My regular post to clear the cache. Here’s one sentence on a lot of films that I’ve seen over the last year. Some of these are truly great (i.e The Wonders); I just didn’t have the time/wherewithal to post on them.
Blind (Vogt, 2014)
Fantastic concept (recently blind woman is paranoid that her husband is actually coming, silently, home during the day while she is also there) ruined by resorting to an uninteresting film (well, book, actually)-within-a-film concept.
Macbeth (Kurzel, 2015)
Heavy, doom-laden, grimly beautiful adaptation that is sometimes a bit too bleak for its own good, Justin Kurzel’s follow-up to his awesome Snowtown Murders still marks him as someone to keep watching.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015)
I’m not a huge fan of the director or the series, so nostalgia and fanboy elements notwithstanding, this film was fine and popcorny, though Adam Driver that steals the show and makes the next ones worth checking out.
Iris (Maysles, 2014)
Notable if for no other reason, for being Albert Maysles’ second-to-last film, Iris is endearing, though it’s hard for me to stomach the fashion industry for too long.
The Pope of Greenwich Village (Rosenberg, 1984)
Very watchable 80s flick that features a super over-the-top performance from Eric Roberts, but Mickey Rourke doing some of his best work.
The Bank Job (Donaldson, 2008)
I watched it because I love heist films, and I’ll never get that time back.
Queen of Earth (Perry, 2015)
A little too close to Polanski (or actually: Repulsion + Interiors + Persona) for me, there are great performances here, and a nice menacing promise of violence, but ultimately there are some logic issues (don’t you just kick Rich (Patrick Fugit) out, for example?), and the last flashback makes Katherine Waterston’s Virginia just make cheaply vindictive.
Best of Enemies (Gordon, Neville, 2015)
Nice, brisk documentary on Gore v. Buckley that’s funny and informative – a combo that’s easier said than done.
The Wonders (Rohrwacher, 2014)
One of the best films I saw last year, this one is so unique and gorgeous: http://www.popoptiq.com/the-wonders-is-beautifully-allusive-and-elusive/
The Big Short (McKay, 2015)
Another favorite from last year, this film is really well-cut, funny (when sometimes it shouldn’t be), and shows some bold choices from the director – one of which is the lack of wide shots, which bothered me throughout, though the film does open up in the last 15 minutes.