Ex Machina is a smart, uncompromising look at Artificial Intelligence and the pitfalls that come with it. This sounds boring, but under Alex Garland's deft hand, it is anything but. The scenes come in quick succession, more interested in showing you things that outright explaining them to you. The movie lets you read into characters and their motivations, all the while giving you a taut thriller as you begin to question everything you've seen.Read More
Bunraku is one of those movies that, while it doesn't achieve all its goals, it still manages to stick with you. It's an odd movie with an interesting premise and visual flair. The aesthetic is like a papercraft city, made up of stark, contrasting colors, where guns have been destroyed and a warlord rules the city, complete with nine assassins. However, it is a glorious (and possibly unholy) union of Sin City, Afro Samurai, and Tarsem's the Fall while calling to mind spaghetti westerns and neo-noir.
It Follows is not your traditional horror movie. It plays with a lot of the conventions and builds on your expectations, tweaking them ever so slightly to amp up the tension. However, I honestly can say that I didn't find it scary or creepy. Nothing made me jump, though there are (thankfully) few moments where they do a simple jump scare. That being said, I've seen it twice now and can't stop thinking about it or talking to my friends and family and trying to convince them to see it with me.Read More
This film came out of nowhere for me. I'd seen the trailers, I'd even seen Bronson, Valhalla Rising and Pusher. But, for some reason, I was not prepared for what Drive was going to give me.
Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive is about the relationship between the Driver, a Hollywood stuntman, and his neighbor, Irene. This is the heart of the movie, but, surrounding it, are mobsters, stock car racing, and blackmail. It's a beautiful movie that calls to mind Michael Mann, Tangerine Dream films. It's a languid film at times, at others tense, but always beautiful.
There are movies that you watch and they just pass by. Then there are those that sit with you and stew. That take multiple viewings to even follow the conversations, though you do understand the overarching plot of it all. Primer is one of the latter films.
Filmed on a budget of $5,000, Primer is a packed film that, while only an hour and seventeen minutes long, easily feels like a two-hour movie. I've shown this film to dozens of people. I've garnered reactions from "You didn't tell me I was going to have to think." to "I don't know what happened. But it's cool."Read More
Frank is one of those movies that has such a specific marketing campaign that it's hard to speak about the movie and keep the mystique that surrounds the film's namesake. It's weird to bring up a marketing campaign when talking about a movie, especially one that's affected me so. But the reason I bring it up is that the box art and everything simply tells you that Michael Fassbender, as Frank, never takes off the head you see featured so prominently.Read More