My 2 cents on Newsroom & good recap! Ultimately its just a tv show & one I'll continue to give my limited time to.
Probably my favourite episode of Newsroom thus far this week.
Entertaining but also tense and powerful. Good recap article - subtext in the show as Sorkin takes on his critics (much like he did in the back end of Studio 60 when they knew it wasn’t being renewed). Yes the show has some convenient plot twists and it wears idealism on its sleeve but ‘West Wing’ was just as idealistic (if not moreso).
I can understand and respect the dislike of the show but its just a tv show at the end of the day and is one I’ll continue to give my limited time to :)
Brad Pitt stars in a film filled with surprises - not least of all that the film succeeds on many levels - given the troubled production process and number of writers and prod cos involved. Incredibly tense series of suspenseful sequences; each treated a little differently. Despite a lack of character development, it achieves its objectives with a solid cast with an impressive lead performance. Now need a cup of hot chocolate to get myself ready for bed which is a good sign of its overall effect. The final resolution isn’t as successful as the rest of the film - and somewhat predictable - but is serviceable. Interesting that section of the film was the rewritten and re-shot components of the film.
Marc Forster redeems himself somewhat with smart confident direction after the abysmal directorial misstep with the disappointing, ‘Quantum of Solace’. Want a tense pacey sequences bridged together then ‘World War Z’ may just satisfy in more ways than it should. 3.5 stars.
After two mediocre cinematic experiences, to come across a film with little expectation and being very surprised and having the best time in a film this month is ‘Warm Bodies’
What a nice surprise! Very entertaining & fun little film. Romeo and Juliet with Zombies :) nicely acted with two charismatic leads - I really liked them both with Theresa Palmer being incredibly natural and charismatic on screen. Well written and solid direction and pace. Its the small touches that help really make it - and especially the voice over. Tobey take note :) Not hugely into zombie films but it would be up there with Shaun of the Dead - both comedies but quite different.
I like nice cinematic surprises - much like Monsters was a couple years ago. Both made on small budgets but with interesting takes and solid filmmaking. Inspiring stuff! 3.5 stars :)
David hat being put on this time with Margaret’s necklace: Man of Steel.
Reasonably enjoyable and intelligent take on the material. I like the reimagining of placing him in a modern context and twisting some of the familiar elements - that was one of the key strengths and breaking completely away from what had come before it - however, the weaknesses meant that I kept thinking back to those earlier films - especially the first two.
Performances solid; especially the fathers. Cavill suits the role well. Has elements of Nolan especially in its structure and flashbacks. Didn’t like the direction and the film is ultimately hollow and potentially forgettable in the longer term as a consequence. I think Nolan may’ve handled his concept better in execution. Far better than Superman Returns (not hard) and fitting Superman into the modern world with an interesting take. However the sentiment ‘You’ll believe a man can fly” was more true in 1979 despite the improvements in VFX. For me, the fault was in the generic soulless action sequences - they weren’t particularly interesting or awe inspiring .. they are just sequences we’ve seen in plenty of CGI intensive hollywood blockbusters (like all of Zack’s previous films too). When Superman flies you should feel that soaring feeling with him.. like that memorable moment in 1979 when he first really appears saving Lois and catching the helicopter: “You’ve got me, who’s got you?” 3 stars
Ok putting my David and Margaret hat on for a minute - more Margaret this time surprisingly.
Gatsby - I’m glad I saw it to be able to form an opinion and disregard hype or shredding. Quite good overall. The Baz bits I expected to be spectacle really were flatter (perhaps due to composition and sound design) and he excelled in the second half for me more surprisingly. I did find it visually quite choppy and there were times I wondered whether it was because it was masking for coverage. Compositionally a bit all over the shop which is unlike Simon Duggan.
Yes, it needed some condensing in the first half. Music design didnt work like it has on his previous films but didnt bug me as much as the Vanessa who I saw it with.
Thought Leo excelled as did Carey & Joel. Tobey Maguire was very weak and wooden for me - his VO grated and quite early on he went from sombre to enlivened instantly and then back again because the flashback was happier times yet the telling was in the present; off-putting. But I do think Baz managed to achieve something of the opulence of the time (as you’d expect) but probably more surprisingly captured Gatsby’s conflict & what I remember of the book quite well - especially in the second half. Unfortunately there is a lot that distanced me from the film (VFX heaviness, music and editing) that didnt give the emotional pay off at the end even though I think it was there in the script. 3 stars from me - David?
Had such a great weekend listening to the classic countdown..
Many were expected and some unusual rankings .. Only a few very odd inclusions (The Gadfly anyone ?)..
And some very notable omissions: No Thomas Newman (American Beauty in particular); Danny Elfman (Batman or Edward Scissorhands esp) or Alexandre Desplat (in his own right).. Or Carter Burwell (unless I missed it)
No Jaws (although Williams was very heavily featured), Citizen Kane or Cape Fear.
Still some amazing moments and probably should’ve involved original film scores rather than classical music in the films to avoid some choices that were obviously only there for their classical reputation rather than how it worked in the film context.