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The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
Wow. That was amazing.
The story revolves around a wealthy American (or citizens of the world, as The Mother calls them) family at the end of WW1 in France. The movie centers on the kid, Prescott. He's not a "normal" kid, I guess. He's been acting up ever since they moved to another town. He takes French lessons from the teacher, Ada (played excellently by Stacy Martin), which The Father disapproves of, because he can't speak the language himself and he feels The Father works for the American government, right under President Jimmy Carter, so he goes on a lost of work trips, and he doesn't really care about getting to know the people of the town as much as The Mother does.
At the beginning of the film the kid got caught throwing rocks at the church members ("A Sign of Thing to Come) and the movie just goes from there. The film is divided in chapter in a really cool way (First Tantrum, Second Tantrum etc.). The whole film is stylized really old school, e.g there's an overture at the beginning and etc. That brings me to the score, oh my god. The score is amazing, it's very unsettling. Quite possibly the best score I've heard this year, Knight of Cups is the only competition.
All of the performances are fantastic, especially Tom Sweet as Prescott, Bèrènice Bejo as The Mother and Stacy Martin as Ada, or The Teacher. Robert Pattinson is great too as a friend of the family and widower Charles, in the few scenes he shows up in.
I can't believe this is Brady Corbet's directorial debut, because the film is directed so well. I knew he's a great actor (Funny Games U.S.), I had no idea he could direct. I cannot wait for his next project because this is one of the better directed films I've seen in a while. Everything felt unsettlingly natural and real, the cinematography was fantastic and all the actors were great, even the kid. Or especially the kid.
Oh yeah, by the way, this is not a horror movie, it has some horror-ish and surreal (although it never goes full Eraserhead or Enemy) elements and it's very unsettling but it's not a horror movie. I think the horror-ish stuff lies in the things we don't see, or the things to come.
Oh, and no spoiler but the ending was so amazing, holy crap.
This is the third, possibly second, best movie I've seen so far this year and I'm hoping for Oscar buzz for this film at the end of the year, but it's not likely that will happen though.
9/10. It's excellent.
Napman v Zzzuperman: Yawn of JustiZzzz
It was really boring. Terrible pacing and editing, weak action and very tedious.
Some of the characters decisions were really stupid and weird. Eisenberg was annoying. Batman and Superman kills people. BATMAN AND SUPERMAN KILLS PEOPLE. WHAT?! Misleading title also, Batman and Superman fights as much as Captain America and Thor fights in The Avengers. The movie was waaay too long. Doomsday's CGI was embarrassing. The movie was boring and no fun at all, overly serious and dark. Wonder Woman and Batman were the only two things I liked about this movie.
Go with Me (2015)
Pretty decent, nothing too special.
I saw Go With Me at the Stockholm International Film Festival and I walked in not expecting much mainly because of the cast - Anthony Hopkins and Ray Liotta have both been in some questionable stuff lately - and i walked out pretty pleased, but it's still a very flawed movie though.
The acting by Julia Stiles is a little distracting at times and it took me out of the movie. Anthony Hopkins gave a pretty good performance but nothing too great.
The biggest problems are in the script and the story. I won't give anything away but when the main plot kicked off I instantly knew where it was headed. The cinematography was bland and grey and boring and there were nothing pretty to look at.
Overall a pretty enjoyable movie and I would recommend checking it out.