I guess I’m starting to watch a more reasonable amount of movies per week: this time I only saw 5.
High Fidelity (2000)
Directed by Stephen Frears
Out of all the movies that were written about for Valentine’s, this is the only film that I had not seen before. So, I went over to Netflix, and pressed play. I really liked it. I didn’t like Cusack’s character because I’ve felt like him, and I’ve seen friends be like him. And that’s not pretty in context.
Also, I am Dick and Barry. That knowledge of things other people don’t really care about? I’m full of it.
More importantly, Barry and Jeffrey are one. “Don’t tell anyone you don’t own Blonde on Blonde. It’ll be okay.” Don’t worry Barry/Jeffrey, I won’t. [Editor’s Note: It’s only the second greatest album by the greatest artist of all time.]
Directed by Tim Miller
Hopefully, you’ve read William’s review of it already.
I might not necessarily agree with him in full, but it’s not a bad film in the slightest.
It’s well deserving of its R rating, or at the very least, makes good use of it. I have a feeling that, as time goes on, the joyful feeling of “this is actually happening” will fade and we’ll have to reassess the film. We’ll find out. I’m interested to see how this impacts the superhero genre from here on out.
Directed by James Wan
Those that know me are well aware that I love horror films. Unfortunately, the genre typically puts out more bad films than great ones, but when there is a great one, they stand out. Saw is a great one. I am a huge fan of James Wan, and I’m looking forward to his take on Aquaman. And that’s not a lie.
Saw helped start a sub-genre often referred to as “torture porn” (the Hostel films are an example of this). Those films seem to care more about gore than story, and while I value the amount of entertainment this brings, Saw is a film that puts story first. Wan and Leigh Whannell create a great story that is absolutely captivating. It brings you into that room.
A film that welcomes second watches, and improves on multiple viewings. The finale is still incredible, and the ending is chilling and terrifying.
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Directed by Chan-wook Park
I recently rewatched I Saw The Devil and loved it, and so naturally thought I’d watch more revenge films from South Korea, so I started the Vengeance Trilogy. What a great start. I have seen Oldboy before, but only once (and it’s been a while), so I’ll be revisiting it soon, but this is a phenomenal start to this trilogy.
The cinematography is incredible, as it kept blowing me away, shot after shot after shot. The downward spiral of awful moments causing more and more carnage is traumatizing. Also, the fact that the film seems to be really in character, and very quiet, is appropriate since the main character is a mute.
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Directed by Ben Stiller
I don’t remember the last time a movie made me actually angry. I don’t feel like really wasting time writing about this, to be honest. I didn’t think the movie was going to be great, but I thought it’d be enjoyable. But it wasn’t.