Andres’ Film Queue: Feb. 29th – Mar. 6

It’s been an interesting batch of movies this week, so without further ado…

Rent (2005)
Directed by Chris Columbus

Why, oh why is Chris Columbus directing a musical about the AIDS epidemic that takes place in 1989/1990? Maybe it was the only way to make the film feel dull in comparison to what it could/should have been. Columbus could have given in a film that was sharper and stronger, but then maybe the studios asked for something different. Using the majority of the original cast from the Broadway production was a great idea, except for the fact that every character needs to be in their early twenties, while the cast are all around their early thirties (and look it).

As I watched, I made sure to consider the film on its own merits and not measure it up against the Broadway production. About halfway through the film, I found out that the cast was the original musical’s cast and so became more lenient. An actual live production may (or may not) change my life, but as a film, it was good. Columbus did a fine job with the film, I just wish it had a bit more of an everlasting sting.

[Admin’s Note: There Feliz, I’ve finally watched it. Happy?]

Room (2015)
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Starring Oscar-winning Brie Larson. This makes me so happy.

Slow Learners (2015)
Directed by Sheena M. Joyce & Don Argott

This film is… fine. Frankly, it’s boring. By now, these films are are all the same and you know how it will go. They begin as friends, then they start seeing other people, and then they realize they should be together instead, but for some reason it takes about 45 minutes for that to happen. I’m not going to blame the film for hitting the typical beats in a paint-by-numbers fashion, as the reason to watch these films is to find out what makes them different from each other. This film has Happy Endings’ Adam Pally, so I thought that’s what would make it different, or at least enjoyable. Nope. I was wrong. Sorry Pally, you’ll get them next time.

Starred Up (2014)
Directed by David Mackenzie

So utterly intense and incredible. Intimate filmmaking that leaves you in the prison with the young offender, and due to how closed off everything is, it becomes claustrophobic. Ben Mendolsohn is incredible (but that should go without saying at this point), and so is Jack O’Connell.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Directed by Blake Edwards

When you watch a film that leaves you so tense, what do you do to release that tension? [Editor’s Note: Jerk off.] Simple, you watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn is miraculous. A timeless film.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Directed by Wes Anderson

I used to be one of those people who didn’t really like Wes Anderson, and I can’t really remember what film made me change my mind, but I truly am glad I came around to him. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film that sticks with his typical stylistic choices, as they’re on full display here. A wonderfully adorable and complex film that is cussing incredible.

Ant-Man (2015)
Directed by Peyton Reed

Ant-Man is probably the funniest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so far. By this point, the MCU has sadly become almost formulaic. Don’t get me wrong, I still end up in the theatre opening weekend to see them, but they’re almost formulaic. Guardians is the closest deconstruction of that formula, but it still has a rather boring villain. The next few films in the pipeline from Marvel Studios seem to look to change that by picking even newer and smaller filmmakers to take over some big films (Jon Watts from Cop Car for Spider-Man,  Taika Waititi from What We Do In The Shadows for Thor: Ragnarok, and Ryan Coogler from Creed for Black Panther) but until then, we still have a very hilarious film about Ant-Man. And it’s one of the best in the MCU. Who saw that coming? Not me.


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