As i said in my last post, i have a lot of movies i watched that i want to review. I also want to start reviewing anime shows i’ved watched. For these i will link to there profile on myanimelist.com instead of imdb, as i feel they provide better info for them. Here is the second batch.
Cyrus-This movie is very character driven, as there are only 4 important characters and the plot isn’t all that intricate. Thankfully, the main actors all perform rather well in this, and make it worth watching. Although i will note that while it technically is a comedy, its not really a laugh fest. This didn’t really bother me(Funny People was similar in that aspect, and that is one of my favorite movies) but i realize different people have different tastes.
My only real complaint is with the directing. Usually for most low budget indies, they try there best to make it look professional. In this one, it seemed like the director was trying to draw attention to how low budget it is. Now, i realize that in certain cases this can help enhance the feel/realism of a movie(The Wrestler is a good example of that effect) but in this one it just felt distracting and unnecessary.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona-Unlike most of Woodys films, the director doesn’t actually appear in it. However, like most of his movies(from what i’ve seen anyways) it is very chatty, which is fine. But what brings this movie down imo is the voiceovers.Its just there is too much of it, and because the movie already has a lot of dialogue it the combination is just too much.
The performances in the movie are all good, but Rebecca Hall gives a particularly impressive performance as a a woman conflicted between her lovers.
They Came Back– There have been many movies about the dead coming back, but not like this. This takes a slower and more thoughtful take on the familiar “dead coming back to life” premise. They don’t come back as flesh eating zombies, or vampires. They just seem odd. The main human characters all have varying reaction to seeing there loved ones come back to life, which makes each of them feel like they have a purpose in the story. They are all well acted, and none of them feel extraneous.
But imo the ones who really stand out are the actors playing the undead. They are played with an eerie clam, and you never know quite know what there thinking. The nuanced, low key acting manages to keep your attention without becoming over the top. Of the actors playing the undead, Jonathan zaccai gives a particularly notable performance, seemingly demanding your attention every time he is on screen.
This is a slow paced movie, but it managed to hold my attention all the way through. There was a certain plot point that was left a bit too ambiguous for my liking, but overall i loved this movie
Strange Days– This is actually one of my dads favorite movies(he also happens to like Angela Basset in this). One thing i noticed(besides Ralph Fiennes having a striking resemblance to Bradley Cooper back in 1995) is how timely it feels. At times it was hard to believe that this wasn’t made recently. One of the subjects the movie talks about is how people like watching other peoples lives. If the current obsession with reality television and excessive coverage of celebrities is anything to go by this movie was on to something.
This is particularly noticeable in the beginning, where a lot of the dialogue feels like it could apply to society today. In fact it almost feels overbearing in its message in the beginning due to this. But overall, i think this is a well written thriller with a message behind it for the intelligent viewer. Ralph also does a great job in the lead role.
Death Note(The anime series, not the movies)– This is in essence a extremely well done take on the familiar power corrupts theme. One thing i really like about this show is that it takes into account how complicated morality can be, which imo makes it more realistic. While i did not approve of Lights actions morally, i understood where he was coming from. And the cat and mouse game between L and Kira is riveting to watch. I highly recommend this one