Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two Lives

This German/Norwegian drama is written wonderfully & acted extremely well all around - a poignant story. 4/5

Two Lives on Netflix

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Countess

Delphy's opus is interesting & tells a well rounded story but is weak in the acting department. Good, not great. 3/5

The Countess on Netflix

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Eyes Without a Face

This classic French thriller is certainly creepy & eerie but not quite as potent as I had expected. 3/5

Eyes Without a Face on Netflix

Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel

It's simply actually. Either you like Wes Anderson movies or you don't. I liked early Anderson but have grown tired & very annoyed at his mid-to-late absurdist comedy. I don't enjoy it, I don't find it amusing or endearing, and I'm certainly tired of his directorial style. This latest film was wittier than most but still ludicrous in that way that simply annoys me. It gets a half a star for the humor though and for Fiennes' performance, which I truly enjoyed. 3.5/5

The Grand Budapest Hotel on Netflix

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Devil's Hand

A perfectly average horror flick/thriller although I did like the ending, which was exactly what I hoped for. 3/5

The Devil's Hand on Netflix

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Theory of Everything

I've still to write about "Birdman" and "Whiplash", but I'm finding this review considerably easier. If one sat down to design a movie to attract Oscar attention, if one tried to distill everything conventionally seen as "Oscar worthy", one would produce this movie. All of the tropes about what types of films win Oscars are present and accounted for here. They are all done exceptionally well, don't get me wrong. Redmayne is as exceptional as he's ever been, and Jones is positively luminous throughout. But it's just so expected, so ordinary a film, so utterly and completely Oscar bait that I found myself drifting. This is as safe of a film as one can make in Hollywood, and, in good conscience, I can no longer award such safety with glittery awards. And as good as Redmayne was (and he truly was exceptional, let's make no mistake there), I cannot see his performance being better or more tranformative than Scott Haze in "Child of God" or James McAvoy in "Filth". Neither of whom, of course, were nominated, because "Child of God" and "Filth" were most certainly not safe films. So my review of "The Theory of Everything" boils down to it's good, but far too safe and basic to garner award notice from me. 4/5

The Theory of Everything on Netflix

Friday, March 20, 2015

Talk to Her

I'm on the fence with this. It was interesting & provocative but not quite the showstopper I expected. 3/5

Talk to Her on Netflix

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Heatstroke

The acting in this action thriller was just terrible and the script was nearly as bad. A waste of time. 2/5

Heatstroke on Netflix

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Skin I Live In

This Pedro Almodóvar thriller is seriously disturbed, I love how the story is slowly revealed. Twisted. 4/5

The Skin I Live In on Netflix

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The non-linear structure of this film is perfection, it's tragedy is almost magical. And also, I am now desperate for the music in this film to be on my iPod. Loved this so much, I cried so hard. Exquisite. 5/5

The Broken Circle Breakdown on Netflix

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What Richard Did

The great acting & interesting dilemma of the story is undermined by lack of development of character & plot. 3/5

What Richard Did on Netflix

Monday, March 9, 2015

Vernon, Florida

This Morris documentary is strange - there is no focus or story to it, it's just odd people telling tales. 2/5

Vernon, Florida on Netflix

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Lesser Blessed

This was a solid story but the acting by the leads was mediocre. With stronger acting it would be a 4. 3/5

The Lesser Blessed on Netflix