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My thoughts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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“Bold”


The Last Jedi has many great moments and some of the best moments in Star Wars history. With that being said, it has many flaws and it suffers from them. The story is uneven. Story lines needed more time to breathe while others cut down. The humor, while at times worked some of it was just too out of place and it took away from the tension/immersion of the scene. There are also a few pacing/tone issues throughout.ep8-ff-000005It might seem that I’m bashing/hating The Last Jedi, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. We again get wonderful performances from the cast, old and new. The film is visually stunning and the action scenes are very well choreographed and felt compelling. Rey, Poe, Luke and Kylo had tremendous  growth and had the best performances in the movie. In terms of the story, I’m conflicted as I feel some stories were fleshed out more so than others. The more and more I think about The Last Jedi, the more I feel like it’s not even a Star Wars movie, but a Rian Johnson Star Wars movie. All in all, despite the flaws, it’s a great ride and one I’ll watch again and again.

Rating – ★★★½

 

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My thoughts on The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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“Uncomfortable”


Without going too much into the details of the plot, basically Colin Farrell, a surgeon becomes friends with a teenage boy played by Barry Keoghan. Colin introduces him to his family and they all become ill. Anyways, I really enjoyed Sacred Deer. The acting performances from the entire cast were phenomenal. Lanthimos balances out the sheer terror and dark humor perfectly. I’ve seen the film at TIFF and after watching it I wanted to see it again. I got the same feeling after  watching Sacred Deer as I did when I watched The Lobster which is also another great film from Yorgos Lanthimos which pales some comparisons to Sacred Deer in terms of the dark humor and visual style. I was left going “what the hell did I just watch.” Two words that I think describes the film perfectly are intense & uncomfortable.
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The cinematography is wonderful, lots of wide shots and closeups that really capture the creepy atmosphere. The soundtrack is great too and it propelled the tension even more. Its haunting and combined with the beautiful cinematography, captivating story and great performances, Sacred Deer is one of Lanthimos best films in his career and one of the years best films too. Brilliant horror and it’s unsettling as fuck.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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“★★★★★”


Frances McDormand plays a mother named Mildred who’s on a quest to try and get justice for her daughter’s murder. She believes the local authorities haven’t done enough to find the culprit so she places three billboards outside her town to send a message.

Martin McDonagh does a phenomenal job and gives us one of the best films of the year and his best film of his career. The cinematography, editing, music, script absolutely everything is done to perfection. It’s a wonderful film about grief/anger and has several funny moments but also lots of heart. All the actors shine especially McDormand. No character is one-dimensional as well.  It’s great from start to finish and its truly a well done film. It has the right amount of comedic relief and heartfelt moments without going too over the nose and the story is very compelling.
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The story is also very unpredictable and at times you think this is what’s going to happen and then it completely goes the other way around.  I can’t think of any negative thing to say about this film. It doesn’t overstay its welcome and has a perfect run-time. Martin balances comedy and drama effortlessly. 

Rating – ★★★★

My thoughts on The Florida Project

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“Powerful”


The film follows a young girl living in the outskirts of Orlando, Florida living in a motel called “The Magic Castle.” The film is directed by Sean Baker who gained lots of attention with his film Tangerine in 2015. The film is lovely as it expresses the wonders of childhood through the eyes of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her antics with her friends. Halley (Bria Vinaite) is the mother of Moonee who desperately tries to match each week’s rent and taking care of her daughter by doing numerous things, but the lengths she travels to do so become more and more troubling. Bobby (Willem Dafoe) is the owner of the motel and he tries his best to make sure the motel is the best despite being a crappy motel in the shadow of Disney World. The performances from everyone is solid with the standouts being Moonee, and Halley.
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With rich vibrate colours, the setting and atmosphere make you feel warm. The beauty of the film’s cinematography along with the captivating performances are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes the film great. The main captivating factor that makes The Florida Project great is the way Baker engrosses you into these character’s lives. It’s a film that thoroughly shows us the beauty of humanity, love, and friendship through the eyes of a community that rarely get shown on the big screen. It’s funny, genuine, and wonderful.

Rating – ★★★★½

My thoughts on mother!

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“What the fu—”


Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence are a married couple living in a house together and uninvited guests arrive at their home and shit happens. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to go too much into detail about the film. It can be interpreted in many ways. What I can say thoroughly is that the performances are incredible all around from the entire cast, especially Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is fantastic, the nature of it made me feel uneasy and claustrophobic throughout. Along with how beautifully shot the film was, the sound design/mixing was crisp. You hear every creak, every footstep, it was done to perfection and the house felt “real.”  The film was beautifully done with great detail all across the board. It was painted to perfection.

To conclude my thoughts, I loved the film. There are several allegories in the film that will definitely impact how you view the film throughout and how you react/feel to it after. 

Rating – ★★★★

 

Top 20 Favourite Films Of All Time (VERSION 2)

Here’s my new list! Short & Sweet!
I’ll do another list next year….
List created – 08/12/2017

Here’s the link to my first version:  Top 20 Favourite Films of All Time Version 1

#20) La La Land (2016)     Director: Damien Chazelle
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#19) Trainspotting 2 (2017)     Director: Danny Boyle
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#18) Trainspotting (1996)     Director: Danny Boyle
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#17) Inglourious Bastards (2009)     Director: Quentin Tarantino
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#16) Paths of Glory (1957)     Director: Stanley Kubrick
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#15) La Dolce Vita (1960)     Director: Federico Fellini
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#14) Drive (2011)     Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
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#13) The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013)     Director: Martin Scorsese
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#12) Schindler’s List (1993)     Director: Steven Spielberg
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#11) Shame (2011)     Director: Steve McQueen
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#10) Eyes Wide Shut (1999)     Director: Stanley Kubrick
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#9) Interstellar (2014)     Director: Christopher Nolan
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#8) The Master (2012)     Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
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#7) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)     Director: Jacques Demy
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#6) The Social Network (2010)     Director: David Fincher
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#5) Blue Valentine (2010)     Director: Derek Cianfrance
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#4) The Great Beauty (2013)     Director: Paolo Sorrentino
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#3) Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)     Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
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#2) Her (2013)     Director: Spike Jonze
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#1) Lost In Translation (2003)     Director: Sofia Coppola
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Top 20 Favourite Films of All Time Version 1

Here’s my list! Short & Sweet! 
Going to do another list probably every few months…
List created – 05/04/2017


#20) La Vie d’Adèle or Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
DoP: Sofian El Fani
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#19) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Dir: Michael Gondry
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#18) The Breakfast Club (1985)
Dir: John Hughes
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#17) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Dir: Wes Anderson
DoP: Robert D. Yeoman743e7cf3acb64c4fd83354224eb6b518.jpg


#16) The Prestige (2006)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Wally Pfister
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#15) Prisoners (2013)
Dir: Denis Villeneuve
DoP: Roger Deakins
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#14) Shame (2011)
Dir: Steve McQueen
DoP: Sean Bobbitt
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#13) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Dir: Martin Scorssese
DoP: Rodrigo Prieto
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#12) Inglorious Bastards (2009)
Dir: Quentin Tarantino
DoP: Robert richardson
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#11) Trainspotting (1996)
Dir: Danny Boyle
DoP: Brian Tufano
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#10) Interstellar (2014)
Dir: Christopher Nolan
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#9) Drive (2011)
Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn
DoP: Newton Thomas Sigel
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#8) Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
DoP: Larry Smith
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#7) Schindler’s List (1993)
Dir: Steven Spielberg
DoP: Janusz Kaminski
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#6) Blue Valentine (2010)
Dir: Derek Cianfrance
DoP: Andrij Parekh
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#5) La La Land (2016)
Dir: Damien Chazelle
DoP: Linus Sandren
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#4) The Master (2012)
Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
DoP: Mihai Malaimare Jr.
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#3) The Social Network (2010)
Dir: David Fincher
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#2) Her (2013)
Dir: Spike Jonze
DoP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
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#1) ロストイントランスレーション or Lost In Translation
Dir: Sofia Coppola
DoP: Lance Acord
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