Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 in film (Part VII)

It seems a little bit of the crap has caught up with me this time. Still, some great stuff here at the top.

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10. Blair Witch
Directed by Adam Wingard

No written review. Here's my video review

9. Holidays
Directed by Kevin Smith, Gary Shore, Matt Johnson, Scott Stewart, Nicholas McCarthy, Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Sarah Adina Smith, and Anthony Scott Burns

About as inconsistent as you could expect. Most of the segments are pretty weak, but Father's Day was good. Every idea is cut short, and few of them were even relatively unique. Just don't bother watching the whole thing.

8. Holy Hell
Directed by Will Allen

It's very difficult for me to feel any kind of sympathy at all for ex-members of a cult/community who could have left at any point without any consequences, and this movie is almost solely reliant on just that. A poorly made documentary that doesn't adequately immerse you into the annals of group-thought without making you first go "well, what kind of idiot would you have to be to do that?" made all the worse by the fact that the filmmaker was also an ex-member of this cult. Sensationalist and fear-mongering without any sense or fear.

7. Hush
Directed by Mike Flanagan

A fairly minimalist thriller involving a lead character who is deaf. The first act is used almost exclusively to make you note the reasons why this event could take place, but there still wind up being quite a few unsightly logic gaps that emerge nonetheless. The set-up works and the filmmakers do a fine job at eliminating a good deal of genre pitfalls, but ultimately it boils down to "was it interesting or effective?" And sadly the answer is mostly a no. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't thrilled and ultimately didn't really care what was going on, especially by the third act.

6. I Am Not A Serial Killer
Directed by Billy O'Brien

Being a fan of Christopher Lloyd, I figured I might as well give this one a shot. It was relatively entertaining, up to a point, and while I did enjoy Lloyd's performance (Max Records did a solid job as well), I did feel slightly undrwhelmed by the movie as a whole -- particularly by the time the finale hit. I appreciate movies that are willing to take certain risks, but maybe this is one that would've worked better had they strayed away from the source material. Still, enjoyable enough nonetheless.

5. Sully
Directed by Clint Eastwood

No written review. Here's my video review

4. Love & Friendship
Directed by Whit Stillman

Smartly written and edited, this Jane Austen adaptation is just about everything you could possibly expect from a comedic fancy costume period piece. Though I can't technically find anything "wrong" about this movie, and there are moments where it's pretty funny, it still didn't resonate with me. Solid entertainment at best.

3. Other People
Directed by Chris Kelly

Tragic and funny, I was very impressed with Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons here for playing different roles than usual and showing a good deal of range. Good writing, good performances, and just generally a good movie. Good good good. Yup, that's about it.

2. Cemetery Of Splendour
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Slow-paced and mesmerizing, this is a hypnotic film that uses its time valuably, establishing the setting and giving the viewer plenty of time to absorb everything that's going on. This is bound to bore a vast majority of casual film goers but to the patient few, this is a a completely rewarding experience.

1. Son Of Saul
Directed by Laszlo Nemes

No written review. Here's my video review

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