Some films have that special something, and some films seem like they stepped in something. Allow me to help you know the difference, and maybe find you something good to watch.
I’m still waiting to see Jeunet and Caro’s TALENTED SPIVET film, and the same goes for Gondry’s MOOD INDIGO. No word on SPIVET, but I think MOOD just got picked up by Alamo Drafthouse films, so we should see something soon.
Wong Kar Wei’s THE GRANDMASTER was really good. The fight scenes were elegant and gorgeous to watch, although the film as a whole seemed to suffer from an editing problem, as in some things just didn’t flow right. From what I understand, he had enough film shot to make a 17 hour film, and so some things had to be cut. Still a really good movie, and necessary watching if you’re into martial arts films, and the whole Ip Man saga.
I still haven’t seen ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE nor BYZANTIUM, although BYZ is out, I’ve just missed it. ONLY LOVERS should be coming out on disc soon, and I’ve heard really good things about that.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES was as amazing as I thought it would be. I wrote a review on it here.
Inside LLEWYN DAVIS was good, I enjoyed it, but considering it is a Coen Brothers’ film, it was a little lacking. It was a bit depressing and in the end I just wanted a little more from it. Still good though, and the music was fantastic.
UPSTREAM COLOR was brilliant! Yes it was puzzling and obfuscating, but I would rather it be too clever than too vapid. Great cinematography, great spin on a sci-fi story. You need to pay attention, and you need to like endings that are open to interpretation, but this was great.
P.T. Anderson’s INHERENT VICE is something I think we’ll be waiting on for a while.
Spike Lee’s OLDBOY was pretty good, I thought, but like the majority of unnecessary American remakes of brillliant foreign films (Let Me In, Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo, 13, etc), it doesn’t hold a candle to the original. But I was expecting a trainwreck, and Lee actually made a highly stylized dark thriller. Good for you, Spike Lee!
And lastly, 47 RONIN, which I wrote a review on. Read it here.
Up next: Part 2 Revisited!