Andres’ Film Queue: May 15th – May 22nd

This week, I watched a movie starring one of our fellow writers! Maybe it was Avengers? Who knows who I know. Right? Read and find out.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Requiem for a Dream is a film where Aronofsky fires on all cylinders and doesn’t slow down in the slightest. In my opinion, it’s his best film and one of my favourites. Its extremely tough subject matter leaves you thinking for days after it ends. Who can forget that ending? It’s hard to watch once, but somehow I’ve been able to watch it dozens of times, and it’s probably more powerful every time I see it.

I wrote about Requiem here for our Score of the Week.

The Fountain (2006)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Extremely ambitious and wonderful. A film about coming to grips with death, and it does so in exceptionally poignant fashion. Beautiful imagery accompanies Hugh Jackman as he owns the spotlight in the lead role.

I also wrote about The Fountain here.

The Nice Guys (2016)
Directed by Shane Black

Shane Black outdoes himself again. Close enough to the style of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang that it feels like a spiritual sequel, but still works really well in its own right. It is hilarious and contains consistent action that makes its run time fly by. You want to live with these characters for a few more hours. One can only hope for more adventures with the Nice Guys Agency.

Jeffrey reviewed it here.

Bottle Up (2016)
Directed By Jake McDowell

Our very own MacKenzie Boyd-Garrison was in a movie that played at a local theatre, and we love seeing her on the big screen. She was, obviously, incredible.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo

There’s something truly great about watching Civil War on the big screen. What’s wonderful is seeing how the idea of seeing superheroes fight one another is exciting but still needs solid motivation behind it. So, even though them fighting is enough for a ticket, the reason behind the fight affects how you feel walking out of the theatre. Obviously, that didn’t work well for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (almost as long as the French title for Amelie), but it worked well here. On top of that, by the time the heroes fight one another, you want to run in between them and beg them to stop.

By the time we reach the airport fight, or the final battle between Cap and Stark, you find yourself on both sides just wishing everybody could get along (even though Giant-Man against, well, everyone, is fucking incredible) and that’s something that deserves it’s own merit. We have grown to love these characters, and the characters have grown to love one another. On and off screen, the actors portraying the Avengers have become a family, so when they punch each other for the actual purpose of hurting the other, your heart falls a little.

Sadly, the film didn’t have the guts to kill off one of the characters, but could you imagine how much more upset and hurt the audience would be if that were to be the case? Fingers crossed somebody of importance dies in the next Avengers films.


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