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Interstellar is Christopher Nolan's most ambitious achievement.
Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi film Interstellar is definitely the most ambitious one the director has ever undertaken in terms of plot and vision. It's a film that will definitely transcend time and space and within the following decades will be dissected and analyzed as much as few other great and important films.
The performances are all top notch and even though it's hard to distinguish any of the actors, it's safe to say that Matthew McConaughey delivers a powerhouse performance (his best) and carries the film until the very end. He is Nolan's best lead so far for me. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Mackenzie Foy, Casey Affleck and Bill Irwin are only some of the actors who compile this tremendously talented ensemble cast. Especially Damon and Irwin are two very exciting surprises. Even Ellen Burstyn has a small but extremely effective part.
Plot-wise, even though Interstellar is as ambitious as people expect it to be, several moments feel a little rushed due to either the screenplay or the editing. But, because there is no such thing as a perfect film, Interstellar manages to maintain its ambition on the highest possible level and any minor flaws are easily forgettable. Nolan balances several adventurous sequences (inside the wormhole, around the black hole, on the potentially habitable planets, the docking sequence) along with plenty emotional and intimate scenes.
On the technical side, Interstellar is a masterful achievement. Hans Zimmer's organ based score is one of his best and it accompanies the characters from their most intimate to their most engrossing moments. Hoyte van Hoytema who replaced Wally Pfister as Nolan's director of photography creates one of the most visually stunning experiences in the history of cinema. The visual and sound effects and the editing are bound to be recognized.
I can't really say if Interstellar is Nolan's best film but it definitely is his most ambitious by far. Except from being his most ambitious film ever, Interstellar is also his most divisive. The decisions he makes in the infamous third act may alienate some people but for me this part is the best and most audacious of the whole film and the way Nolan directs it and delivers it, makes it feel so heartbreaking and awe-inspiring at the same time.
Interstellar is a heavenly made science fiction film and certainly one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. Part of this film's greatness lies on the fact that it desperately needs to be watched at least twice. First for the questions and then for the answers. Go watch it on the biggest screen possible. 10/10
12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave - The Best Movie of 2013
Solomon Northup was a free-born man living in Saratoga, New York married with two children. In 1841 he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Viewers should not take Northup's story as something individual. Situations like this happened several times over the course of this horrific period, a clear type of holocaust of the African-American human people.
If you have already watched Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011) you certainly know that Steve McQueen directs his films with merciless realism. His first two films were very dark and perplexing and so is 12 Years a Slave.
The main theme of McQeen's film agenda is, I believe, about complex human-beings finding themselves in difficult situations. Bobby Sands, Brandon and finally Solomon Northup. Even though their names don't really matter, because they are just characters who represent the difficulties of our everyday lives.
The film is a cruel examination of slavery in America and McQueen was probably the best director for this kind of material. His long takes and the objectivity of his camera make the movie seem realistic. The movie as an achievement represents perfection at cinematography, production, costumes and editing. Hans Zimmer score is hypnotic and controls the emotions of the audience. And of course a great screenplay by John Ridley who adapted Northup's memoir and created almost all the dialogue.
Chiwetel Ejiofor gives a powerful and riveting performance as Solomon Northup. After a good stage career and some decent film performances, Ejiofor takes full advantage of his great talent previously shown in Dirty Pretty Things. This is one of the best performances of all time.
Behind Ejiofor we see an extremely talented supporting cast full of charismatic and great actors. Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o give career best performances and stand out among Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano and others.
What an incredible, haunting and touching film it is. Highly recommended for everyone who has the gut to watch the truth in a so tense way. Not only the best movie of the year but also one of the greatest and most important achievements in the history of movie-making.
Panapaok's rating: 10/10
The Best Serial-Killer film ever made!
It starts classically. Two detectives the one different from the other. Fincher brings the action immediately and we are drown into the story.
The one (Freeman) is older, wiser, well-educated and more experienced. Each and every of his lines seem to be well thought and straightforward. Morgan Freeman plays Somerset with great intensity and calming demeanor and this is one of his best roles.
The other (Pitt) is the new guy and the classic hothead who first acts and then starts to think his actions. He is definitely a man of the action. Brad Pitt was a right choice for the role and his work is very good out of the question.
Andrew Kevin Walker, the writer, provides both of them with great and almost poetic dialogue while David Fincher, the director, fills the movie with a dark and gripping tone and he directs with a great amount of energy.
The case is a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't watched the film so I will not mention the actor's name. All I can say is the fact that he is the perfect choice for the role because he embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice.
This is one of the most dark and disturbing films of all time and definitely one of the really best. It's not a film which you will forget easily. Actually is one of the most haunting ones and it's a film which raises several questions about our society.
But except from all of these facts, it's simply a masterpiece. 10/10
Carlito's Way (1993)
Good classic Brian De Palma
Back to the gangster genre for Brian De Palma with Carlito's Way. After Scarface and The Untouchables he gives another pure example of his filmmaking and proves that he is a very strong and underrated master.
Al Pacino gives another strong performance as Carlito Brigante and this is not unusual for him because he is in a well known field. But this time he is not another greedy and violent guy like Michael Corleone or Tony Montana but he is wise and clever and his goal is to retire from the business.
Furthermore Sean Penn shows again his enormous talent by giving a strong performance as Carlto's rogue lawyer whose motives are not what they seem. He is rotten and cocaine addict and Penn pulls of this role brilliantly.
This is a very good film both entertaining and touching and it is a must see for all De Palma's fans. Pacino's narration is an important key for the audience to realize who Carlito is. And, like a lot of gangster films, Carlito's Way proves that once a gangster means always a gangster no matter what.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
One Great Achievement!
To start with I can definitely say that 2001 A Space Odyssey is a film with great potential and premise, deals with a big amount of important themes and achieves to remain a film of great importance.
Stanley Kubrick worked pretty hard on this film and managed to create some of the best visual effects ever made. His direction is amazing and he gives to the film an eerie atmosphere.
Some dismissed the film as boring and incomprehensible. Well If you consider 2001 boring you must definitely have really small imagination. Of course it is like a silent film but Kubrick supports the point of the film with great artistry and leaves us think and search in our mind and our hearts.
2001 A Space Odyssey is a spellbinding and absorbing adventure in secret paths that we may never find out in our lives because they are too short.
To end I can definitely say that 2001 is not only one of the best sci-fi movies ever made but also one of the best generally. It is one of the most thought provoking films(like all the sci-fi should be) and inspires our awe in every minute of it.
Of course there is an openness in the film's meaning especially in the ending shots which have an allegorical and philosophical meaning. For me 2001 is not a religious film but it's about science, discovery and mainly for evolution.
It's a film for adults and mature teenagers because it could be extremely weird and disturbing for younger audiences.
But it's a must-see for every cinephile around the world. 10/10
A Timeless Masterpiece!
What to say about Vertigo? First of all that it is by far the masterpiece of one of Hollywood's great masters, Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock made several great and important movies but he never achieved such a perfection. To sum up about Hitchcock, I can definitely say that if Psycho is his most well known picture, then Vertigo is his best.
Maybe Vertigo was a bit under-appreciated when it was released. But the only way to judge movies objectively is to wait some years. And one can see what a good example Vertigo is, by winning the first place in the 2012 Sight & Sound Poll and beating Citizen Kane.
Vertigo also features James Stewart's best performance. A lot of people believe that Stewart was too old for the role. For me Stewart was perfect and covered all the possible flaws due to his great talent. In fact, the closing scenes in the tower are mesmerizing.
Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes provided the movie with great supporting acting and both gave two amazing and painful performances.
Because of the directing, the writing and the acting Vertigo succeeds not only as one of the best mystery movies ever but also as a tragic and poignant love story.
Vertigo is not flawless but the small flaws in it are so unimportant and the pace of the movie makes us to forget them. Hitchcock direction is outstanding and gives us a feeling of dizziness all the way. His use of colors and camera angles help the movie to look stunningly beautiful. And of course Bernard Herrman's score is one of the most haunting themes ever composed for a movie.
I suggest everybody to watch Vertigo not only once but twice because it's the kind of movie you watch twice. First for the questions and then for the answers.