Andres’ Film Queue: Feb. 22 – Feb. 28

Due to the Oscars, we postponed our Film Queues by a day, but here they are!

Oldboy (2003)
Directed by Chan-wook Park

It’s simply hard to decide whether I like this or the first film of the Vengeance Trilogy more. Oldboy is a wonderful (maybe not the right word) experience.

The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Directed by Sofia Coppola

Alright, I don’t know what happened. I feel as if I should have liked this film a bit more. I liked it, it just felt almost too cold and distant from everything. I’m aware that’s sort of what she has done in other films like Lost In Translation and Bling Ring, both of which were films I loved. I have yet to see Marie Antoinette or Somewhere.

I think the biggest reaction to that paragraph will be that I love Bling Ring.

Eddie The Eagle (2016)
Directed by Dexter Fletcher

This is the first film of 2016 I saw (back in January; you can read my full review here) and this is the first time I’ve revisited it this year. I second everything I have already said. While it may not technically be the best film so far (Hail, Caesar! would be better), I am currently unsure whether or not it’ll be one of my favourites at the end of the year. There’s something about the sincerity of it all that is making me think about it more than Deadpool, and definitely way more than Zoolander 2. Still can’t believe I decided to watch that.

Christine (1983)
Directed by John Carpenter 

I miss horror films like these. Sure, it may not be as strong as Carpenter’s Halloween, or Kubrick’s The Shining, but it’s better than the dozen bad horror films that come out each year, nowadays. Carpenter adapts the content in such a manner that it becomes super entertaining. Give me more of these instead of Ouija 2 and Annabelle 2. (Yes, they’re both real and on their way.)

The Night Before (2015)
Directed by Jonathan Levine

Yes to anything by Jonathan Levine. I’m a huge fan of 50/50 and I liked Warm Bodies, so I was excited for this. This buddy-comedy never does anything new or refreshing, but at it’s core, it is the friendship between Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie that you bought a ticket for. All this being said, Brandon Trost (the cinematographer, who also helmed This Is The End, The Interview, and Diary of a Teenage Girl) is the star. This film has no reason to look as good as it does.

Spotlight (2015)
Directed by Tom McCarthy 

Interesting story time (probably not, but you can decide): I went to see this film a week after it was released here in Toronto (was released on the 13th, and I caught it on the 19th) and the cinema I went to is typically (and was) filled with elderly guests. I went alone, and was probably and most-likely the youngest person in the audience. The theatre was packed, and nearly sold out.

At the end of the film, the cut to the giant list made for one of the loudest moments of silence I can remember. Prior to the never-ending list, the words were small and in the middle of the frame. It’s the cut from the middle of the frame to it taking over the entire screen that caused the fear and pain in the audience. It’s at this moment, the audience and myself realized that the scary world that McCarthy and Singer created, is the same one we were about to walk out into out of the dark theatre.

I saw it in the theatre and thought it was truly great, as well as a bit of a companion piece to a film I saw during TIFF called The Club by Chilean director Pablo Larrain. I was ready to write about Spotlight for my top ten list of 2015 here, and I intended to mention both films, but it was pushed out due to a different film having a different impact on me.

I saw the film again Saturday night, before the Oscars, and if I had had the reaction to the film back then that I had now, it would have made my list, 100%. The film’s script is impeccable, incredible, and strong. Powerful performances all across the board. The direction of the film is so insanely subtle that it’s actually unnoticeable on first viewing. Take my word for it.

Spotlight won Best Picture, and while it still may not be in my top five of the year, it is an extremely valid choice and I am very happy with the decision.

Even though we are already in March, I am looking forward to what we’ve got in store this year. Let’s hope for more Spotlight and less The Revenant.

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