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I Origins

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2015 by Des

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Release Date: September 2014

Plot Outline: A molecular biologist and his lab partner discover something about eyes that could change the way we understand life.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Well ladies and gentlemen, Brit Marling and Mike Cahill have done it again. They have once again delivered a film that has immediately landed itself on my list of favorite movies of all time. Anyone that knows me, knows that Another Earth is my favorite film of all time. I recommend it to anyone that will listen to me rant about it. When I saw that I Origins, by the same writer and director was in the making, I knew I had to see it right away. The plot alone hooked me. I Origins is completely unique and it fully delivers in every way possible. It is unlike any film I have seen before.

I Origins absolutely took my breath away. This film had it all. For one, the soundtrack was beautiful. The music went so well with the scenes in this film. The scenes themselves were absolutely beautiful. They were visually stunning, like works of art. I wish I could have paintings hanging in my apartment of some of the scenes in this film. And the acting…oh the acting! The four main actors in this film (Brit Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, and Steven Yuen) were fantastic. Their performances were spot on.

The script was beautifully written. The dialogues are thought provoking and profound. The words spoken by the characters are words you will want to quote for a long time.

Though I Origins is pretty science based and I am not good at science, I was able to follow this film with no problem. I Origins even made science fun and fascinating for me! Not an easy task. I loved that the plot was pretty complex but Mike Cahill (writer and director) made the plot easy to follow as well as engaging. I think this helps the film to be accessible for a wide audience when it comes to a variety of intelligence levels.

I Origins was pretty long but it didn’t feel that way at all. I could not look away from the screen for a single second. When the film ended I couldn’t believe it was over. I wanted to see more.

Both Another Earth and I Origins have fantastic endings that leave you begging for more. When both films came to a close my body was filled with goose-bumps.

I highly recommend I Origins (and Another Earth!) to anyone that loves unique films that challenge you and make you think about life for days on end.

I see a lot of movies and I have never had a favorite director until now. Mike Cahill and Brit Marling are a genius duo and I really hope they continue to make films together. I have vowed to see every film Brit Marling even appears in. She is such a talented actress and it is obvious she chooses her roles carefully. In my experience, any film Brit Marling is in is sure to be a fantastic cinema experience.

It is such a shame that these films haven’t received the recognition and attention they deserve. I hope more people have the pleasure of experiencing these films.

I could rant forever but basically: Drop what you are doing and watch I Origins right now!

The East

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: January, 2013

Plot Outline: An operative for an intelligence firm is assigned with joining an anarchist group undercover that is known for attacking major corporations.

Rating: 5/5

The East is now in the category of my favorite movies. I was extremely impressed with all aspects of this film. The acting was on point. I was completely convinced of each character and their development, the story line itself was fresh and unique, and it kept me on the edge of my seat and squeezing my boyfriend’s hand throughout the film.

What was great about The East is that it is controversial and overwhelmingly grey. There is no black and white in this film. The villains are the heroes depending on your own values and perspectives. What makes this film exceptional is that everyone will walk out feeling differently. Your opinion of The East will be based on your own personal values after encouraging some heavy self reflection, which will instigate fascinating conversations with friends after watching it.

I am obsessed with this film and I am obsessed with Brit Marling. I vow to see every film she is in. Any movie I have seen of hers thus far, I leave the movie with my jaw dropped and can’t stop thinking about it for days, sometimes weeks, this film included.

I strongly recommend this film. I was more than pleased and I think others will be as well. It is a shame that this phenomenal film has not gained more recognition.

A Bag of Hammers

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: March, 2011

Plot Outline: Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child, worn beyond his years; together they invent the family they’ve always needed (IMDB.com).

Rating: 5/5

A Bag of Hammers…where do I begin? This is the best film I have seen in a long time! That is the only accurate place to start. Everything was perfection…the plot, the acting, the music…

What an incredible film. This is definitely a tear jerker but such a feel good comedy. I cried sad tears, I cried happy tears. This film broke my heart and then melded it back together. A Bag of Hammers is a roller-coaster of emotions and you will enjoy the ride!

When the film ended I just sat and let it all sink in. I could not believe what a fantastic film I had just seen. How is this film not more popular? Why hasn’t everyone seen A Bag of Hammers? Why isn’t everyone talking about this? These are the questions I asked myself for days and weeks after seeing the film. I recommended it to anyone that would listen to me rant about it.

Instead of going on and on about this film I will say this: A Bag of Hammers is a must see. It will forever be on my long list of favorite films. What a unique gem.

If you liked this see: Phoebe in Wonderland, Patrik 1.5, Short Term 12

The Dirties

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2014 by Des

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Plot Outline: Two friends that endure daily bullying jokingly talk about killing their classmates…but one is not joking.

Rating: 4/5

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! The Dirties…For such a long time I was completely speechless. This film is incredibly powerful and intense. I thought about this film for weeks after watching it. What a masterpiece this was. It was incredibly well made. It was emotional, frustrating, and angering. I laughed, I cried, I stayed up at night thinking about it.

This is a film that takes the typical villain and makes him a victim from our perspective. We see things from the perspective of a killer. Only he isn’t quite so cold blooded. The Dirties tells the often ignored story of two teens that are bullied so badly in school everyday that they fantasize about killing their bullies. Bullying is a serious issue that is allowed to go on in the American school system. Sometimes the effects of bullying leave someone dead, whether by suicide or murder. Though this is fictional, this film gives us a good look at bullying that occurs in schools every single day.

Not only was this story line fantastic, the acting was phenomenal, and the editing was great.

The Dirties is definitely a must see!

If you liked this, see: Bang, Bang, You’re Dead starring Ben Foster

Short Term 12

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by Des

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Plot Outline: A woman in charge of a group home has to deal with her past demons while trying to help the teenagers in the group home battle theirs as well.

Rating: 4.5/5

Wow! What an emotional roller-coaster of a drama! I was so involved with this film that nothing else in the world existed. Everything about this film was phenomenal! The acting, the story line, the dialogue, the characters, the relationships, the music…everything was great.

Everyone I know that has seen this film absolutely loved it. I highly recommend this to everyone. It was unique and heart felt and genuine. Each character had their own set of issues that they were trying to survive through and I couldn’t help but root for every single one of them. It was very emotional and beautiful to watch. You will laugh, you will cry, you will smile, you will think about Short Term 12 for a long time after seeing it.

If you like this, see: Manic starring Don Cheadle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Another Earth

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , on May 9, 2014 by Des

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Release Date: 2011

Plot Outline: A duplicate of Earth is discovered and a young woman and a composer cross paths due to tragedy.

Rating: 5/5

Another Earth…how can words accurately describe my feelings? Another Earth is a masterpiece. It is beautifully written, beautifully acted, the plot is endlessly intriguing, and the music and scenes are just gorgeous. Another Earth is the best movie I have seen in a very long time. It was deep and thought provoking and you become attached to the characters. The scenes in the movie are breath taking. I was excited throughout every scene in the film.

I fell in love with Brit Marling from this film and have vowed to see every movie she is in.

This may be hard to watch for some because it is pretty slow but it is worth the wait!

I highly highly highly recommend this film! You just cannot be disappointed! It was incredible.

The Crazies

Posted in Must See! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by Des

Release Date: February 26th 2010

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: The members of a small town in Iowa start going crazy due to mysterious toxins in their water supply.

The Crazies was soooo good. Surprisingly I have no complaints about it! For once I only have good things to say. Shocking, I know. But I do always love zombie type movies. It’s hard for me not to like them…but not impossible.

The Crazies got right down to it. Within the first few minutes of the movie opening we get some action. It was fast paced which I always appreciated.

The Crazies reminded me of Quarantine but on a much larger scale. Instead of being cooped up in a building this zombie apocalypse type event took place in a town. The Crazies was an absolute fantastic thriller. The entire movie was suspenseful and it contained many shocking moments. I won’t lie; I jumped and yelped out loud quite a few times. Granted, I did watch this alone in my room with the lights off.

What I loved about The Crazies was that it wasn’t just about zombies or action. It had many realistic aspects to it.

We get into the human rights issues of how the government can at times hurt its people instead of help them. It all comes down to power and selfishness. We see this throughout the film.

The Crazies felt real. If a zombie apocalypse happened I feel like this would be what it was like. The emotions of desperation, the suspense, and the fear all felt so real thanks to the realistic events and good acting.

I loved how real the relationships in this movie were. We see some characters really trying to stick together and the sacrifices they make for each other’s well being. And on the opposite spectrum we see how some characters are selfish and will do anything to survive, including leaving loved ones behind. And some lines were really thought provoking. Example: “Don’t ask me why I can’t leave my wife and I won’t ask you why you can.” It forces you to put yourself in their situation and really think about what you would do.

I was so impressed with every aspect of the film. Even the music was perfect. It was eerie and successfully set up the mood.

And the ending! Ohhhh, the ending. It was perfection. I don’t think it could have ended any better.

Basically, see The Crazies! It was such a well done zombie/illness film.

 

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