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My Week With Film

by BrettR
Well. This week was by far the best week I have ever experienced being a film buff and avid moviegoer. Yes, I have seen better films than the one’s I have watched this past week, but never have I seen so many great ones in a short amount of time. The Cinema was my “HOME” this week and I will never forget it. Well onto my reviews and my week day by day. Sunday November 6, 2011 MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE 5 Stars What a movie to start off the week with. Bleak, cold, reminescent of the book Helter Skelter that I am currently reading, this film exceeded my expectations with the parallel backstory/modern time narrative. Just creepy enough to cause… Read more

Well.

This week was by far the best week I have ever experienced being a film buff and avid moviegoer. Yes, I have seen better films than the one’s I have watched this past week, but never have I seen so many great ones in a short amount of time. The Cinema was my “HOME” this week and I will never forget it. Well onto my reviews and my week day by day.

Sunday November 6, 2011
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE 5 Stars
What a movie to start off the week with. Bleak, cold, reminescent of the book Helter Skelter that I am currently reading, this film exceeded my expectations with the parallel backstory/modern time narrative. Just creepy enough to cause a stir but dramatic enough to keep from being campy, Elizabeth Olsen gave a commanding performance and I really want her for my future short film. I particularly loved the ending and thought there wasn’t one scene that didn’t fit.

Monday November 7, 2011
THE SKIN I LIVE IN 5 Stars
WOW. After deciding to go solo to the Mayan Theatre in Downtown Denver for a 4PM showing I was not disappointed. I love the way Almodovar uses Color and women in his films. He has a way of showing acts and scenes in a way that if another director did you would be disgusted. He uses the camera as a telescope into the mind of the “Weird” and “Obtuse.” The way this movie conveyed a tragic and sick story with such intense performances and beautiful imagery I wanted to see more once it finished. The ending again was pretty damn amazing, shocking, and blew me away. Cant wait until your next film Almodovar.

Wednesday November 9, 2011
SHAME 5 Stars
Don’t worry I’m not giving every movie five stars on this list, but Shame is definitely my favorite of the bunch. From the opening sequence you are thrusted into the world that McQueen has so deliberately put forth for us to witness. Fassbender is an addict. Sex? no. Pleasure? Yes. Usually pleasure = good but this movie shows the reality of pleasure. The darkness of pleasure. The cinematography was outstanding. McQueen uses long shots and scenes that keeps persistent attention and evokes a reaction of disgust to this world of New York City and the characters that dwell within. Theres a scene as Fassbender steps outside for a jog while listening to classical music and his footsteps are in line with the music. Its the only scene where he removes himself from the constraints of his “world” and then steps right back into it. Bravo Fassbender and McQueen. Bravo.

Friday November 11, 2011
Immortals 4 Stars
4 Stars? Really? Why yes, want to know why, because sometimes its nice to sit back and enjoy a straightforward plot with breathtaking visuals. In my book Tarsem Singh is 3 for 3. The Cell, the Fall ,and Immortals are all movies that play to my heart and what I love about film. He said for Immortals, “He considered only doing medium shots, but that proved impossible with the action scenes. He cites Renaissance paintings as an influence on the visual style (one scene is inspired the Sistine chapel).” The scenes were beautiful and the Art direction was amazing. There were some great action battle scenes here and there and it was extremely violent but the layout of the frame in every single scene was carefully crafted and executed. I loved it and it was a great segway to the last films of the week.

Saturday November 12, 2011 11:00 AM
J. Edgar 2 Stars
I thought this would at least be intriguing but for 2 hours and 10 minutes I was bored. DiCaprio does a great job but the story and the way in which the film was written made J. Edgar out to be a jackass who lived with his mother and was bi-sexual. The cinematography was cold, the editing lazy, and the makeup on Edgars friend was horrific. I liked Gran Torino, Invictus was ok, Hereafter was good, but this was an all time low for Eastwood. I don’t recommend it as you will most likely never see it.

Saturday November 12, 2011 8 P.M.
The Artist 5 Stars
After drinking a delicious Oak Aged Yeti and having a wonderful sandwich, we headed to the Opera House for the Closing Night Film The Artist. I can say, be jealous you didn’t see it here. Watching this ode to cinema in an opera house was the PERFECT setting and one that most likely will never be duplicated anywhere else. I had a minor with my college degree in film studies and silent films were a classic love of mine that I grew into. The Artist was no doubt an amazing love letter to classic cinema and provided a step back in time for the audience. It was funny, sad, and engaging the whole way and is a feat in itself to how technical it had to be to look like an old silent film. Go see it if you can, you won’t regret it.

Sunday November 13, 2011 Noon
Butter 3 Stars
Funny, crude, racist, Iowa. This film was actually quite funny and did well with its simple premise. An obvious parallel to politics in the U.S. the film uses Butter carving contests as a metaphor for how ridiculous politics has become in this day and age. Rob Corddry is hilarious as ever, and Jennifer Garner does a good job as well. Not to mention Ty Burrell is in it, and Olivia Wilde as a stripper making out with Ashley Greene. Again a good break in between serious films.

Sunday November 13,2011 2:30
A Dangerous Method 3 Stars
After taking a quick break, A Dangerous Method started. I must have had high expectations because it seemed like a VERY toned down Cronenberg. The whole time I was watching it I was looking for a story arc. Some pivotal moment that would set the tone for the rest of the film. I never found it, and then the movie ended. Not sure what to think about it although it did have some good performances except for Keira Knightley’s belligerently annoying crazy woman in the beginning of the movie.

Well that was my week. Pretty amazing. Looking forward to Melancholia, Into the Abyss, Hugo, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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