"Domino" + "Fargo" + inspired lunacy =
"The harsh reality of the current zeitgeist offers little room for the beauty of the elongated moment" – Gawie Keyser on the reception of De Palma's work
This is totally ridiculous in every way. Loved it!
Fearless exploration of the unknown is the ultimate release.
"The Lady's Men" is a triumph. Here Besson uses all his pop instincts to provide phenomenal blocking/staging/editing, as good as any. It all leads to a stunning shake-up of the biopic genre turned into a heartfelt family separation drama heightened by dangerous politics and the distance of half a world.
30 Years the World Is Yours 1983-2013
His photography (as in behind the camera) is quite amazing: http://www.fotop.net/Gma/Moving_Pictures/
Needs more twists. LOL.
Phew. I'm ready for "Monty Python's Kung Fu". This was a strangely and gloriously compelling farce, but nothing like the inspired masterpiece "Ashes of Time".
Premise was based on him "being good at what he does", but we never saw why it was so. Very strange.
Film stars slide from persona to persona and back to their directionless emptiness. Delicious witty visuals make this a seductive breeze to watch. Great Monty Python lite absurdist humour. De nada.
Ugly and unwatchable indie abomination.
"Transformers" – Bay does Spielberg; "Transformers 2" – Bay does Bay; "Transformers 3" – Studio does Bay.
Overrated. I stopped watching this after the first hour (!) of exposition.
“When you’re a filmmaker you have to remain so very close to your youthful ideals, to the things that you have been. You’re sometimes stuck with yourself when you’re an artist. You keep those ideals inside yourself for some reason, and [you] keep on replaying and replaying the same situation of your youth” – Olivier Assayas – http://cinentransit.com/pasado-presente-y-futuro-de-la-teen-movie/#yy
"Now, cities are digitalized. The director no longer travels, he uses a hard drive. Suddenly, all places are alike. Yet, if a film does not maintain a strong connection to a place, it becomes impossible to watch. " – Brian De Palma, 2013
This blistering ride rediscovers fun in action cinema and laughs at the illusions of pacifists in the USA. It's all about guns and money and surprisingly, some of the biggest LOL moments we've witnessed in a cinema theatre ever. Even though it's not the best of KJW as he is carefully studying the situation here and imposing certain limitations, none of that hurts the film.
It's not perfect, but it's just Right. Welcome back, master Walter Hill!
Dark, savage urbanism never looked this great with every shot a neon oil painting. Fantastic upbeat soundtrack, aggressive editing, gritty youth-culture atmosphere and wonderful minimalistic characterisation. "The Warriors" bloomed into a full musical makes for the most memorable gang film until "Crows Zero".
The ending is major, "Hugo"-grade condescending bullshit (see Kiarostami for meditations on storytelling), but the super-masterful blocking & editing at sea is undeniable.
Impossible to find anywhere. MUBI, please acquire it, thanks!
The mysterious ways through all the "Isms" you must go through in order to finally reach "Humanism".
The seams between essay and entertainment are still showing, but his style has matured greatly, as seen on those exhilarating widescreen compositions. It's dynamite filmmaking throughout with very important cultural/social/anthropologic issues and the most shocking writhing bodies since "Alien".
Remember the poignant cross-cutting between reporting of victims and issuing revenge targets in "Munich"? This isn't like that. This is senseless rubbish.
Mumblecore of misery.
The only disturbing thing about him is that "career-engineering" nonsense.
Seeing HHH in a glossy studio-lit photo is so strange. He is a wobbly street spirit.
A new quote from my favourite DP: “To shoot on digital instead of film stock is like being asked to paint with a ball-point pen instead of a brush.”