movie review

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis

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A beautiful story, told through not only emotions, but breathtaking songs. Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is a film whose music guides you more than any other film ever could.

Llewyn Davis is a man that loves folk music more than anything in the world. The movie follows him as he tries to find his way in the music business as well as get over his recent breakup with long time girlfriend, Jean. The story follows him for just a week, in the Greenwich folk music scene. Oscar Isaac does an amazing job of portraying the heartache of folk music. Even at times when all hope is lost, you can still hear so much passion and love in his voice.

I have to admit that the actual story told is very dull, however the music makes everything come to life, much like folk music as a whole. I am not saying that it was completely boring, because to me it wasn’t, but to someone that isn’t used to actually watching a film and taking it all in, it might not suit them so well. Over the years popular films are more fast paced in order to keep the audience interested, which is completely stupid. The best parts of some films are the pauses, silences, and moments of pure bliss, where you can just think about what your watching. The film represents folk music well, and you can’t help but buy the soundtrack within the first ten minutes of it.

As a whole this film made me question why it wasn’t nominated for more oscars. It was nominated for best cinematography, which is well deserved, however it deserves more recognition. In my opinion, its better than many of the films nominated this year, and I hope that more people will watch it and grow to understand its simplistic beauty.

Dennis Hoppers Easy Rider

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Imagine being able to leave your day to day life and travel across the country. No more knowing what the next day will bring, or whether it will be pleasant. Relying solely on instincts and the everlasting urge to live in the moment. Dennis Hoppers Easy Rider is a film that shows what is imagined on a daily basis in cubicles across the country. Freedom, courage, and spontaneous interaction with people of similar interest. It is truly a tale of the American Dream.

Best friends Wyatt and Billy cruise across America, determined to make it to Mardi Gras on time. They find themselves distracted by the people they meet and the opinions of civilians that don’t understand. Shunned like a stray dog in the streets for not conforming to societies expectations. However, they could care less, because they’re the ones that are truly free. They don’t need to be accepted or thought of kindly, they just need to live their lives the way they want, and everyone else can mind their own business. They soon discover that it isn’t about getting to Mardi Gras, its about the journey there and their experiences in-between. This is an extremely important concept for people to grasp. You are not defined by your end result, you are defined by how you get there. Your life would be pointless if you never effected people in some sort of way, and didn’t fight for what you believed in.

Dennis Hopper created a debut film that can define his career. His directing style and choice of music truly sets him apart from other people of that time. In 1969 film was considered sophisticated, and no one wanted to hear a story about hippies. He shows us that he was years ahead of everyone else with his knowledge of life and its importance. He has been, and will continue to be, one of my favourite people in the movie industry, and I hope that more people will go back and enjoy his films, because they are truly a work of art.

Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police

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Huge explosives, unnecessary romantic sub plots, and unintelligent missions of mass destruction; basically every action movie of the past 10 years. Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s Team America: World Police portrays exactly whats wrong with the film industry and allows for people to see how stupid action movies are. I’m not joking when I say that its the smartest movie I’ve seen in a long time.

Many people assume that anything created by Trey Parker makes people dumber by the minute, however it is the exact opposite. He points out everything that is wrong with American politics, media, and people, to the point where you are encouraged to think for yourself.

Another winning factor is that the entire movie is made with puppets. Only a genius would think of such a hilarious premise where the characters movements are awkward to the point of uncontrollable laughter.

It tells the story of Gary Johnston, a popular broadway star, who is given the biggest performance of his lifetime. Team America needs his help to take down the evil terrorists by going undercover and stopping their diabolical plan to destroy the world. Throughout the story, he learns about love, friendship, and the American way. Its truly one of the most unforgettable journeys caught on film.

I would recommend this movie to anyone with a trace of intelligence and a cruel sense of humour. I promise that it won’t disappoint.

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Terrence Malick’s Badlands

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An unconventional love story of murder and betrayal, Terrence Malick‘s Badlands is truly a work of art. It tells a simplistic story of a man meeting a young woman and falling in love, however things are never that straightforward. Things change, people change, and plans change. It’s a never ending cycle of events that is somehow always surprising.

Holly Sargis is a typical good girl, who’s entire life changed when she took a walk with a stranger. Kit Carruthers was everything that she had ever dreamed of; he was handsome, charming and not approved by her father. He was perfect. They spent an entire summer together, longing for better things and better places. Kit got out of hand one day and his actions forced them out of the town, to live in the wild. Far away from the troubles of the world they learn lessons on love, friendship, and never giving up on whats right.

I’ve been a  huge fan of Terrence Malick’s work  since the first time I watched The Thin Red LineHis beautiful cinematography and profound character development makes his movies like no other. They’re real, they’re sincere and they’re beautiful masterpieces of pure genius. You step inside his mind and find magnificent landscapes followed by music that send shivers down your spine. They’re movies that stick with you and devour your every thought until you watch it for the second time. These are the type of movies that matter, they make a difference in your life. Good or bad, a movie that makes an impact is an amazing feeling.

I personally loved this film. It’s a movie that I could believe. It didn’t have some over the top romantic sub-plot that ruined the rest of the movie and it didn’t have a forlorn tragedy. It’s so much better than that; It’s real.

Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums

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Quirky, uplifting, and hilarious, what else is there to expect with a Wes Anderson film? The Royal Tenenbaums is a wondrous movie about a family that is being torn at the seams. The word “family” has been long forgotten in their household however a illness has opened their eyes to whats truly important.

Wes Anderson is an American film director and screenwriter. He has amazed audiences throughout the world with his unique approach to filmmaking and unconventional story-lines. I, personally, have been a huge fan of his work since I first watched The Life of Aquatic, thus opening my eyes to all of his other works of art. Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore, and the Darjeeling Limited begun to fill my mind as I was consumed by the stories that he had created. I adored every single one, but for some strange reason I decided not to watch The Royal Tenenbaum‘s, until now.

Whimsical music fills your ears as you are brought into a world of pure despair. That pretty much sums up every single Wes Anderson film. Its magical the way its so relatable but exaggerated to the point where you’re laughing none stop. The way that he relates to real life problems but makes them seem so silly allows you realize how small and irrelevant everyday problems are, even though people tend to give them so much power.

I personally enjoyed this film so much that I couldn’t help but break my oath and watch it multiple times. It’s just so uplifting and heartfelt that it haunted my every thought until I built up the courage to watch it for the third time.

I would recommend this film to anyone that loves eccentric films about real life problems. It truly brings you on a journey of self loathing and self finding to the point where you shed tears of pure happiness.