Thursday, January 19, 2017

Split: SPOILERS, DO NOT READ, In short, the film was fantastic! There, now see it and enjoy.

Fucking, i bet you still clicked this, dammit, why, X off, unless you have seen it, then i suppose, am i fucking right? Right? Fucking excellent film, there, now you don't have to read the rest, but back to you that saw it, fucking whoa. James McAvoy is brilliant in this, superb, like this film is going to be ranked high and the end of the year, and a lot of that is due to McAvoy, he is that good, a career performance in my book! It is a shame the film came out in January, as if this came out in September(a former dump month) or later in the year, it could be up for Best Actor come the 2018 Oscars. Some say the February is no longer a dump month because of the Lego Movie, Kingsman, 50 Shades, and now John Wick. With this film in the first month of the year, it leaves solid cinema a chance at all 12 months. This is better than your usual January release, this is better than blockbuster month releases, this is better than a Halloween season release, this here is a film deserving of a November or December release. This is one of the best films of the last 2 years, no joke, and not just genre films. You may be asking, why did he say spoiler, well i won't break your heart, get the fuck out, there is a glass ceiling, you are now dead, well atleast your body is injured, you may be crippled, there, enough hints, no don't read it again, you fool, you just got the spoiler, it's over, go home, go......I am serious, go read a comic book, read it, go to bed, work, whatever, then go and see Split, this spoiler is coming. The actresses in this film, every single one, Jessica Sula & Haley Lu Richardson, have small parts, but they give it their all for a horror flick. Betty Buckley as the shrink is perfect, but the stand out is Anya Taylor Joy, she is a great character to be stuck with. I should have said the stand out of the supporting characters, because the best of the main characters, is James McAvoy, he acts along himself is a cast of characters stuck in a guy's body. Most actors would have portrayed this in a hokey way or not taken it too seriously because of M Night Shyamalan, but he has proven he can direct an amazing performance, the best performance he has directed, is in this film. McAvoy's split personalities are all so different. He portrays them so wel, whether it be his voice, his posture or his face. His face is glorious, the way he goes from one character to the next is phenomenal, you legit believe these are all different people. The film has an aura of creepiness to it, it looks great, like an artsy exploitation film, or better yet, it is reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs in terms of the aesthetic and in terms of a career defining roll. To me not only is this career making for James McAvoy, but it is also defining for M Night himself. He has directed his masterpiece, and who knew it would be the freaky version of Kimmy Schmidt......seriously, leave now, i gave you the answer. Anyhow, this is indeed his best film easily his best since Unbreakable, but in a rare TWIST, this film is superior. Okay, i just slapped you and you didn't get hurt.....go away. Praying with Anger and Wide Awake were solid films small films but then he came into his own with the Sixth Sense, a great movie, but that is his box office & critical favorite. The cult sensation was Unbreakable, a pre superhero, super hero film, in my mind it was his masterpiece, and now it shares that title, almost like a companion piece. I honestly think Signs is great too, to me it is better than the Sixth Sense, sadly it was his last great film. The Village was intriguing yet lackluster, Lady is the Water looked great but was stupid, speaking of stupid, hello the Happening. The Last Airbender honestly is not as bad as people say, but then again i am not a fan of the source material, yes i know i lost all credibility, fuck off, i have only seen it once, never plan to see it a second time, you know that is bad? After Earth, now that is bad, again looks cool but pretty dull. He decided to go back to non blockbusters, and he did so greatly in the Visit, but it wasn't a great film. Behold his return to greatness! This is tremendous, the way McAvoy runs with the role, the way you fear for the girls, the way the case study makes you think, the horror in the final 10 minutes, the beast being unleashed. McAvoy makes you pity some characters and fear others, the build up to the end is perfect, straight up werewolf film without the werewolf. A film with brains, and heart, the emotion in the flashbacks alone make you hate society and feel fear. The  film has plenty of fear, but non in a jump scare way, but rather in how sick some people are, and not talking about McAvoy, but just "normal" guys and how perverse people are and how bad some kids have it. The brutality of the kills, the flashes of gore and the claustrophobic nature of a certain murder, give it the horror cred.  The ideas body chemistry are incredible, and that final transformation brought the film to a new level, an idea David Cronenberg would love.. By no means is this a slow burn, this is a delicious meal that has that extra punch of flavor in the last bite, but even better because once the meal is done, you find one last bite, and this is a bite you have been wanting for 16 years. Cause once the captured women flick mixed with a psychological drama turns into a full on horror film, it then celebrates it true cinephile geekiness and turns into a superhero film. Now this film was perfect in ever moment i thought, and i loved it but thought, what happens now at the end but was okay not knowing. If there is not a sequel, oh well, but we know there will be one, but even if these characters don't reappear, well maybe atleast one will, will it be the Beast or will it be Casey, i wish for both but accept neither. You see this could be an origin story, a way for us to meet Casey for if she pops up in a sequel to another film, maybe she assists someone against the Beast & the Horde because of her experience with them in this motion picture. Perhaps this is the prequel comic showing how a villain in a possible upcoming non comic book superhero film came to be. Because this film ends, we fade to black, and see the title of the film, we have seen Split, but wait...there's more, this film has a stinger, a stinger that puts it in a universe, do not even consider it part of the film if you don't want to, because our film is all said and done, this stinger is an idea of things to come, things to come from M Night's beautiful mind. It may not be until 2020, but fuck it, i really hope we get Unbreakable 2, but if we don't, then the singer here, makes up for it. M Night has long gestured a sequel, and in a way, it was announced here, that we will see the Beast take on David Dunn! How do we know this, because brace your pretty ass up, after you see this amazing film, the stinger fucking drops us smack dad into Dunn eating at a diner, this film & Unbreakable are in the same universe, mother fuckers, we might be getting Unbreakable 2!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Invitation

Here is a film, i mainly discovered through the Alamo Drafthouse, the trailer was intriguing but i never felt the desire to see it. Upon seeing it on plenty of top 10 lists i figured i need to see it before i make up my own list. The first 45 minutes is a super slow burn, yet it is keeps an uneasy aesthetic the entire time. The second half is pure mayhem, blood, creepiness, intensity.  This is a perfect small scale genre film, if you have netflix, check it out!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Darren Lynn Bousman Double Bill. Devil's Carnival 2 & Abattoir

A decade ago Darren Lynn Bousman was a director to watch, he was knocking out the Saws films, gave us Repo The Genetic Opera, and brought us some highly underrated films such ass 11 11 11, Mothers Day & even The Barrens. The same year as the Barrens he gave us his masterpiece, the Devil's Carnival, sadly since then, his work has stalled out, sure there are anthologies such as Tales of Halloween, but i think doing so many projects at one time got to him, and in doing so not everything would work. Abattoir is a solid film, one of his best honestly, yet it feels like such a director for hire project. His musicals are where he succeeds but sadly i think he took too long to get the sequel to the Devil's Carnival, years ago the fan base was small yet rabid, now it was released with little fan fair, the film itself is longer but feels empty. I hope the supposed final chapter is all out insanity and feels the film Bousman wanted to give us.

Killjoy Psycho Circus

I grew up loving Full Moon, the Puppet Master films in particular, as a teen i was huge on Killjoy! It excited me to get a new chapter, especially since Full Moon has been less than stellar in recent years. and to my surprise this is easily the finest Killjoy since first. It is not a perfect film it is not a good film, but it is a fun flick, it is Full Moon, but Full Moon being the type of film Full Moon should be.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wiener Dog

Todd Solondz is a weird one to talk about, his films are good, but nothing i love, some say he is a modern John Waters, i see the connection but they are worlds apart. His latest, does remind me of Waters, when Waters decided to do less edge, to expand. Wiener Dog has alot of heart, it is a super cute film, with a great cast, easily Solondz most refreshing, and possibly his best film since Welcome to the Dollhouse!

Martin Scorsese Ranked

Silence has finally hit a wide release, but more importantly, Silence has finally come to theatres, nay, Silence has finally been made. For about 30 years, Maty has been wanting to make this film, he finally has realized his dream and his passion project has finally been released. Here is a ranking of my favorite films of his, not including shorts or documentaries.

1. Taxi Driver
One of my favorite films of all time, one of the definitive films of the 70s, Robert DeNiro's best work

2. The Departed
Possibly the second best film of the 00's, behind Children of Men that came out the same year, and one of the few remakes that outdoes the original.

3. Shutter Island
Scorsese is perfect for horror, he needs to do more of it. I saw this at a very bad time in my life and it helped me out of a funk.
4. Goodfellas
As far as decade bests go, i have to put Goodfellas on the top 5, if not best of the 90s.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street
The single best film of 2013, so fucking funny, but still has the fucked up Scorsese feel to it. Leo has never been better!

6. Raging Bull
Only to Rocky, the best boxing film ever made!
7. Mean Streets
Outside of Taxi Driver, this is what i think of when i imagine vintage Scorsese.

8. Casino
Quentin Tarantino might get all of the 90s crime acclaim, but imagine the 90s without this or Goodfellas, Tarantino would just be known as a guy that made two great films reminiscent of the 70s, with these two here, it made the 90s an amazing time to love crime.

9. Hugo
Perfect love letter to early cinema.
10. Silence
His latest, one that upon viewing the trailer doesn't resemble a piece of his work, but upon seeing it, i beg the differ, this is pure Scorsese, violence, subtle humor, great acting,  needs more attention, far better than Manchester By The Sea.

11. Cape Fear
Scorsese knows how to do a solid remake, this here is just as good, if not better than the original.

12. Gangs of New York
I had seen Taxi  Driver, Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull & Cape Fear, but seeing this helped me discover the early body of work, soon after i watched Mean Streets.

 13. The Aviator
Was stoked when this first came out, but didn't love it, it has grown on me since.

14. The Last Temptation of Christ
This is one of his BEST films, i love the concept & themes, highly controversial then, i can only imagine it now a days.
15. After Hours
One of his lightest & funnest.

16.  Boxcar Bertha
Another vintage Scorsese piece.

 17. The King of Comedy
Possibly his most underrated work, hell even by me.

 18 The Color of Money
A sequel many do not think of as a sequel, but one that is better then the predecessor.
 19. New York, New York
Marty loves Music, his films are littered in great soundtracks, this film shows the love he has for the art of music!
 20. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Lighter fair, yet solid work.
 21. Who's That Knocking at My Door
I put this along with Alice has more of his solid yet lighter work, before crime took over.

22. Bringing Out the Dead
Highly underrated film of his, might feel like a director for hire project, but there is more to it than that.

23 The Age of Innocence
I hate that this is so far down of the list, it is one he wrote, just didn't have as much heart behind it.

24. Kundun
A gorgeous film, but his dullest.

Live By Night

Ben Affleck had an amazing directorial run, for his first three films he kept topping the previous film. Gone Baby Gone was a solid debut, his follow up was the Town and that showed he had more chops, it was a pretty intense crime flick, bigger in scope and a tighter film. With Argo, he blew them all out of the water. It is a masterpiece, in every capacity, he waited four years for his next picture, and he had huge shoes to fill. I think most critics new that, yet a lot still seem to to have gone in wanting more. I  think Argo will always be his masterpiece, i didn't expect Live By Night to top it, in terms of enjoyment or artistry. I went in, just wanting a good film, and i got that. There are a few moments at the end that could have been cut or trimmed up a bit, but over all it was great. Affleck knows how to do crime films, this was a great story of a man stuck in a mob war, and deals alot with race relations, legalization, and making your own path. Affleck is an intelligent man, and made an intelligent film, a film that also happens to have some brilliant gangster violence. I honestly would put this as his second best and my second favorite of his. It is no Argo, it could never be, but this is a great Crime film.