Review : The Beguiled 

“The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls’ school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.”

The Beguiled 2017, not the be confused with the 1971 movie of the same name, is the latest from Sofia Coppola. The movie even won nabbed her the coveted best director award at the Cannes Film Festival. And honestly, that shows because this movie is really a directors showcase. That’s not to say that there isn’t great acting on display here, there certainly is, but this movie is all about directing and directorial choices. The first two acts of this movie as completely soundless, in terms of musical score or the like, all we get is either dialogue or something like birds chirping. When we get to the third act however, the reason for that decision becomes clear as when the first horn blast hits us, it really rocks us, in a way it wouldn’t have if we had it all movie. And that really is the corner stone of this movie in its strong, purposeful, and definite directing choices. It’s also a really hard movie to review in terms of trying to rate it. It deliberately paced, but it’s also only about 90 minutes. It has distinct directing, but great subtle acting (most of the time). This is a movie I think that’s really made for certain people. Some people will see this movie as boring and a bit silly, others will see it as tense, suspenseful and unnerving, and in there somewhere is this movie. All in all, The Beguiled is a real showcase of directing, with enough great acting on there too for good measure, and a story that’s definitely something else.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

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American Honey :

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How can I explain the film that is American Honey…Firstly, I’m not sure there is anyway to really know what you’re getting into going this movie. American Honey to me really feels like an experiment more than anything else. Its almost like a case study, in character studies, in character journeys.

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One part of this movie, is its road trip of misfits. Like if the Goonies were teenagers, but also gutter rats, really poor, had no general direction in life, and were stranded in middle America. The movie does a very interesting job at presenting the dynamic between such a group of youths. And as over the top as some of their personalities might be, their interaction comes across in such a sincere manner, like they really have been sharing the same van and motel rooms for months together.

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Another major aspect of this movie is love, but love in a few ways. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a representation of love like this movie portrays in any other movie. For one, it goes after the concept of love when contextualized by your financial stature, but it goes further also and looks at both young love, and the way in which that can shape our lives. It doesn’t try ever to romanticise it or make it seem like something to fight for, but more as this force of nature that sometimes we just can’t fight, and we can’t leave alone.

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Thats why I say its so hard to describe or explain what this movie is to people. I don’t think I know myself, but, I don’t think that means that this movie shouldn’t be seen. I think there needs to be some warning that this movie can be very explicit and its done in such a real and honest manner that some people might not be expecting based on what I’ve said before. American Honey I think is a movie about ideas and experimentation, and if you’re a fan on film and film making on a whole, then give this movie a look.

Review : Live By Night

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“A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the completion and the Klu Klux Klan.”

If there is one thing I should say about this movie right from the start, it’s that if you think this is a shoot-em-up gangster movie, erm…not so much. This is a gangster movie, most definitely, but, its not what you think. Even if you’ve seen Ben Affleck movies before, there is some of the same here, but this movie is also considerably different. For starters, this movie is really slow. This movie is just over 2 hours long, which is really 2 hours sans the credit, but it FEELS like 4 hours. Now I wouldn’t say that the movie really gets boring, but if you need a certain kind of pace to a film, you’re going to be very put off by the pacing here. This movie is slow and deliberate, it takes careful and thoughtful steps. There directing and cinematography here are nothing we don’t expect now from Ben, and we also get some really nice character moments. What this movie really feels like, is an old time gangster movie that has been stretched out to fill it up with great character moments from great actors. All in all, this movie is something you need to ready for, or be in the mood for to really enjoy I think.

Review Score : 7 out of 10

Review : The Gift

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“A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.”

The Gift is the directorial debut of Joel Egerton (he wrote this too), and he really did a great job in the directing department. All his camera work is slow and deliberate, that builds a really deep dark sense of tension and intrigue. This movie also stars Jason Bateman is a really master class of dramatic acting coming from a predominantly comedic actor. That same subdued and under played directing gives the acting a real chance to shine here also, and it really is a actor and character driven story. This film is full of tension, but tension that really builds up to the point where when it snaps, it realllyyyyy snaps. The story movies very slowly, but it needs to, it needs to build this suspense, and build this pondering. As far as thrillers go also, and this movie IS a thriller. I actually can’t remember the last time i saw a thriller in cinemas that made the audience actually gasp and jump. It definitely is a small movie, especially if you compare it to the likes of a Gone Girl or films like that, but i feel that smallness just ads to the sense of almost claustrophobia this movie will give you.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

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Babel :

Babel is the story of a man and woman, who experience a tragedy that sets of a global narrative of 4 interlocking stories. It stars a stellar cast boasting the likes of Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Bernarl, Elle Fanning and Rinko Kikuchi. The movie also has an amazing director in current Academy Award Winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Director of Birdman) at its helm.vlcsnap-2012-12-04-20h46m18s79

Now this movie is not like many other movies you will have seen before. Yes it will most definitely gain comparisons to the 2004 Crash for its use of multiple storyline story telling. It is however nothing like that movie for one, and two this is a movie that needs AND benefits from this type of story telling. It keeps a very tight and intricately woven narrative, that slowly builds and smoulders until you can finally see the embers that tie this fire together.2006_babel_032

This movie is whole-heartedly a drama. A drama in the realest sense in both story and pacing. The movie is slow, plan and simply put, however, it is by no means boring. If you can’t stand traditional dramas then you will probably think this movie is boring, and that’s fine, just know what you are getting yourself into. If you’re a fan of dramas and very deliberate and impactful story telling, that doesn’t go, nor does it need to go at a break neck pace. The slowness of the pacing actually ads to the intensity of the moments that this movie creates.Film Title: BabelAll in all, this movie is really as good as what you put into it. If you are a person that enjoys these kinds of movies, you will really like Babel. If you’re an action movie junkie that doesn’t even listen to dialogue, don’t even bother. Babel is definitely worth the watch for its brilliant acting and directing and that should be enough for any film fan.

Cheers.