Archive | February, 2012

Review of Goodfellas (1990)

27 Feb

Goodfellas (1990) is a Biography/Drama/Crime film, that is an adaptation of a non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. The film follows Henry Hill and his crime associates over a period from 1955 to 1980.

Directed by Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver (1976), Mean Streets (1973)), who often makes movies portraying crime.

Written by Martin Scorcese (I Call First (1967), The Age of Innocence (1993)) and the author of the book Nicholas Pileggi (Casino (1995), City Hall (1996)):

Starring: Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Sivero, Christopher Serrone, Joe D’Onofrio and others.

Not every movie can pull off freeze frames and voice overs, but this one definitely does.

We follow the life of a gangster from his youth, when he’s trying to be one, up until the end where he is some other thing, which I won’t spoil. This is basically summarized by the very famous quote „As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a gangster”, which is said by Ray Liotta, who plays the main character, but from time to time is shown in his teenage years. Both the kid actors for him and Pesci’s character are pretty good.

Speaking of Joe Pesci, he really gets to shine here, going all out and playing a total maniac. He totally deserved the Oscar he got. Scorcese just knows how to use the guy. The character is a total mental case, as the movie goes on, he becomes more and more short-tempered, like in a restaurant, when Ray Liotta tells him he’s funny, he acts like he’s insulted and asks in what way he’s funny to the point where you think he’s going to pull out a gun, but it turns out it is a joke. A little later in the film and he actually would.

Although it is a bit fractured in the narrative, since it goes over a very long period, the movie is incredibly fluid, well paced and you can get lost in the great story, it is a fun watch.

Wish De Niro had more screen time, but oddly his character is not very interesting, he is kind of passive, but I found him enjoyable nonetheless.

There is one amazing tracking shot and I as most film fans absolutely love them, they’re really sort of hypnotizing, you feel pulled in the film, since that is a lot closer to the way you actually see things, sadly you don’t enjoy a conversation or a walk from multiple angles.

Punches look really painful in this move and that’s not even mentioning the instance when Liotta punches a guy several times with a gun in his hand, that’s just brutal.

I think this movie has both Pesci’s and Liotta’s best performances on film. Although I’ve never really thought of him much seeing his other movies, but I’ve always found his eyes rather trademarkable, because his eye color is very light blue and has the kind of eyelashes that are so full that it looks like he’s wearing eyeliner, you know, like Nestor Carbonel.

Also has a very young Kevin Corrigan in a small role. Just saying. There’s really nothing more to say about that. Umm… the soundtrack is full of great songs!

Martin Scorcese just knows how to do Italian-American movies.

Overall, a great movie, recommended for everyone, a late gangster film classic.

Pictured: A guy you don't want to call funny, even though his shirt kinda is. (seriously though, that's a pretty cool shirt)

Review of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

25 Feb

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) is a horror/slasher/thriller film and the fifth entry in the Friday the 13th franchise.

Directed by Danny Steinmann (Savage Streets (1984), The Unseen (1980)).

Written by Martin Kitrosser (Rain (2003), Facing the Enemy (2001)) and David Cohen (Hollywood Zap (1986), The Treasure (1990)).

Starring: Shavar Ross, Marco St. John, Richard Young, Juliette Cummins, Carol Locatell, Debi Sue Voorhees and others.

Tommy Jarvis from the previous movie is like a teenager in this, so I guess this movie takes place somewhere in the early 90’s.

Sometimes teenagers in horror movies are acting weird. A redneck woman threatens to shoot them on sight, but they just laugh at that. I’d be pretty sure I don’t want to sneak into her territory. Of course the hillbillies just have to be these totally ridiculous parodies, although I must admit that they did make me laugh a bit.

I suppose you could justify the horrible characters by pointing out they’re all patients of rehabilitation institution or whatever they are in.

Then we get some characters who appear only to be killed and one of them is a guy who decides to take a shit so he walks through a forest to do that for what seems like forever in cinema-time. 

Ironically there’s an actress named Debi  Sue Voorhees in this movie and she both gets a cool death and has what are considered the best breasts in the series.

It’s sort of a spoiler, but not really, Jason isn’t the killer. It’s a guy impersonating Jason, so as you know this the movie becomes kind of a (bad) whodunnit, I guess, I didn’t pay enough attention and didn’t know who it was until they revealed it. Also the Jason impostor is really channelling Jason, because he’s strong as shit. He can easily break down doors and everything.

A goth/punk (?) chick does some robot dancing in her room, nope, the movie hasn’t aged one bit. Also „Jason” doesn’t enjoy it either.

One of the characters does the usual horror cliché „run, stumble, fall, take a long time to get up” routine, with emphasis on the not getting up part, so „Jason” just walks up to her.

Most of the kids don’t really do anything bad during the movie, yet they get killed, but two of them die after taking shits, so maybe there’s some message.

One unintentionally hilarious instance is when at the end we see a newspaper that has a photo of Jason in it. Who the fuck took the photo?

I don’t think it’s as bad as it is considered, they took a risk with the concept, it’s just that it was a stupid risk and they should’ve guessed won’t work out well.

Overall, not very good, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, since even the later Friday the 13th films ignore this one.

Pictured: Debi Sue Voorhees after having a staring contest with Cyclops from X-Men.

Review of The Grey (2012)

22 Feb

The Grey (2012) is a thriller/drama/adventure film, based on the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers.

Directed by Joe Carnahan (The A-Team (2010), Smokin’ Aces (2006)).

Written by Joe Carnahan (Pride and Glory (2008), Ticker (2002)) and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (Death Sentence (2007)).

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo and others.

We start out with Liam Neeson (who works as a professional wolf-shooter) writing a suicide note and then he’s about to shoot himself, but he does not. I know it sounds like spoilers, but it happens like 5 minutes into the movie and would you really think that he’s going to go through with it? He’s the main character, of course he’s not going to die 5 minutes in.

So he goes on a plane with a bunch of men who work at the oil rig he is securing from wolves. Obviously he’s the cool, silent outcast. So in a classic bad-ass on a plane scenario when a guy on a plane starts talking to him, he replies  something like „Listen pal, I just want to get some sleep, I want silence” with emphasis on „pal” as in „you’re not my pal”.

So Neeson’s character Ottway falls asleep and doesn’t notice a plane shaking like Michael J. Fox’s hands, a dozen of guys freaking out and yelling or that he’s forgotten to put on a jacket in case he wakes up lying face-down in snow and that is exactly what happens. So he helps some of the alive men and they shelter in the crashed airplane.

As if the snow, cold and a bunch of bitchy guys weren’t enough, it turns out there’s some big-ass wolves hanging around. So the rest of the movie is the survivors trying to protect themselves from the wolves as they are picked off one by one.

If you watched the trailer and thought it’s going to be Taken set in a snow-storm, this movie is definitely not that and Neeson does not go around punching the shit out of the mean doggies.That being said Neeson still is pretty bad-ass here as the unofficial leader of the group of survivors.

Neeson gives a good performance, highlight being him having a little dialogue with God, and also all the other actors are pretty good as well, they are all actual characters and not just walking dog-food.

The writing is very good for what could have been a simple „survival in extreme conditions” thriller. It explores themes like faith, death, acceptance, values and so on, except I wish it had started earlier and gone deeper, so the points presented left me wanting more exploration. On the other hand it’s better to get less and want more, than get unnecessarily much.

Roger Ebert said in his review that after this film he went to another, but walked out because it wouldn’t be fair to the other film and I must say I felt something similar. I walked out of it, unsure of how I felt, I wanted to sit down and think about it for a while and every time a movie makes me feel like this, I consider it a worthwhile experience.

Overall, a solid, good film, I wouldn’t call it anything too brilliant, but it is worth seeing, definitely recommended for all tastes.

Pictured: the point where I would shit my pants and let the wolf eat me.

Review of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

20 Feb

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) is a slasher/horror/thriller film, it’s the fourth entry in the Friday the 13th franchise and was at the time meant to be the final one.

Directed by Joseph Zito (Abduction (1975), Red Scorpion (1988)), who is known mostly for various B-movies.

Written by Barney Cohen (Stunts (1977), French Quarter (1978)).

Starring: Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, Lawrence Monoson, Crispin Glover, Judie Aronson and others.

As usual we get a little recap of the previous movies and then we see Jason shipped to the morgue. Why are the morticians in movies always either frigid weirdos or over sexed creeps? Since this is a B-horror movie we get the latter one. Of course Jason doesn’t stay dead for long.

Then we’re introduced to our group of teenagers and I get the best surprise I’ve gotten through all the Friday the 13th films. Crispin Glover is in this. I just love the guy, I could watch him do anything. I could watch him, oh I don’t know, almost kick David Letterman in the face… oh, yeah, I’ve seen that. Or I could watch him doing some of the weirdest, epilepsy inspired dance moves since Ian Curtis from Joy Division, which is what you get in this movie.

Then we see that Jason’s back in town! This is tastefully portrayed by him stabbing a random fat banana-eating hitchhiker chick in the neck. Obviously.

We also get our Hollywood reject Corey Feldman as a little kid, who is mostly ok, except when he sees some people making-out, because then he does some kind of bizarre rape seizure in his bed. He also makes different masks and I don’t really believe a kid could do that, because they look both fucking expensive and industrially made.

In this one there is way more nudity than in any of the previous movies. I don’t mind that, as one would imagine.  At one point they even start watching some 20’s porn for no particular reason. Maybe just to kill the guy who didn’t have sex to make a statement about how bad is porn and/or masturbating. But by this logic they also condemn fat hitchhikers eating a banana in an oddly erotic manner. To think about it, it sort of makes sense.

And the killings are fucking brutal in this one. So gratuitous nudity and real massacre does a good slasher movie make. Tom Savini returned to do the effects and they look great.

Also there’s more people than just some teenagers, there’s the kid, his mom, a Jason-hunter.

As with the previous one, the events doesn’t even take place on a friday or the 13th. Thankfully this film doesn’t seem like you’re watching the same movie again.

Intended as the end of the series, but ended up way too successful, so we got a shitload more. I’m not complaining.

Overall, this might be my second favourite Friday the 13th, maybe after the original. It’s fun, gory, has nudity and Crispin Glover, it’s what you want an 80’s slasher to be. Recommended to mostly horror fans and could be a good introduction to the series.

Pictured: Jason loving little boys just like a catholic priest, you know... in the ass.

Review of Freaks (1932)

17 Feb

Freaks (1932) is a horror/drama film, that actually used real sideshow performers as actors.

Directed by Tod Browning (Dracula (1931), Mark of the Vampire (1935)), best known for directing the horror classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi.

Based on Tod Robbins’ short story Spurs.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Harry Earles, Daisy  Earles and others.

We open up to a text crawl. Already I feel almost like I’m watching Star Wars and, to be fair, that had it’s fair share of freaks as well. But still it doesn’t prepare you for what you’re about to see.

I’m a person that can watch horror movies where a person’s mouths are stitched to another person’s anus or a guy is raping a recently decapitated girl, but seeing real disfigured people really ”freaks” me out (see what I did there?) so I just don’t get why people ever wanted to go see some freaks at the circus.

I mean a lot of people call horror films perverse and sick, but the thing about them is that they’re fake, so you know the actors are safe, you are safe and there’s little probability of getting yourself into a real life slasher film scenario. However, when I hear someone telling me that they stubbed their toe and the nail came off, well that shit makes me cringe.

And in this film, although the plot is fictional all the disfigured people are real circus performers and that I find disturbing. And I’m torn about the reasons why. Because, while I do feel sorry for them, I also kind of find them disgusting and at the same time don’t want them to be shunned from society. Since I knew this is incredibly not-PC, I’ll stop right there.

So what we get is an incredibly mean-spirited story about a guy with some sort of midget-type disease (this is the medical term for it) and a good-looking completely normal woman who tries to scam him. From this we get the hilariously inappropriate tagline „Can a full-grown woman truly love a midget?”, the answer turns out to be no.

While the movie is very mean, it’s not really demeaning to the „freaks” , yet it also doesn’t present them as the most pleasant people to have around, their little society resembles more of a bizarre cult, than a quiet group of just regular people. I mean sitting around a table and chanting „one of us, one of us, gooble gobble, gooble gobble!” isn’t really a normal thing to do. Also the scene by the end where the freaks are crawling through mud in a storm, attacking people, while a powerful image doesn’t really portray them as nice people.

The acting is decent for an early 30’s „horror” flick.

I’d say this just might be the most disturbing 1930’s movie. Allegedly a woman claimed to have had a miscarriage from seeing this film, which is hilarious. But really I’d say this film should be rated R, because if I saw it as a kid, I’d have nightmares and most 13-year-olds would misinterpret this movie. Although, even I don’t get what this movie is trying to say, you’d think it would say freaks are just people like us, but here it seems like they’re really not.

Overall, I don’t even know. It’s a decent movie, but I don’t know if I’d recommend this to anyone, if you want something along similar themes I’d suggest choosing The Elephant Man.  But it is a peculiar piece of cinema history.

To be fair, all group photos tend to be a bit wacky.

Review of Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

14 Feb

Friday the 13th Part III (1982) is a horror/slasher/thriller film and the third entry in the Friday the 13th franchise.

Directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), House (1986)), that’s right, he also directed the previous one.

Written by Carol Watson (Meatballs Part II (1984), South Park (1997 TV)) and Marti Kitrosser (Meatballs Part II (1984), Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker (1991)), who later on wrote the fifth entry in the series.

Starring: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, David Katims, Larry Zerner and others.

We start of with an idiotic title song, that doesn’t fit the movie at all.

And then we get the usual flashes of the previous movie and then we also get a little intro, so that’s 15 minutes before seeing any of the main characters.

They were really going for the 3D effects. I love this sort of gimmicky 3D, but if the shots don’t make sense when you strip them of the 3D, then you’re really forcing it. I mean, it really is ridiculous, when there’s a yo-yo going towards the camera or the camera is looking straight into some popcorn popping or an interesting instance when a weed joint is passed from hand to hand right past the camera so it sort of would seem like it is given to someone in the audience, but to me it just looked like a badly done and pointless shot of passing a joint. Of course there’s some good ones too, like when Jason takes one guy’s head and presses it so hard his skull crushes and an eye pops out towards us. That was awesome.

It’s painfully cheesy at times. A lot of those times thanks to that annoying nerdy kid, who wears masks because he’s… well, ugly and does some practical jokes with fake blood. So it seems to me that it’s what the filmmakers think horror fans are like.

Then there’s a few too many jumpscares that turn out to not to be Jason. It’s like „Yes, here I am just standing around naked and I hear some rustling leaves, so I quickly turn around [blasting music cue TA-DAH!], oh, it was just a midget lying in a huge bowl of corn flakes. Ok, back to being naked.”

Jason Voorhees this time finds a hockey mask and an icon is born. And I really liked Richard Brooker’s Jason, he’s tall, lean and fast. I like Kane Hodder and all, but I didn’t mind this Jason either. And he really seems to enjoy himself.

Of course the acting is mostly bad, but at least the lead actress is really hot.

Again the ending is some contrived and absolutely stupid crap. It only accented my feeling that I’m watching just a rehash of the first two movies. I understand that there’s a sort of a formula, but it doesn’t do anything new, except having harpoons fly outside of the screen, of course, if you’re watching it in a theatre in 1982 and not on TV 30 years later.

Overall, I didn’t find it very good, the kills are nice and it’s more or less entertaining, but I don’t think I’d recommend this to anyone, except to the kind of people who probably have seen it anyway.

"Ah yes, you've got the old 'crush skull - out comes the eye' syndrome."

Review of Dead Man’s Shoes (2004)

11 Feb

Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) is a British revenge thriller/drama film.

Directed by Shane Meadows (This Is England (2006), Somers Town (2008)).

Written by Shane Meadows (Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002), A Room for Romeo Brass (1999)) and Paddy Considine (Dog Altogether (2007 Short), Tyrannosaur (2011)), who is also the star of the film.

Starring: Paddy Considine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch, Stuart Wolfenden, Paul Sadot and others.

It starts with two men just walking through some country areas and I at first thought that it might be about homeless people. I turned out to be wrong. The two men are brothers, that are walking back to their hometown. One of them is mentally handicapped and I liked that he was portrayed tastefully, thanks to Toby Kebbell. We get some flashbacks in a home video format of the brothers playing around together. And then through the film we get other similarly shot flashbacks of the younger brother being made fun of by a group of people.

Quite a challenge for me was understanding all the heavy accents and the lower-class slang, but once you get used to it, you don’t really notice a few words slipping over your head.

I knew basically nothing about this film when I started watching it, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got that it’s a revenge thriller. I just love those.

The soundtrack makes it feel like a very different kind of movie, almost like some art house film, when it’s actually a very brutal revenge story.

The main character is totally bad-ass, Paddy Considine, is totally amazing. He doesn’t even hide from the bad guys or anything, he just threatens them and then fulfills his threats. He’s as „anti” as an anti-hero gets and at a point you start wondering if he’s really better than the bad guys.

The bad guys are total idiots and kinda cliché, there’s one leader who is a bit cooler and better looking than the rest and a couple of morons.

The flashbacks with the younger brother being abused are just gut-wrenching, I felt bad watching them. They’re basically like that scene in The Elephant Man, where the drunk people just barge in and start having fun „with” Joseph Merrick.

The writing and acting are just perfect, mostly thanks to Paddy Considine.

I remember reading somewhere the film described as „Taxi Driver meets First Blood” and it sort of does describe the film.

I don’t want to say too much about it, because I enjoyed it more by not knowing anything about it.

Overall, a great movie, an unapologetic revenge flick, that is so much more than that. Totally recommended for everyone who wants be both touched by the issue and shocked by the brutality.

"What? Did someone write "tranny clown" on my face again?"

Review of Chronicle (2012)

8 Feb

Chronicle (2012) is a sci-fi/action/drama film using the found footage filmmaking style, which recently has become quite popular.

Directed by Josh Trank (The Kill Point (2007 TV)) and this is his first feature film.

Written by Max Landis (Ghost Closet ’07 (2009 Short), The Death and Return of Superman (2011 Short)).

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Ashley Hinshaw and others.

I’ll start with sharing my thoughts on the found footage films. I like them. Sure, it’s sort of a gimmick, but when done well it works and that’s all that matters. And in this one it clearly doesn’t try to pass it as a real found footage, so you don’t care that it’s so polished or you can see what’s CGI or that the guy has the sturdiest camera ever. It isn’t Paranormal Activity or Blair Witch Project. The movie doesn’t feel like a found footage movie, because a lot of times no one’s holding the camera (and it makes sense), so most of the film you see the protagonist on-screen and they can achieve some beautiful cinematography.

The movie is about three guys getting some mysterious supernatural psychokinetic powers and bonding as friends trough exploring their abilities. They do the sort of thing that any teenager would do, they have fun and that’s one of the things this film executes very well. As you see the characters having fun you’re thrown into their secret little circle that know about their powers and you’re having fun with them.

And here comes one of the best aspects of the film, the acting. I mean, the three leads are so likable and well written you get a sense of them immediately. You get to see the main character, who is this outcast at school and everybody’s treating him badly, so he decides to start filming everything to sort of  distance himself from others. Then there’s his cousin, who is just a regular guy, who tries to go out of his way to impress a girl with his philosophy knowledge so he’d seem more interesting. And there’s even a popular guy, who’s good with people and everyone likes him, he’s a candidate for school president, but he does it just because he’s good at it. And the young actors make these characters so believable that you immediately find something in them to identify with.

As they do more with their powers, they get better at them, so it starts exploring the “With great power comes great responsibility” aspect of being superhuman. And the main character Andrew uses his powers to get people to like him, but then (sort of SPOILERS!) he finds that this doesn’t work out and he just starts getting back at those who have wronged him, and it goes into a Carrie-like scenario. The way his characters evolves and you see his downfall being foreshadowed I couldn’t help, but think that this is what I wanted to see in the Star Wars prequels. Mostly thanks to DeHaan’s acting. (END of sort of SPOILERS!)

Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away, so that’s all I’m going to say.

Overall, brilliant. Entertaining and well-made, definitely recommended, even if you’re not a fan of the recent found footage fad.

"In my free time I do some voluntary car crushing at the local junkyard.|

Review of Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)

5 Feb

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) is a horror/slasher/thriller film and the second film in the largely successful slasher film franchise Friday the 13th.

Directed by Steve Miner (Warlock (1989), House (1986)), this is his directorial debut and he also went on to direct the sequel to this film Friday the 13th Part III.

Written by Ron Kurz (King Frat (1979), Eyes of a Stranger (1981)).

Starring: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Warrington Gillette, Russell Todd and others.

The first movie was way too successful to leave the end of the first one just a dream and Jason jumps out of the water to be the killer this time. But not before we get some badly put together flashbacks of the previous film to set up this one, where Adrienne King returns to get an ice pick stabbed in her head by Jason. It’s nice of her to return for this minor part, I wouldn’t say she’s a great actress, but it’s sad that these movies made her leave the business.

It has more nudity than the first one, but that’s not really saying much about how good the film is. On the other hand it seems appropriate for a slasher flick to have a decent amount of naked young women.

Amy Steel is neither good or bad and also she kind of looks on the verge between really cute and a gross albino girl. The other actors are mediocre to bad as well.

Jason Voorhees doesn’t have his iconic look yet, there’s no hockey mask or worker suit, so he runs around wearing a burlap sack with an eye-hole on his head. Basically Jason looks like the Elephant Man in a plaid shirt and overalls. And an average build/height Jason wearing a pillow case isn’t the most intimidating thing ever. But at one point you see Jason’s disfigured face at one point in slow motion and he has quite a bit of hair as well.

The kills are very brief, because the movie uses immediate cut-aways from the gore, so we don’t really see much, I would’ve wanted to see the double-impalement kill.

At the end it pulls out something very similar to the first one, which is stupid. It wasn’t a bad sequel, but pretty forgettable and I think I remember only one cool death scene.

Overall, not great, too much copies the original and lacks any impact, I’d say not recommended, except maybe to tie up the transition from the killer in the first to Jason.

"I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!"

Review of Another Earth (2011)

2 Feb

Another Earth (2011) is a low-budget drama/sci-fi/fantasy film, setting an idea of an alternate Earth-like planet appearing in close proximity to our planet as a backdrop for a mainly drama film.

Directed by Mike Cahill (Boxers and Ballerinas (2004)), this is his first feature film.

Written by Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice (2011), The East (2012)), who’s also the lead actress of the film and the director Mike Cahill.

Starring: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Robin Taylor, Diane Ciesla and others.

As soon as I heard the intriguing premise I was hooked on seeing the film and even though I expected it concentrating and exploring it a bit more, I wasn’t disappointed, because it delivered in other departments.

It really doesn’t go into the sci-fi too much, they play it loose with the physics of having another planet so close to ours. It just sets up this world, which offers choices for the main characters.

The film opens with a car accident, which totally changes the lives of the two main characters. And it makes you realize how easily lives of good people can be ruined, by one of them making a bad decision.

Then it switches to four years later and shows the main character Rhonda’s life totally destroyed by the accident, her being emotionally tortured and having no career options.

All this time the Earth 2 is just there, it looks like an exact replica of our Earth and they arrange a contest, where people can send in letters stating why they should be chosen to go on a trip to the other planet. Of course Rhonda decides to write a letter. And then there is a scene where Rhonda and her family are watching a telecast of an attempted contact with the other planet and it is successful. It gave me goosebumps and left them on me for the rest of the scene, because the possibility of something like this happening in real life is kind of scary.

You really start to care for the relationship between the main characters, but weirdly it is the most heartbreaking in its happiest moments, because you know it can’t last forever and you keep dreading the moment when it ends and wishing for it to not happen. And you really have to thank the two lead actors of the film, they completely sell it. William Mapother is usually good, but Brit Marling is an amazing young actress, also really beautiful.

I loved the shots, where you can see all the dust particles floating around in a room, where there’s a beam of sunlight shining in, really gives this feeling of stillness. Also the score is really good and there’s this amazing melody played on a hand saw in one scene, it sounds almost otherworldly.

My one regret might be that the sci-fi (loose in the “sci” part) concept could be used for a variety of different films in totally different ways, taking it more seriously and this one didn’t explore it that much, but it would seem cheap if suddenly others would take the concept and start exploiting it. But this is in no way a complaint against this film.

The movie is kind of slow, but not dragging, I was totally captivated and thought the pace was perfect. And the ending was pretty brilliant.

Overall, great movie, one of my 2011 favorites, thought-provoking and heartfelt, yet not unnecessary overcomplicated for a small drama film, recommended for everyone.

Pictured: Brit Marling after watching 8 Mile.