The Brothers Bloom

Guy Ritchie meets Wes Anderson to make something neither of them would mind owning.

Brothers bloom has all the right ingredients for a great action / drama on the lines of oceans 11 or the italian job. The oh how did they do that moments soon followed by the chop and cut sequence of oh that’s how they did it.

What really makes it is the beautiful cinematography and the visual direction, it has the panning angles with the raw jerky camera at times and most of all the framing with focus on the front and something comical on the back, it’s really nicely done. The comical bit of the film feels like something from a Ritchie/anderson film if there was one. 

The story follows two brothers turned con men and their adventures rather the classic oh I’m going to quit but wait let’s do one last stint bit. The last stint’s mark is a odd but beautiful woman and the story follows.So yes the plot isn’t particularly original nor are the details. But what is original is the flow of the film and how all the pieces come together to make a good family watch. 

If I were to change anything in the film around the 75% mark in the film, I would end it right there not play the whole thing through it felt like an encore of a comic standup but wait there’s more, the ending is something you could live with though.

There are great bits in between and the humour is done well and Bang Bang what a cool character. A silent asian girl with the bloom brothers whose actions speak louder with her addiction to explosives and guns. 

A good watch

My Rating : 7 out of 10

Imdb : 6.4 out of 10

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The Interview – Forget the hype enjoy the comedy

Reviews of films as hyped up and controversial usually go one way down. The familiar why did I see that? There was nothing in it? Why was it banned, such a bore etc etc. The reason being that we’re expecting something to wow us something to send chills down the skin and all. And that’s okay too because that’s what we were made to believe and well they did win we did see the film hated or loved it we bought the ticket. Just like Spiderman’s every new sequel gets more money and everyone hates it more. 

But well this is a good film. I’ve always enjoyed James Franco & Seth Rogen. They always have the perfect amount of cringe and stupidity to go about them unlike curb your enthusiasm which is always please god know to another please god no. 

Franco plays a TV host of a celebrity reveals it all show, the character is like a child or Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) and the metro sexual usual franco persona. Seth plays the sensible director stuck in the directors nightmare which pays good money. 

The film starts off with setting the characters and some really funny guest star appearances and then the main score of the interview his majesty. The rest is the usual Franco, Seth shananigans along with the you turns.

If you’re not convinced to watch this film there is a scene with Kim John and Franco driving a tank to a Katey perry song and blasting off things. That is all. 

imdb rating : 7/10

my rating : 7/10

Nightcrawler – Meet the new psycho

I love Jake gyllenhaal more with every film that I watch with him in it. This is no exception.

This is a mood film and can be what you want it to be, its a social commentary about the media giving into ratings and how it forces you to pivot if you want to be in the business. Its a character study of something that can only be characterised as a Entrepreneurial psychopath, if patrick Bateman wasn’t in advertising. 

Lou Bloom, a desperate man ends up as sort of a journalist essentially selling video footage of news around the city the more sensational the better. Its a story about the spiral he gets into going deeper in the rabbit hole and you discover the character as he changes or rather brings out himself in this misadventure. 

I imagine productivity guru’s or self help book writers whose only success is motivational speaking being something like this. Its like someones narrating a marketing, motivational bible and its brilliant.The silence in the film is beautiful and powerful its not a haunting feeling but you get time to absorb it in and just at the right time, the character would break into a beautiful monologue and every monologue levels up the character for you. Think of it as reaching a level boss in a video game and every time its a bigger and cooler looking boss. 

Its also about relationships and how he Lou Bloom deals with different people in different capacities how compartmentalised he is. 

From the trailer I imagined it to be much darker but it turned out just brilliant, it goes right in my must see list in the american psycho category. 

imdb Rating : 8/10

my rating: 9/10

Prisoners

Denis Villeneuve is a cruel man without a single forgiving bone in his body

my rating: 9 out of 10
imdb rating: 8.1

You need to plan our Denis Villeneuve’s films, be in a good mood be alright if you go in late the next day at work because you were up all night wondering what the hell just did you experience.

You keep on clinching on to your chair the whole time because there is no other way to watch a Denis Villeneuve. They are hard to watch not for the squeamish at all but at the same time one of the most memorable experiences in cinema of the last decade. Prisoners is no exception I cannot say for sure if you will be able to watch any of his films the second time but I can assure you they will stick with you and be memorable.

This is taking revenge thrillers up a notch and the pacing is beautiful the puzzles fall into place never before time just at the right moment. But you forget the puzzle at times and just want to stop feeling what’s going on through your body while watching it.

The story revolves around the kidnapping of two little girls and the struggle of the parents to find them to get them home safely with the help of the detective (jake) . That is pretty much what you need to go with watching the film.

Jake after zodiac gives his most memorable performance and a moment doesn’t go buy when you don’t understand Jackman’s pain.

A must watch for cinema lovers with a less squeamish heart.

A million ways to die in the west

Seth’s night out in the west

rating: 7 out of 10
imdb rating: 6.4

This was good fun. I didn’t expect much out of it and it gave me quite a bit. Its about a nerd in the old west being the hating nerd self with a lot of cool guest appearances and Seth being himself.

It’s enjoyable there are laughs not ha ha I can’t breathe but ha ha that was clever. There have been comedy takes on western but this is interesting it really made me rethink the romantic tales we’ve all been watching in westerns growing up. It was a pretty crap place and time to live with to be honest and Seth just explains it as it is.

Screw the story have a few giggles with the awkward Bryan hinting self of Seth. Would watch it again with the guys.

The sunset limited – Looking for the purpose to life?

Right up there with the greats like 12 angry men & man from earth

Rating: 9 out of 10
imdb rating : 7.4

Its often great to cut down all the glamor all Hollywood and just have a raw film with a couple of folks sitting down at the table discussing life and this sir just delivers that and up to the mark.

A professor tries to kill himself and the gentleman who saves him takes him home and their sitting at the table discussing life , God , religion and everything in between.

Unlike the above mentioned films (12 Angry Men, Man from Earth) it doesn’t have the twists and turns or tries to run towards a conclusion it’s a discussion leading to more discussions perhaps not as jumpy as coffee and cigarettes but more real to life and about life.

One a man of God trying to explain his beliefs while exploring or narrating his life events along the way, the other a read man with his lost hope in humanity and finding the reason of existence explained without the existence of God.

The acting is top notch and nothing less could be expected from the seasoned actors.

The story does not force you to a conclusion nor does it state a right of wrong but leaves you just like it should thinking about the whole thing while you lay in bed that night.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1510938/