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The Neon Demon :

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If you know anything about the style and movies of Nicolas Winding Refn, then you might have an idea of what you are getting yourself into with this movie, but if not… let me try and lend a hand. As a writer and a director (of which he is both here), Winding Refn has a very unique, very visual style that leans heavily on symbolism and foreshadowing. This movie as with all his movies is filled with beautiful shots, amazing cinematography and he once again pairs up with Cliff Martinez for another stella sound track.

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The plot of this movie revolves around an up and coming model who moves to the big city to try and become something, and in this movie at least, things look up for her. Of course no raise to the top is without climbing above someone else, and when that happens… some shit does go down in this movie. The movie also tries to play on some different themes that while are more relatable to women, are not so specific that they alienate male viewers.

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Like I said before, Refn loves to lean on visual story telling and symbolism, and he uses them both to try and craft his narrative in a way that doesn’t so much tell you what is happening, but rather shows you and asks you to get out of it what you may. It deals with beauty and obsession and everything that comes with that. The film also tries to reverse the typical narrative of male and female characters that we see so often in movies.

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This movie is more art instillation than traditional movie, and it does many things to simply get a reaction of the audience, that you then carry forward into the rest of the movie, which then only really works if you react. The Neon Demon in essence is a kind of pornographic view on the ideas of beauty, death, consumption, and what makes us tick. If experimental film is something you’re a fan of, or at the very least, not afraid of, then definitely give this movie a look (just brace yourself…especially towards the end).

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Review : Jack Reacher – Never Go Back

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“Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever.”

The first Jack Reacher to me, was a pleasant surprise. The second Jack Reacher is more of the same really. The best way to describe this movie is probably a grade A, B movie. What I mean by that is this is a solid movie for what it is, and what it is, is a B level action movie (all be it with some A level talent). This movie doesn’t so much continue the story of the first movie as much as it expounds upon it and the lure it created to tell a new story in the same world as before. The story is fine, the acting is fine, the action is fine, its all fine. Tom Cruise is as ever his professional self, and he plays well off of Colbie Smulders and the younger actress here but nothing in this movie really stands out. That’s not so much an indictment against this movie, its just one of those movies that is better for having lower expectations, but its also a movie that just about anyone should enjoy in some way or the other. All in all like I said before, a grade A B movie from start to finish here.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : The Accountant


“As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise.”

The Accountant star a one Batman, aka Ben Affleck as a man who overcomes what people would consider disabilities in life, by using his mind as his main and real weapon. The movie follows his life as it slowly unveils and uncoils it’s narrative using a combination of flash backs, and the addition of a side story that does handle some of the exposition here. There is a lot to like about this movie, and that has almost 100% to do with Ben Affleck’s acting, and his ability to portray this character in a way that makes him seem real and believable. The supporting cast here can be hit or miss, as some of the side characters do well to add to his portrayal, while others seem more or less irrelevant to the plot. And the plot itself here does maybe rely a bit too much on certain exposition, but it also seems deep enough to warrant a sequel. The action in this movie is very well done, and it makes great use of sound design in the way the combat sounds as high caliber rounds have a wonderfully distinct sound to them when compared to smalls arms fire. The only thing really holding this movie back, is what I’d call a pointless sub plot on the part of the treasury department, which was like coming up for air when all you want is to go deeper. All in all The Accountant is a really solid action movie, with a deep and intriguing plot with some characters who deserve a second outing.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

Review : The Birth of a Nation

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“Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.”

The Birth of a Nation is part written and directed by Nate Parker, but it is also irrevocably embroiled in scandal and controversy. That controversy, rightly or wrongly so, will be a major factor not only in what people think of this movie, but also if they even see it. In this review I’m not going to go into those aspect of things, (I’ve already done so in another post so you can check that out if you like) I’m just going to try and give an honest review of the art and not the artist. To start, this movie is very well done in all the ways you’d want a movie to be. It looks good, its shot well, and it has some really great acting performances. now those things while they are all good, only add to part of the story. The other mot important part, is the story itself. Is it compelling? Is it told well? And the answer to both of those is more or less yes. This is based on a true story, and a fascinating story at that, and Nate Parker really is great here in his role. The story in terms of its structure and layout is also done well, however while this is a story that requires a lot of subtlety, it’s also the kind of story that needs to not become boring while it is allowing for that subtlety to come front and centre. So what we end up getting, is a movie that goes from 0-10 for 80% of the movie and then 10-100 in that last 20%. Don’t get me wrong the movie does a wonderful job at showing the slow and methodical change in the character of Nat Turner, but it also does it in a way that might have some people falling asleep. All in all, this is a powerful film, and one that id like to recommend solely on the story it tells, but i do understand if people can’t or won’t see it for personal reasons.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : The Girl on the Train

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“A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.”

This movie is, for better or worse, going to be compared to Gone Girl but sadly it ain’t no Gone Girl. The Girl on the Train follows a narrative being told out of order, that twists and turns at every point to try and keep you on your toes. Now while it does do this tale twisting well enough, the movie itself doesn’t do ¬†good enough job of keeping up the suspense and tension to stop this movie from feeling boring. And ultimately that’s this movies biggest down fall, it just gets too boring at points. The acting here is most definitely the best thing going in this movie, and it is well done pretty much all around. Luke Evans especially stands out to me with his performance. The biggest or most major twist towards the end of the movie is done pretty well, and I wouldn’t say its too telegraphed or anything, but I did find it a bit underwhelming. I don’t know if because I was expecting something else, the actual reveal in the end just struck me as, “oh okay” and not as more of a “holy SH@#”. All in all I think The Girl on the Train is a decent movie, with good acting and done well enough ( Gone Girl Lite lol #sorrynotsorry).

Review Score : 6 out of 10

Review : Deepwater Horizon

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“A dramatization of the April 2010 disaster when the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history.”

Based on the 2010 disaster, Deepwater Horizon gives us our first real look at the personal side and impact of one of the worst oil spills in human history. It follows some of the key crew members that were on board during events that lead to the catastrophic failure of the entire rig. The film also does a really good job of making you feel what its like to be on a rig like that, and it also does well to immerse you into the mind and technical aspects of such a job. That’s more or less the first half of movie, and it gets you acquainted with the cast and crew here before the movie totally ramps up, and then doesn’t stop till right before the end. That same first half of the film, while slower, still does a really good job of building up all this tension that then literally explodes on the screen as the movie gets into the fear and absolute terror that being on a rig like that during something like this would be like. Just the way the film is filmed, really gives you a sense of the danger, and the claustrophobia of the environment. Your heart rate will elevate, and it will stay there till this movie comes to an end, at which point you might be crying because this movie really ends off with a very well done and well earned emotional gut punch. Yes there may be some portrayals and some things than were done a little differently to make this movie a better movie, but looking at this solely as a movie, there really isn’t much wrong with it.

Review Score : 9 out of 10