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A swirling tale set at the beginning of the '70s on the coastal side of Los Angeles, Inherent Vice stars, among the others, Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, as well as many other characters popping in and out to move the story along. Director Paul Thomas Anderson's dark-comedy is the adaptation of author Thomas Pynchon's 2009 crime-noir novel and a cinematic achievement, fitting in with his other critically lauded films, such as There Will Be Blood, The Master and Boogie Nights. The plot is overlong and extremely intricate - convoluted would be a suitable and exact word - and has too many characters in it but on the whole this trippy private eye crime-comedy compensates for its flaws with a delicious'70s atmosphere, a great soundtrack and a hilarious humor.
The movie stars a trio of top male actors in splendid roles, so that the intricate and very intimate "Felony" is a police story crossed with a strong psychological drama. Three very different Australian detectives, each one determined to do the right thing, are supposed to decide how to define justice in one specific case and must choose what lines can be crossed and what price may be paid as to achieve it. Director Matthew Saville has perfectly constructed a low-key and realistic drama. These kinds of moral decisions and subjects always end up making involving films, especially when the key performers are as good as Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton and Jai Courtney. Working on a perfect screenplay by Edgerton, the director Matthew Saville has expertly constructed an extremely realistic drama where the malleability of morality in an increasingly difficult situation takes center stage.
A big-hearted social realism which is a strong meditative piece of work, showing flashbacks of two kids then turning into teens, living on the same estate and spending their days getting always into trouble. The story dips in and out of the past, suggesting the source of current woes. As a portrait of stasis brought on by poverty and a study of abandon gone sour in the face of zero opportunities, this is an extremely sensitive stuff, even though there's little that ends up surprising. This movie hasn't been successful at all, though having a decent cast and handling very interesting themes, however it certainly deserves a good rate.
"Pride" is an entertaining film directed by Matthew Warchus and focusing on the initially reluctant then accepting attitude the straight residents of a Welsh community had towards the gay advocates. The cast includes some of the best actors Great Britain has shown and the film moves effectively from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds of incredible poignancy. In the ultimate analysis "Pride" artfully proves that many kinds of people who have apparently nothing in common in the end share more than they might realize. The story is based upon true events.
Little doubt that David Fincher's propensity for too long films has reached its highest point, because Gone Girl, for the most part, feels like an excellent thriller trapped within the confines of a bloated drama. The movie has a thoroughly lethargic pace holding the viewer at arms length for much of its 149 minute (too long) running time, with this vibration certainly supported by an opening hour suffering from a scarcity of electrifying moments. It's certainly clear that the flick benefits from David Fincher's typically meticulous sense of style. There are, it has to be said, a few stretches heightened by Fincher's directorial style. However the prolonged finale ultimately confirms Gone Girl's place as an entertaining but relentlessly padded-out piece of work, and it is now difficult to imagine that Fincher's output will ever again reach the heights of early efforts like Se7en and The Game.
"Harry Brown," a feature film debut from the director Daniel Barber gets to introduces us to a man at his wits' end, a man who doesn't know what happened to the world he used to know and very determined to take action, however violent and bloody. And while the movie at times loses credibility (this "vigilante pensioner" seems to have many extra lives) and isn't easy to watch, it haunts the viewer with its details of life under siege. But at the center of this extremely violent revenge drama almost a Western movie, ending up with a saloon shooting is something quiet: two delicate, heartfelt performances matching each other, Emily Mortimer and Caine, master of gentle sadness.
The word I'd use to define this story is contorted..Nolan's intelligence is out of discussion but the problem here is the difficulty of finding a key. All of this effort, all these questions, all of this movie and for what? There is no answer there. Nolan's mind has conceived Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and now Interstellar, always exploring relevant existential questions but there's always the sense that the person making these movies has no sense of proportions. The movies are about love, they're spiritually generic and require a lot of production.. But the overall idea is that the viewer doesn't know where the story is going.. Again the previous question, what for..?!
"The Judge" has a backdrop of both courtroom and family tension, it's an emotional drama with brilliant performances (the 2 lead actors standing out) though stuffed with clichés. Robert Downey Junior uses his usual charm and gives a strongly emotional performance. He brings a lot of his own personal experiences into the game and proves he's in the saving grace . Robert Duvall hasn't been this believable for many years, bringing back us some of the power that made him a legend. Its a rare gift that only actors of his caliber do have. Both men are the best part of this film, a film which is not much above an average story, to be honest.
The film deals with lessons that cannot be learned at school, in the elite of British private societies, where all men are not created not be equal.. The pic is set in both the fantasy and nightmarish aspects of university elites and ends up being terribly violent and with a terrible finale, leaving the viewer breathless for a finale showing no one will ever pay for the terrible facts committed (as a matter of fact more crimes than facts). In the end the guys attitude and behaviour their seeing everything as a commodity, their considering such incidents as "scrapes," leaves the audience (at least it had that impact on myself) with a total lack of hope for the future.. However, regardless of the moral opinions the film is very well acted.
A Walk Among the Tombstones is slow-burn and fast-paced at the same time, though there are a few action scenes punctuating long periods of simmering tension. It's a story you appreciate for audacity, skill with Scudder seeming like a clone of Bryan Mills (his character in Taken), the real similarities being that they look alike and neither is averse to using violence to achieve his aims. I think Frank's willingness to go dark and stay there is one of the movie's strengths, acting like a warrior facing death and not caring if it takes him. A Walk Among the Tombstones acknowledges the darkest aspects of the human condition, a tough movie, though the plot ends up being very unlikely with the police and the FBI being not interested in the murders. Well described the relationship between the lead actor and the young boy.
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