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Performances and ambition lift ‘Birdman’

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fivestars

 

(2014 – Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu   Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Emma Stone)

What impresses me most about Birdman is its fluidity amongst the never-ending on-screen brokenness. Every character is fragile and fighting perceptions of self-worth, confidence, validation, reality, and truth. So what better way to underlay the present than to give the illusion that the entire film is done in one two-hour take. In a film that is all about risk and truth, the single take approach brings clarity to a film in the riskiest way possible. We glide from one character to the next with no break, no cut, and no chance to catch one’s breath. Read More…

‘Interstellar': A rarity in today’s film world

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four_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: Christopher Nolan   Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain)

I have problems with Interstellar. Several, actually. A few plot points, lack of character building, dialogue heavy with exposition, and a script that would, at times, expedite things simply to keep the plot moving. This is a film that’s easy to nitpick. It’s a hyped up intergalactic science fiction film – there are bound to be question marks. But by golly, Christopher Nolan just landed one of the most dynamic, emotional, and ambitious films I have ever seen.

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‘Gone Girl’ and its sadistic look at marriage

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four_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: David Fincher   Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)

On its surface, Gone Girl is little more than Lifetime TV Movie fluff. It’s a crime story. A whodunnit story. A story that Dateline does every week. In normal hands, at worst, it would have ended up being a very good mystery film. But under the guidance of a master director (David Fincher) and a capable cast, Gone Girl becomes a methodical epic with effective commentary on marriage, image, power, and tabloid media. Read More…

‘Boyhood': A cinematic marvel

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four_andhalfstars

 

(2014 – Director: Richard Linklater   Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke)

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a film that makes you fall in love with movies again. It’s a marvel unlike any other and will surely be remembered for decades to come. Read More…

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