most heartbreaking reveal about Monica's character is revealed. And the final shot is of Monica's character sitting out in a beautiful green grassed park, reading a book and spinning out of control.
Starting at the end of a horrible day, rewinding to the beginning of a beautiful morning.
The visual effects in the film are subtle and used while the camera spins, some of the nudity is fake and of course the rape is fake, but because you're so enraptured in the story you never ever seem to notice, even if you're a film buff like me starting right at it.
The music suites each scene it occupies, if it's supposed to disturb its mostly nodes and tonal sounds, and if it's a party scene it's bizarre techno dance music. By the same man from Daft Punk.
This film is 99.9 % shock value, and it works.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Inception reminds me of 5 films majorly. But still in the art of it's own world feels unique and original.
1. Dark City.
2. Total Recall.
3. What Dreams May Come.
4. The Matrix.
5. Eternal Sunshine for the Spotlessmind.
I have not seen the "13th Floor" & only elements of "Existanz" remind me of this. Maybe its the portable of the unexplained-super-science-shared-dreaming-device. (Also the device in "Inception" isn't a sexual metaphor & and of course is a dream not a video game) The idea that you really never know if your in or out of a dream and the disorientation of that deception reminds me of how some of the 'Nightmare on Elmstreet' films are structured however those films give strong clues and 'Inception' does not. Also an element of the LONG-LOST-LOVE plot device from "Shutter Island" and of course the questions of *sanity* are in "Inception" but it deals with that slightly better in this film than in that film and I say slightly because it's mainly just a distracting muguffan from the plot at hand ; aka the 'corprate espionage' a far more interesting plot than the wispy (*run now spoiler*) romance plot.
This is the point where I remind you that not only am I fixing to spoil INCEPTION. I'm fixing to spoil the plots of the 5 films I just mentioned in the above. "Existanz" and "Nightmare on Elm St." will not spoil the film but if you've not seen the 5 above mentioned comparisons. Leave this review. Run, run, now!!!!
Okay now back to sanity.
Here we go.
First of all "Dark City" a film about an alien race who've kidnaped humans and change their memories in order to discover the secret of the human soul. Night after night on a timer they change the setting using a thing called 'tuning' (Changing the surroundings and landscapes around humans while simultaniously changing their memories to see how human beings react under different circumstances in search for the human soul), the film "Inception" employs the concept of an architect to do this within the dream strait that is. They've added extra rules but the conept of memories fading and creating realities from these memories and the search for peaceful memories is still an interesting thruline throughout. And the cliche of some lonely romanitic beach is indeed attached. (Shell Beach)
Total Recall leaves you with an ambiguous ending. And througout gives you awkward moments allowing you to doubt what's reality and what's Recall the same way this film emplores that mainly through it's horribly disjointed editing to create the feeling of doubt as to whats real and what's not. Also considering Mari Coliard's repeat this theme ad~nauseum. Also the wink that hey maybe the fact that you're a super agent is an absurd dream anyways,
In the film "What Dreams May Come" based on the highly praised novel by 'I am Legend' author Richart Matheson. Robin William's character creates his own heaven. (Based on what appear to be Thomas Kinkade paintings) to live out an eternity with his wife, a pefect world they can grow old together in eternity. But several times when he sees her she's a fantasy, a shade of his memories of her. The same exact thing happens ad-nausum in "Inception" when Leo's character is in the dream state. Also the idea of a strange disjointed hell like state is in "Inception". So if I ever meat Chris Nolan and he's not seen the movie or read the novel "What Dreams May Come", I probably won't believe him.
The corrolations to the Matrix are ovbious and been bled to death in other reviews and I don't give a shit. In the Matrix the characters are capable of strange feats of gravity and reality but other than that there aren't very many corrilations. The Matrix point was a strait forward allegory to whatever society I don't really remember or care. "Inception"'s plot is far far more involved. And it's also bloody ovbious when they're in the Matrix and when they are not. And there is no romantic themes in Matrix or comrodery with the group so the comparisons only have to do with style not the actual plot or themes of the films because plot & themes in these two are far drastically different.
The film only slightly reminds of "Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind" and there isn't any one specific thing I can point to. The plot of "Eternal Sunshine" was romantic. The romantic aspects in "Inception" seemed like an after thought and was far too rushed than they needed to be adding and interested backpoint to the corporate espionage plot that the film is claiming to have but really the film "Inception" is 100% about Leo's character Cobb. The corporate espionage is more of a muguffan. Because we're never fully explained why it's that important. Which is a very weak point of the film.
The film will twist your mind and is so ambigus at points that it seems to be more about mood and style & higher themes than actual plot. It does not deserve any merits of originality for the script however the visual effects & cinematography of the film are absurdly good. There are plot holes in the film which are probably devised purposely by Nolan to confuse and disorient the viewer.
7 1/2 out of 10 stars : Don't think too hard & don't lose yourself in the plotholes sit back & enjoy the exposition, the ride, & the film. Don't compare it to other films & enjoy the ride.
Also you might have noticed that I refer to both the 'romance' and 'corprate espionage' plots as muguffans because they both are. This film is far more about themes and style than plot. But that's not a bad thing for me. This film literally and figuratively allows you no leg room to stand on. Which is the mark of a well thought out and masterfully directed peice of cinema. (Even though it's derivative, devisive & full of plot holes I like to reffer to as questions or huh? moments.)
Hmm did anyone else notice the french music in the movie. It kinda reminded me of another movie with Marie Collard ? (She won an oscar for playing her silly people. ^.^)
And in a nutshell see this biatch in Imax and Mr. Gordon Levitt is great. And Mrs. Ellen Page adorable as always.
Peace out Bitches.
I also had the distintive pleasure of seeing this film at a private screening room last Monday at Warner Bros. I wasn't allowed to talk about it until it was released and just saw it for the second time in theatres at an I-Max so this was my review based on that secondary viewing experience.
I still love that the wall climbing scene utilized a technique developed in the 20's (A rotating room) and people still think that's an amazing feat of new special effect technology. That's hilarious.
Did you notice how bizzare it was that when Leo's wife kills herself she's in a hotel room um across from the room Leo's in, not the one Leo De Caprio's in? And supposedly that was after they wake up?
Leo's missing a totem? Clue much!?!
The film deserves at least 2 oscars Cinematography & Visual Effects.
You can 100% tell this was the directors passion project.
"We'll meet again, don't know where don't know when."
*.* Was my brother the only person to notice the kids at the end of the movie are wearing the exact same clothing as in his dreams ?
Okay I can't stand it, HE WAS IN A DREAM THE WHOLE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or at least the clues support it, it's too ambiguous given the fact that the director seperates the characters in some scenes which definately aren't a part of Leo's subconsious. So either or really.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
64 500 Days of Summer (What is happening & what your expectations are)
63 Silence of the Lambs (Break out)
62 The Third Man (Ferris Wheel conversation)
61 Oldboy (Fight Scene)
60 Hook (Final fight scene)
59 Allegro Non Troppo (the army builders sequence)
58 Gremlins (Gremlins at the bar)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
10.) Fears of the Dark
9.) Allegro Non Troppo
7.) The Secret of Nihm
6.) Triplets of Belville
5.) Fritz the Cat
4.) Sleeping Beauty
3.) My Neighbor Totoro
2.) The Nightmare Before Christmas
1.) Alice in Wonderland