Now, its been forever since i did a review post so i figured i should try to get back to that. Also these ones will kind of vary in length, and i only put imdb links for the ones that aren’t well known.
Tree of Life- Now, i am not a big Malick fan, and i heard this was one of those extremely arty films, so i kind of expected to hate it. But i actually ended up liking this far more than i thought i would. This is mainly because i found myself relating to family dynamic in the movie. The way Malick showed the parents diverging ways on raising there children i found extremely well done, especially in regards to Mr. O’Brien in that even though he took a more tough approach i never once questioned his love for his children.. It reminded me of my own parents, tho with the genders reversed(My mom is the tougher one in my family).
Another thing that worked in the films favor for me was the fantastic performance by Hunter McKraken. It was one of the more complicated child roles i’ve seen, and he pulled it off with ease. Its hard to believe this is his first movie role.
I could have done without the other stuff like the creation sequence, but like i said i liked this one a lot more than i thought i would
The Hunger Games-I haven’t read the books for this but overall i liked the movie. The contrast between District 12 and the Capitol was well established, and it does play at some deeper themes. Unfortunately, it seemed a bit too apparent to me they wanted to keep it teen-friendly, which meant they avoided delving into anything too dark. The shaky cam during some of the action later in the movie is a good example is this. At times i couldn’t tell what was going on, and it felt like a copout by Ross to avoid a R rating.
Pariah-I loved this one. The characters are all interesting, and the performances are top-notch. One thing that i think makes this movie stand out is how didn’t use its lesbian characters for cheap thrills. A lot of the time when i watch movies with lesbian women i get the feeling the director and/or writer just wants an excuse to have 2 woman make out on screen rather than really using them as characters. Here there is really only 1 lesbian sex scene, and it really isn’t that graphic.It is more of a coming of age story that happens to focus on a lesbian character.
Mister foe-This is one i never heard of before, but ended up surprising me. It somehow manages to jump between twisted and touching without running into a inconsistent tone. Jamie gives a fantastic performance here, bring to life both his characters vulnerability and his darker self. It also has a twist on the evil stepmother plot.
The Lincoln Lawyer- I really liked this one. It manages to stay surprisingly intense throughout, and Matthew McConaughey manages to be the essence of cool while still nailing the more dramatic scenes.
Mothers Day-A decent horror flick. This is in the vein of Saw(No truly innocent characters+heavy violence), so if you can get into those types of film this isn’t too bad. I mainly checked this out for Deborah, and while her role is small she manages to give a understated but still notable performance.
The Good Girl -Now i don’t normally check out Aniston’s films but this seemed a bit more interesting than her usual stuff. And surprisingly she actually gives a good performance in this one. It feels like she is actually acting this time instead of recycling her Freinds persona. Unfortunately the movie itself is a bit flawed. I got the feeling the movie wanted to say something profound, but i had no idea what it was. I don’t a movie always needs to be a %100 clear with its message, but i felt this one could have used a bit more clarity.
Drive-This is the film that finally got be on board with Refn, as i found Valhalla rising uneven and Bronson just pointless. His take on the action genre may seem odd at first, but i ended up liking it. There was one scene where i felt the music didn’t work so well, but that is just a minor complaint.