Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Perfect love letter to early cinema.
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.
A gorgeous film, but his dullest.
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.