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Black Mass (2015)
Depp is fantastic
This is such a weird case. I don't really think the film does anything wrong per se. In fact, I guess I kind of enjoyed it. I just have no real opinion towards it one way or another. I do think Johnny Depp is really fantastic though. The trailers for this film made it seem a lot different than it was, and I remember thinking Depp looked to be trying too hard there. He was mighty impressive, totally inhabiting that character and proving that yes, he still has it and he needs to stop making bad films. The film around him, even if with an impressive cast, was just sort of there. I'm not huge on the gangster flick but most at least make me feel something. At the end of the day, this film will only be memorable in my eyes for Depp. But it wasn't bad.
The Martian (2015)
Great score, great editing, great acting
This was a weird experience. I just expected it to be a pretty dark, serious film (along the vein of interstellar). I purposely always avoid trailer for fear of spoilers, and so I was not prepared at all for how light and humorous the film is. Upon checking the screenwriter being Drew Godard, it made sense, but i guess all the humor in a space film (just because Gravity and interstellar are so fresh in the mind) threw me off guard. I appreciated it as much as I disliked it. I felt like the humor was pretty off at times, and the film didn't warrant its running time. It tried to cram in a lot of characters. But on the flipside, there's such a genuine good-heartedness to the whole thing. It managed to make the earth scenes work, and of course Matt Damon's scenes are aces. I'm just not sure how much I liked it, but this is definitely less of a passion film than both Gravity and Interstellar. I don't see it making any big awards splash in a few months, it's just too light and dare I say it, disposable?
The Visit (2015)
Creepy, restrained, and mature in its approach
That... was so not what I expected. First off, to address the "handheld-camera" gimmick. The film could've definitely been done without it, but the good thing is that you'd be forgiven for forgetting it's trying to be in the vein of "found footage". So much of the film is composed of establishing shots, and the film isn't really "shaky camera" much at all. And much of that reason is because of how shockingly restrained the film is. It really knows how to build and build with just pure atmosphere. It could've totally chosen to go that route, but it didn't. What's even more shocking is there there's an underlying thematic arc here that has nothing to do with horror. It's rather quite surprising, and points need to be given for its ambition. Certainly not at all what I expected from the trailer, it's a quiet, character-centric, creepy little film that also manages to be quite emotional and gets extra points for having two child actors who at no point were annoying. The two lead characters here are really well-established, and their acting, specifically from the female actress, is quite impressive. Definitely recommend this, what a pleasant surprise.
Heartfelt and distinct
I think there's something very genuine, very sincere... something honestly very heartfelt and incredibly personal in the film. I think it extends beyond what's happening on screen and it feels like such a passion project for Rejon. I've seen countless of coming-of-age films, and even though on the surface the narrative here seems pretty familiar (just recently, The Spectacular Now) there's something inherently distinct about this. In terms of directorial style, it's definitely more showy than most. Much of it reminded me of Wes Anderson-lite. And by the end, the film is immensely likable...
But I would be lying if I said it also didn't annoy me at times. Its insistence with being overly cute and whimsical definitely needs some getting used to. From the start you can tell the film is really trying, so the fact that by the end it does come across as actually sincere is a huge surprise. Especially because, yeah, there are so many instances where it really goes overboard. Really? Going into a coma at that precise moment he shows her the film? I guess it's meant to convey a feeling more than anything, as the film definitely seems to operate in its own world, but still...I have quite a few problems with it. Part of me is telling me not to ignore the many instances where the film just didn't work, and yet I still liked it quite a bit. I don't even know what to grade it, and no idea how I'll feel about it a week from now. I could honestly see myself disliking it more just as easily as the opposite.
Definitely an experience...
I've seen my fair share of confusing films throughout my life. But they're usually confusing in such different ways. I don't think i'd ever seen a film quite like this. It can definitely be enjoyable on a scene-to-scene basis, no doubt, but it can also leave you wondering just what exactly is going on. Does the film amount to anything? I'm not quite sure, but I did enjoy it. It's ded=finitely a very divisive film, one where people will either love or hate (and the reason I don't either is because I do think I'm more open tot his sort of thing. I wouldn't recommend this to all audiences (maybe not even to most) but I do think there is a lot of merit here.
The Overnight (2015)
Odd, dark, and very unpredictable
This is one of those films where the less you know, the better. As an overall film it is incredibly difficult to judge in terms of its merits. The film is really its own creation and it beats to its own rhythm. The cast is very strong, and the film is surely entertaining throughout. Because it's so unpredictable, there's a certain joy to get from just wondering where it'll all go. For that reason, it's more of a film that will be a lot stronger on first viewing. I don't know how it'll really hold up on rewatches, but I suspect it'll lose a lot. I had a great time watching it, but I also don't know if to recommend it because I feel like many people (and I say that with emphasis on many) will hate the film and what it eventually becomes.
Endless and dragging...
I admire what the film was ultimately trying to do. But dear god, you'd think a film taking place in the clubs and similar settings would be more fun. This feels its running time and then some. The problem is that at no point did I really care about the story and the main character here, so watching him life his live and us go through the years with him is kinda, well, painful. This was just not a good time, but hopefully others like it more. I like loose narratives, but something about this one just didn't click at all with me. The film was very well structured though. nice sound mixing and great use of colors and camera-work.
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Effective and sprawling, if overlong.
Very ambitious project. Perhaps a little too ambitious. I appreciate all of the themes it tried to incorporate, but 150 minutes was just too long. By about an hour I already felt overwhelmed because the film had traced so much story. This is one film that really felt its length. I also think throughout many instances, the film just overplays its melodrama completely. Some dialogue is shoddy, and some of the narrative structure gets messy in its second half (which is definitely overall more problematic). I think the cast is really great though, and the film does get across its overarching, most powerful message about brotherhood and friendship. Jason Mitchell stands out as the MVP here, although everyone does fine work. I was really loving the film in its first half but yeah, it just seems too all over-the-place in its second, but I still liked it a lot
Show Me a Hero (2015)
Oscar Isaac is incredible in this restrained, effective and realistic drama
Just amazing. It's rather understated and procedural many of the times (but nothing unsurprising if one has seen David Simon's TV series). What it does in the six hours is amazing though. Its character development is exquisite, and by the time it's over it feels like it was a run of an actual television series. Of course, it could only be this long, but that doesn't stop me from wishing it WAS a longer series. Oscar Isaac is an amazing actor. I've said it before and I'll say it again, he's doing things not many actors right now are (or even can). The amount of raw talent he has, as well as the amount of warmth he can convey is staggering. That's what makes the end of the series so heartbreaking. I really hope this wins the Miniseries Emmy next year, and that Isaac also takes home the trophy.
Love & Mercy (2014)
Sensitively done, with a certain charm and care
There's something truly unique about this film. I hadn't seen looked at the reviews and at all of the praise heaped upon the film, so I just assumed it would be this formulaic average Hollywood feature. It's certainly not art-house, but it's certainly something different. There's a certain sense of melancholy and real sadness that permeates the entire film. On the surface it's very optimistic and it certainly starts off that way, but it's trying to reflect on themes that are more complex than what I would have originally guessed. I'm not a huge fan of Paul Dano, but he's just perfect here, and this is John Cusack's best role in quite some time. Elizabeth Banks also radiates such warmth and grace, and she's the emotional anchor in more ways than one.
Definitely surprising, a sensitive, gentle, offbeat and humorous, but effectively powerful film that will grab you in more ways than one.