The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. (126 mins.)
“ While its often overlooked by many due to Tim Burton's habit of prescribing to the unusual and unexpected (Casting a short comedian as Batman? Really?), Batman nevertheless proves itself to be one of the best modern representations of German Expressionism, Gothic horror and silent filmmaking ever made.
Behind its rather mundane and commonplace script exists a masterful reinterpretation of classic filmmaking tropes and character arcs that - through its relentlessly talented cast - is brought to the screen with a hidden nuance and meaningfulness that is often lost to modern directors. ” - PlanetConn
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. (144 mins.)
“ Not many people seem to like Paul Thomas Anderson's latest tale of human drama, which isn't surprising given the entirely different and untraveled paths he takes in many of his decisions on the film. The plot takes a backseat to its characters, the story arc is largely abandoned in favor of the human drama of the film, and its characters are often so elusive that many will be hard pressed to fully figure them out.
It's all of those things and more that make The Master such a brilliant film. It breaks its own model, it journeys into wholly unnerving territories, and does so with a skillful execution that many directors can't even begin to attain. ” - PlanetConn