Again, another far too quiet film watching month for me in September. The writing of Sydney Underground Film Festival reviews took up pretty much all of my time devoted to film. And Amy and I were married a week ago, so the planning and carrying out of that awesomeness took up most of the rest of my energy. Let me know your thoughts on these flicks though in the comments section below.
- Easy Virtue (1928), Alfred Hitchcock – This is the first of Hitch’s silent films I have seen. It almost looks like Kubrick shot it in parts. There is plenty of playful camerawork and creative POV shots. Based on a play, in terms of story, there is next to nothing going on. Though the family politics/machinations right at the end are of moderate interest. If you are a Hitch completist, this is a cool exhibition of his early style. Everyone else can probably afford to skip it though. You can check the whole thing out here:
- The Past (2013), Asghar Farhadi – I actually prefer this to A Separation (2011). There are dense layers of meaning and relationships. Which makes it sound like a slog, but it is so well written and acted that it breezes by. Ali Mosaffa brings Ahmad to life with a really nuanced performance and he is one of the best characters of recent memory. A very good, slow burn drama film.
- What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Jermaine Clement & Taika Waititi – What a stellar year for Kiwi comedy. This is a piss-funny film, both silly and smart. Actually one of the few recent films that drew genuine laughs pretty much non-stop from me. Jermaine Clement and the other stars are all really ggood with the characters helping to hold interest. The sharehouse familiarity, combined with vampire ludicrousness and mockumentary stylings help it to stand high above the average comedy.
Not Worth Watching:
- God’s Pocket (2014), John Slattery – The stellar cast – Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Hones Richard Jenkins and John Turturro – can’t save this poorly scripted effort. There is a reasonable sense of place, but no sense of character and story. There are just no stakes and the grime and dirt of the life that is supposedly being shown is just not there. No texture and some horribly misjudged characters make for a dull overall experience.
- The Maze Runner (2014), Wes Ball – A killer concept wrecked by appalling writing and performances. The latter coming from some people who I have seen do really good work, such as Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie Sangster. A pity as the cool sci-fi ideas are tops and the film encompasses some really dark and tense sequences. Plus it’s got a giant frickin maze. It’s an utter sausage fest for some reason too.
If you only have time to watch one What We Do in the Shadows
Avoid at all costs God’s Pocket
Related beermovie.net articles for you to check out: Worth Watching September 2013 and Worth Watching September 2011.
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I thought the performances in Maze Runner were decent enough. It even gets applauded in the synopsis of RT for featuring strong acting. However, we see EYE TO EYE ON THE WRITING. The characters are awful…
As for What we Do in The Shadows…I’m still so upset that I missed it on the night it played in Toronto.
You should be upset. I loved it a heap and it was a lot funnier than I was expecting.
Fair enough re the acting in Maze Runner. I think one of the reasons I was surprised by it, was that I had seen such better things from some of those guys.
Great post. Agree on Maze Runner. Congrats on the wedding!
Cheers Fernando. Appreciate that.
Yeah man, congrats!!!
Lots to see here, and I have to say my viewing has dipped quite a bit recently too. Lol as has my blog visiting. . . .
and Christ, forgot to add that the ‘What we Do in the Shadows’ trailer is outrageously funny. Can’t wait for that to eventually hit international waves. Certainly looks good enough to go huge!
Cheers mate. Yeah I have been busy too so have not been around as much as usual. Hopefully you’re able to get to the cinema a bit more mate.