Inherent Vice


As a diehard Paul Thomas Anderson fan looking forward to his upcoming film, I bought Thomas Pynchon’s book a year ago and eagerly started reading it… then gave up less than halfway through. Still, I figured Anderson would manage to make “Inherent Vice” feel less pointless and uninvolving than on paper. Unfortunately, the big screen adaptation bored me nearly as much as the original novel. Continue reading Inherent Vice

The Interview


A few days ago, when I posted my year-end Top Ten, I included a Special Mention to “The Interview”, sight unseen, because I felt it was one of the most important movies of 2014 if only because motherfucking terrorists were trying to stop us from watching it. I won’t go into the whole saga surrounding the Sony hacks and whatnot, but the fact is that in the end, the movie was released in a few hundred independent U.S. theatres as well as online on sites like YouTube. Freedom! Continue reading The Interview

2014: My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

1 – BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Looking back at the films I loved the most this year, I see a wide range of genres: comedy, drama, science-fiction, action, romance, superheroes, eroticism… What do these movies have in common? Energy! Whether through effortless storytelling, dynamic cinematography, brilliant editing, an avalanche of ideas, non-stop gags and stunts (™ LexG), overwhelming emotion, exhilarating music, lively performances or a combination of those things, my favorite movies displayed plenty of energy. Continue reading 2014: My Top Ten Favorite Movies of the Year

Foxcatcher



“The following is based on a true story.”

I’ll be honest, this kind of a disclaimer doesn’t always sound good to me. I tend to prefer movies that are over the top, fantastical, wildly imaginative… As for biopics, they’re one of my least favorite genres. But there are some film based on real people and real events that manage to be all those things I love. As they say, truth can be stranger than fiction… Continue reading Foxcatcher

Wild


I admit it: I would never walk a thousand miles over three months, spending days and night all alone in the desert, the woods or whatnot, sleeping in a tent, etc. But that’s what movies are for, right? Making you experience things vicariously, giving you a chance to walk a mile (in this case, a thousand miles) in someone else’s shoes, you know? Continue reading Wild

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Peter Jackson‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I put it at #2 on my Best of the Decade (2000-2009) list and the next time I revisit it, it might just make its way on my all-time Top Ten. And yet, when “An Unexpected Journey”, the first episode of Jackson’s “The Hobbit” prequel trilogy, came out in 2012, I didn’t even go see it for various reasons (so-so trailer, bad reviews, rough year on a personal level). I also skipped “The Desolation of Smaug” in theaters last year and it’s only this month, a week and change before the release of “The Battle of the Five Armies”, that I caught up to them. And to be honest, I can’t say I regretted not seeing them until then. The first “Hobbit” is particularly disappointing and the second one is only marginally better. Still, I figured I should give a chance to the third and last one, and on the big screen this time.

The good news: “The Battle of the Armies” is certainly the best film in the “Hobbit” trilogy. The bad news: it’s nevertheless nowhere near as great as any of the “Lord of the Rings” films. Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

2014 log (12)

(2 Dec) Only Lovers Left Alive (2014, Jim Jarmusch) 68
[ If anything, this artsy vampire movie is beautifully designed, shot and edited. Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska are striking, haunting presences as well. Oh, and there’s some great music, too. But the narrative is very sparse and the tone is rather funereal, which is fitting for an artsy vampire movie, I guess… I still found myself admiring the film more than I enjoyed it. ] Continue reading 2014 log (12)