A great reflection on human morality. As you watch the film unfold you begin to question the true intentions of the police force and perhaps even mankind itself. The ending makes you consider the perspective of the murderer and whether you should feel remorse for him or people he’s hurt. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman play off of each other well. I find their duo to be very appropriate and entertaining to watch. It’s like a dark buddy cop movie, except David Fincher made it so it’s perfect. You can see the way the two men bond and get close to one another until it all culminates into a thrilling climax. Watch out for the number seven, it appears a lot and I can’t even begin to divulge its thematic importance. Go watch it if you haven’t already, Fincher continues to impress with his unbridled knowledge of filmmaking.
Obvious Child (2014)
A nice little coming of age story about a woman going through real-life struggles we all must often face in society. In its simplest terms, a comedian is essentially paid to never grow up and keep a facade that basically equates to a constant lark. Yet when that fact is juxtaposed with real situations the main character must learn to overcome, it really develops into a beautiful relatable story I think anyone can get behind. Jenny Slate plays her character very well because it essentially is her, but she’s able to make it not as contrived as that may sound. I think we’ve all been in her shoes at one point or another and I would be lying if I said I couldn’t relate to her myself. The story is sweet and something to watch if you just wanna have a good time.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
A pretentious film that documents the intertwined lives of 3 poets from the forties. I picked this film up on a whim because I thought it would be another crime film, and it also had Michael C. Hall in it but instead, I got this incredibly ostentatious film about 3 idiots attempting to induce a modern renaissance. The presentation is all over the place, the editing (primarily the audio) is rather shotty, and the acting, especially from Daniel Radcliffe, leaves much to be desired. An overall unenjoyable experience. I wouldn’t waste any time on this if I were you.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
The eighth film from Quentin Tarantino manifests itself in the form of a historical film that grapples with morality and consequence. It follows the experiences of bounty hunters and captures how they all end up clashing with each other when forced together into a single room. The whole atmosphere leaves the viewer on edge for most of the film and the twists and turns it takes are especially intriguing. Samuel L. Jackson, as always, steals the show and for once Walton Goggins doesn’t play a terrible villain like he does in the next movie. Anway, it’s a Quentin Tarantino movie there’s a lot of odd nuances you aren’t going to get with anyone else directing it, have fun and watch the flick.
Ant-man and the Wasp (2018)
The very definition of a passable superhero film. It’s got action, and it has a decent narrative and resolves cleanly at the end. The villans are rather dull and have such clear weaknesses that it’s almost laughable. The film is played off as more comedic but not at all in the same vein as Thor: Ragnarok which is undoubtedly the best way to do it, at least in terms of films from the MCU. There’s a guy whose main role was to spout exposition at the beginning of the film, and a sub-par unnatural romantic ark that felt rushed and unnecessary. It’s not a bad movie per say just unapologetically average. I would recommend you go in with low expectations and leave with even lower ones.
A surreal vignette about internal struggle. I really liked this one, there’s a lot of subtle themes and motifs at play that I think all types of viewers can appreciate. The film is essentially about dealing with an internal struggle and self-image, how it can ultimately break you and cause you to do things you didn’t think you would. All the while, the movie is coated in a dim yellow finish making it look more retro which is a stylistic choice I was ultimately on board with. Denis Villeneuve is responsible for films like Sicario and the recent Blade Runner reboot and I’m honestly really starting to enjoy his manner of filmmaking. Jake Gyllenhaal has the challenge of playing two characters who are so radically different I started to think they were played by different people. A must see for anyone who likes Villeneuve’s work.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Another Tarantino movie, because why not. This is one of the most interesting Christian films I’ve ever watched. The whole movie is about salvation, living a life of sin and ultimately choosing a path of righteousness. You get to see the lives of a few bad people play out and how they react when given a second chance. It’s an interesting departure from Tarantino’s standard character types because while they’re still corrupt people they actually have the possibility to make things right. It’s honestly a near perfect film and I recommend everyone give it a watch. I say near perfect because for some reason Tarantino thought it was a good idea to insert himself into the movie as a character who says the word “ni**er” at awkward times. I suppose we are all our own hamartia.
This was originally supposed to be ten films, all of which I would watch in a consecutive ten-day time span, but since I’m bad at keeping my own promises I fell just short. Some of these I watched in theaters, others I watched with friends, and some I watched alone. I suppose that could have an effect on judgment but if I’m being honest I think most of these films are worth a watch. Most of them.