I found this tedious and maudlin until the final act got going. It got better from there, but not enough to save the movie overall. I can see how many people would get hit by it emotionally, but I just didn't feel it, finding the character work too thin, the structure undermining to the overall… Continue reading Sarah’s Key
Movies that try to delve into the psychology of sociopathic killers have an inherent issue that distances the work from the audience. It's not, actually, that the audience can't connect with a killer, it's that the movie usually has little to actually say about the state of being a killer. Even Ingmar Bergman hit this… Continue reading The Killer Inside Me
This feels like is should have been an early Hitchcock film that fit in easily with the parts of his filmography that he's famous for like The Wrong Man or North by Northwest, but Murder!'s story of one man alone without being able to call the police is really weirdly built. It also contains some… Continue reading Murder!
#5 in my ranking of the Die Hard franchise. I'm not one to demand that films in a franchise adhere to the conventions and formula of those that preceded it, so the fifth entry in the Die Hard franchise doing stuff like going to Russia and essentially becoming a spy action thriller don't bother me.… Continue reading A Good Day to Die Hard
#1 in my ranking of the Die Hard franchise. Unpopular movie opinion: Live Free or Die Hard is the best Die Hard movie. It's the only one that makes a series attempt at a thematic point. It's not about some deep relationship between the viewer and the world, or even the viewer and movies, but… Continue reading Live Free or Die Hard
There are two major things to think about when trying to parse In Time. The first is the basic building blocks of story, the plot, characters, and structure. The second is the metaphor. Normally something like a metaphor wouldn't take a huge spot in analysis because it's usually not that prominent, but with In Time,… Continue reading In Time
#10 in my Ranking of John McTiernan films. I was with this movie for maybe two-thirds of it. I wasn't quite loving it, but I was going along with the twisting narrative and contradictory stories well enough. It was a lesser version of Kurosawa's Rashomon, but it worked. And then it took the twists into… Continue reading Basic