What I’ve Been Watching

It’s bee a while since my last review. I honestly haven’t seen anything in a theater since It Follows, reasons being that I haven’t found a single thing worth paying money near me. I’m patiently waiting for Ex Machina to come out. In the mean time, I’ll try to keep this thing fresh by writing a bit on what I’ve been watching over the last three weeks. Full reviews will start coming soon.

Directed By John Curran

Tells the story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who walks across the Australian desert with her four camels and dog. Really atmospheric. For a movie about walking, the film was able to keep my attention for the entire run length. This can attributed to both the wonderful cinematography and the powerful performance by Mia Wasikowska. I’ve enjoyed her in pretty much everything she’s ever done and films like this only go to prove she’s one of the best young actresses working today. The film was heartbreaking as well as inspiring. It’s on Netflix and well worth it.

Directed By Darren Aronofsky

I’m not really sure why I didn’t watch this in theaters. I’ve never really been attracted to biblical films, but I’ve enjoyed Aronofsky’s last two films in Black Swan and The Wrestler. I guess the world’s oldest disaster story gave off a lot of “2012” vibes, so I decided to skip it until it released on some sort of streaming service. Netflix has answered that call. The film ended up being pretty entertaining. Sure the plot and themes were heavy handed and clumsily communicated. Sure it managed to piss everybody off. It also utilized some pretty awesome special effects and was able to draw out some great performances from Crowe, Connolly, and Watson. Most of the film was shot with CGI, which is something that I can only fully enjoy every once in a while, I enjoyed it. It’s worth the watch.

Directed By Jon Stewart

I’ve always been a Daily Show/Jon Stewart fan. His first film behind the camera ended up being pretty forgettable. I didn’t understand why they used Gael Garcia Bernal to play an Iranian reporter. I felt they could have been a lot more realistic with the portrayal of what was going on in Iran during the time of the elections. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t wow me at all. If you have the chance, check out the documentary Burma VJ for a real look at what documenting a tyrannical regime is really like. I did however enjoy the Fort Lee joke. Although, since I’ve lived here, I have not once seen these pleasure palaces.

Game of Thrones Season 5

Two episodes in, nobody has died yet. I don’t know if that is awesome or bad. Is that weird? I don’t want anybody to die, but I also love the fact that the show does what it pleases. We’re seeing a lot of different things with Tyrion in hiding, Jon Snow becoming more of a leader, and Dany losing hold of her power. Everything seems to be setting up for a serious season of shock and awe. I love this show.

House of Cards Season 1

What can I say? I’m late to the party. I just finished season one and I’m kicking myself for not jumping on this show earlier. Yes, I know Kevin Spacey is great in this. That’s not why I love the show. The secondary characters are all fantastic. The way these characters along with the entire show is written, gives me hope for Netflix Original content. Orange is the New Black and Bloodlines are also quality television, but this show may be the patriarch. Can’t wait to start the next season.

TV Review : The Leftovers/Pilot

Considering we are in the midst of a revival of the golden age of television, I will be taking a break from film to talk briefly about the new HBO series, The Leftovers, brought to us by the man whose work I love to hate, Damon Lindelof. After being blasted with the promo for three months in a row, we’re finally left with an actual look at this new series which tries to answer the question of why 2% of the worlds population decided to just get up and Houdini the fuck out of here. It’s the sort of premise that I’m totally into. I’ve been into mysteries for as long as I can remember but sometimes Mr. Lindelof tries way too hard to be mysterious. As long as aliens don’t pop up, I feel like this is an idea that hopefully will get me to ease up on the man.

Well, huh?

I have no idea what is going on in this. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. I’ve always been into not having things spoon fed to me on a silver platter. I like to try to figure things out for myself. The first episode revealed the big disappearance and the aftermath three years later, but that’s about it. We don’t really know exactly who the GR cult is or what they want although I’m sure it has to do with the fact that they didn’t ascend to some other plane of reality. The show speculated on why there are rabid packs of dogs running around and honestly that makes sense. It seems to be symbolism of chaos and order, a dilemma that police chief Garner, played wonderfully by Justin Theroux, seems to be wrestling with. The end of the episode was in my eyes a very good sign that Garner is starting to see things clearly. He chose order over chaos.

Very intriguing show so far that has sunk its hooks into me. It isn’t a groundbreaking show yet, but it’s certainly something to think about and take a journey with.