London • director Hunter Richards
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m slowly working my way through Chris Evans filmography. This week Netflix delivered a film whose synopsis couldn’t be more indie if it tried - London.
Parts of this movie were quite enjoayable - mainly Jason Statham, Chris Evans and any scene that took place in the bathroom at the going away party. What threw me (other than what I can only assume was a really bad wig on Chris Evans), was that despite being a real life couple, Jessica Biel and Chris Evans didn’t seem to be a relatable couple. I’m not sure quite what was missing, but it definitely didn’t feel like they were connecting…at least not nearly as much as Statham and Evans did in their scenes.
Still, this movie is entertaining, and ver nicely, Mr. Statham is able to do more than just punch and shoot.
No creeping doubts? Not feeling persecuted, Dom? Chased around the globe by anonymous corporations and police forces, the way the projections persecute the dreamer? Admit it: you don’t believe in one reality anymore. So choose. Choose to be here. Choose me.Mal ~ Inception • director Christopher Nolan
Under the Skin • director Jonathan Glazer
To be quite honest, I haven’t been able to form a full opinion on this film. It feels completely different than anything I’ve ever watched before. What I can say is that this film is visually stunning and remarkably edited - seriously, things that scream of the talent of the artists that worked on this film. And also, Ms. Johnasson is given the chance to completely create a character from the ground up and her performance is phenomenal.
This movie is not for the faint of heart, and will probably appeal to serious cinefiles only. However, watching this film is not a waste of your time.
Bottle Shock • director Randall Miller
Sideways move over, Bottle Shock is the movie that made me start to be interested in wine.
Arrogance may not be a uniquely American trait, but I must say, you do it better than anyone.Red Skull ~ Captain America: The First Avenger • director Joe Johnston
Puncture • directors Adam Kassen & Mark Kassen
Puncture is the tale of a very interesting lawyer during his final case. Mike Weiss is brilliant, stuck at a career level below his capabilities, and heavily addicted to drugs. However, he and his partner stumble onto a case that pits medical manufacturers against a small-time engineer trying to save lives and they are sucked into a spiraling case they never imagined.
This is a fascinating story on it’s own, that would have probably fared better at the box office in a post-Dallas Buyers Club world; however, what is truly riveting about this film is the performance of Chris Evans. He acts his butt off in this film, and provides an electric life to a character than in the hands of many would be an enigma. There are moments in this film where I could not take my eyes off of his performance and that is a thing of beauty.
I feel bad that too many people will not pay attention to Mr. Evans performances outside of the Marvel universe because they really should. He’s a great actor that truly engages with the material he’s given - it’s why Captain America isn’t a chiche. He’s definitely an actor I’d love to work with one day and I really do hope he doesn’t retire from acting.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes • director Rupert Wyatt
I didn’t see this film in theaters because I just couldn’t stand the thought of another reboot of this series (anyone remember the Tim Burton reboot?) and it was around the time I was so tired of hearing about James Franco. I definitely needed a media break from him. However, my not seeing this film in theaters was a mistake. This is an incredible movie.
Somehow, the filmmakers get you to do the impossible - you feel sympathy for Caesar and the humans. You want Will to be able to keep Caesar in his family and have his miracle cure for his father work, and you want Caesar to defeat the horrible captors he ends up in the hands of - even if it means a bloody revolt.
This is wonderful writing and storytelling at play. It makes me excited for the sequel - and if possible, I need to see that one in the theater.
Another Earth • director Mike Cahill
To this day, this movie mesmerizes me. This sequence, about the Russian cosmonaut, is one of my favorites in the movie and proves both the brilliant writing in this movie, and the acting prowess of Ms. Marling.
You may not like him, Minister, but you can’t deny: Dumbledore’s got style.Shacklebolt ~ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix • director David Yates
Mulholland Drive • director David Lynch
I somehow managed to make it all the way through film school without seeing this movie. Now, having seen it, that thought makes me incredibly sad. I would have spent hours analyzing the crap out of this movie and discussing it with my fellow film students. It would have been a glorious time.
Mulholland Drive is not an easy movie, and it is not meant to be. David Lynch is not trying to give the audience a straight forward story, but instead something that makes you think about perception, reality, people and even the Hollywood industry.
I am sure that every time this film is watched a new interpretation can be reached.