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The Toybox (2005)
Straight to the heart of darkness
The film opens and at first not knowing what to expect I was a little dubious, the opening seems like a made for TV film which was putting me off but in the end it worked so well as it contrasted with the descent to chaos which occurs at this films climax. The camera work becomes more and more erratic and panicked, going to hand held it really gives a sense of claustrophobia to the film, a feeling I guess is quite integral considering the fact that I'm pretty sure the reason Brian goes mad is hes locked in a box for hours as a child.
The scenes towards the end in Brians shed were some of the most atmospheric I've ever seen and even compared against larger budget films they hold their own, they reminded me in particular of the climax of "Apocalypse now". Maybe that was deliberate, I don't know but the film is full of literary references that adds to the strong story telling theme running through out the film and creates a great depth to it.
The writing is similarly brilliant. Not knowing what to expect allowed me to be taken down every twist of Sedazzari's tale. I was left unable to tell where the truth began entirely and at what point the brother and sisters imagination left. Fairytale and psychological horror are entwined every step of the way to create a definitely original film that holds many surprises.
The dialogue is blunt and honest, in all to many films characters speak as though they've been rehearsing their lines, Sedazzari's characters speak like people speak, with no flair, they speak directly as if they're thinking what to say as it happens and the outcome is all the more believable for it. The characters are also complete and even though many appear as somewhat stereotypical you are given reason as to why each is the way they are and by the end you sympathise with all of them and forgive them all for their laws, they are all victims of each other. All their faults belong to the hothouse effect of living together and no one is left predictable or one sided, none of them are to blame for being the people they are.
I suppose if I should eventually round this up and come to some form of conclusion or judgement I'll leave you with this. At a point in time when their seems to be a new horror film released every week each as placid and unoriginal as the next not to mention predictable and shallow "The Toybox" is a breath of fresh air that I think "Brand New" films should carry on and if they go the way they are carve a name out for themselves.
Definitely worth the journey!
This is the only film I have ever seen in which after it finished the entire audience sat through the credits in silence. no one moved or made a sound, such is the impact of this film. The peaceful build up of this film makes the ending that much more disturbing and it is that peacefulness with which these terrible crimes are carried out that makes it that much more upsetting. The perpetrators are not given specific motives nor is there any attempt made to explain them. We witness one days events in there entirety with no previous explanation contrasting the ordinary beginnings with the brutal ending. The purpose of this film rather than entertain is to draw attention to its subject matter and the way in which it does this is to simply show them in there entirety making it impossible to avoid the issue.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Good but not great
My friends seem to have an obsession over this film and after getting over my initial hatred of it due to this obsession I've actually come to realise this film is actually really quite good. The visuals at times are breath taking and the relationship between scarlet and bill is not only real but quite brilliant in the way it is written and the way in which they react around each other. In terms of the ending i realise it may not be to everyones taste but in my opinion it is the best way this film could have ended. The conclusion to my rambling is that while it may not be to everyones taste (which I can fully understand)this film is a spectacle well worth viewing though still it is not deserved of the cult status some have elevated it too.
Good of been something a lot better
Going to see this on a whim one night I had pretty much no idea what this was going to be apart from what I'd read on the cinemas website. At times this film showed great promise and some imposing cinematography but in the end never quite delivered the scare it had the potential to. At points I was certain I was going to witness something quite disturbing but was countlessly let down. The inevitable unoriginal ending was also a let down as I was hoping for something much more from a film I was expecting to be a lot less mainstream than it actually is. I felt this film could of been something far more disturbing and scary than it turned down and although it doesn't contain any actual faults I just think it could have been something much more special.
The Aviator (2004)
Before I went to see this I had no idea what to expect in terms of the story but was hoping to see the usual joy that Scorcese delivers. Within the first ten minutes I was still uncertain as to what I was about to watch but by the half way mark I was convinced it was something that would have an impression upon me.
By the time I left i had been astonished the film is a modern masterpiece of which every bit i loved and never found my attention once straying from the happenings upon the screen. Although I have no idea how close this is to the true life of Howrad Hughes so cannot comment upon it in a sense of accuracy but i can vouch for the amazing piece of art/entertainment which I saw and i recommend it to everyone.