Yes, quite a bit! I explained my views on Villeneuve, I understand why you wouldn't like him but I really love what he does.Be honest, have you thought about it for even a sec since exiting the movie theatre? In my memory it has already blended together with all the new Star Wars spinoffs.
It felt more alien to me. I didn't recognise any of the characters thought processes or motives, they were all so, so strange.Enemy
Bit of a headfeck this one. Jake Gyllenhal crosses paths with his doppelganger.
Drenched in sepia, jazzy score, Isabella rossellini... It felt very European.
J.K Simmons is unreal in that film. Absolutely gripping performance.I just watched Whiplash, fantastic movie! Well worth the watch if you have not seen it before. Definite 10/10.
EDIT: The whole film just felt so intense, with an excellent story and phenomenal acting as well. I cannot remember when I last watched a film where I was truly on the edge of my seat in the finale.
That criticism feels a pretty fair one to level at Villeneuve in general. His films are a bit cold.Sicario. A thriller about US agencies attempting to deal with a Mexican drug cartel in an unorthodox way. That doesn't really do the story justice, but saying too much more would spoiler things. It's got great filmmaking (lots of awesome shots) and acting, but I feel both are let down by an ultimately unsatisfactory story, that doesn't really make any kind of point. Things just kinda happen, but what did we learn as an audience?
I guess not every film needs that, but I feel this one does. It's not just entertainment, it's not a drama, it's not cathartic - so what is it if there is no point to it? And we don't learn that things are messy or morally ambiguously either (like in Traffic); both are simply taken for granted pretty much from the start. So I felt a little empty afterwards - a grim affair that just comes and goes. As I said, that's a pity, cause everything else about the film is great.
Yeah, it's a theme for him obviously; more style than substance. But I thought it was less obvious in Arrival or Bladerunner.That criticism feels a pretty fair one to level at Villeneuve in general. His films are a bit cold.
I find they leave you with lots of room to speculate and wonder and probably require a bit of work from the viewer when all is said and done. They dont offer a strong answer to the questions they raise. I think i prefer his sci fi films as that kind of open ended finish feels a bit more appropriate. But i love his films in general really.
As regards Sicario, a grim affair with no solutions or obvious conclusions feels ... I dont know, is that not a good ending to the subject matter? I dont know how you tie up that story in a satisfying way without turning it into a fantasy movie. Like i think it already borders a bit on fantasy by having that unorthodox solution.
Yeah I was pretty disappointed by this. I wasn't expecting much just a fun action movie but it was very boring.I watched Overlord on TV last night. 5/10
I was surprised by how limited the horror and gore elements were. They did a great job of avoiding "jump out scares" every two minutes but the story itself was not particularly horrific and too much focus was paid to a sub-plot of a lady and young boy. The main villain, a Nazi solder, was also pretty weak. He had no character development and his relationship to other characters, particularly the scientists, was not clear. There was a lot of potential for this film, the acting was fine, the idea was great but the writing let it down, particularly at the end. A scientist (presumably the head scientist), who barely got a mention anywhere, was killed off quickly and a predictable fight with the "villain" who by now had gone full crazy for reasons which were not clear.
One of my favourite films this year. Cage is really excellent in it, and I really liked Adam Arkin's performance too.Pig
Some people steal Nic Cage's truffle pig so he ventures out of the secluded wilderness and straight into Portland to locate it. Whilst there, he has to face his past life. Loved the tone, cinematography, brilliant acting and a nuanced story about grief. With that said, character study films are not my go-to and I prefer plot-led films. All the dialogue is also mumbled and whispered so I found myself getting lost here and there.
Oh, and it also has this scene:
Man: "what are you looking for?"
Cage: "Ma pig"
Man: "What kind of pig?"
Cage: "A TRUFFLE PIG!"
It makes me think how Nic Cage's legacy would have been remembered if after his bigger acting roles and peak action stints, he only selected films like this, that really show off his acting chops. He probably wouldn't have become a meme actor.
Give Pig a watch, reminds you how good Nic Cage can be with the right project 6.5/10