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‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ Review

‘Wind River’ stars Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olson and is about a FBI agent (Olson) and the town’s veteran game hunter (Renner) who team up to investigate a murder in the Wind River reservation. This film comes from writer/director Taylor Sheridan who is responsible for writing Sicario in 2015 and Hell or High Water (both oscar nominees). So I was interested in this film just based on the fact this was Sheridan’s directorial debut and I loved both Sicario and Hell or High Water. I really think Sheridan is one of the best writers working today. And this movie proves that without a doubt. This film knocked me flat. When the credits started to roll I sat in silence for a few minutes. This is a powerful, incredibly acted, intense, and chilling film. Themes of grief and how living in a place (in this case Wind River, Wyoming) that you are forced to live in can dictate how you view the world are shown in this movie in excruciating detail.  Jeremy Renner gives by far his best performance he’s ever given. His character has a sad past and has a connection with the other locals of Wind River and there are a lot of great scenes between Renner and Gil Birmingham, who plays the Native American father of the girl who was murdered. Renner is very understated and subtle in his performance but it’s as powerful as it could ever been. Elisabeth Olson is great in the film too and I was really happy about her character. In the beginning when she showed up I was hoping that she was not going to be a damsel in distress or anything like that but she was anything but that. Sheridan’s direction is fantastic with the cinematography being excellent as well. His dialogue as well can only be describes as honest. Sheridan has his characters say it like it is and I loved the dialogue for that. Like movies like Se7en, the town of Wind River feels like a character because of the way it’s shot and it incorporation in one of the themes of the film. One thing that surprised the hell out of my was the BRUTAL action scenes in this movie. I was really not expecting them but they are very very satisfying. Like Sicario and Hell or High Water, ‘Wind River’ has a punch in the gut finale that is truly….cathartic. Lastly, what makes this movie one of the best of the year for me is just how emotional it is and how Taylor Sheridan treated the subject matter. By some end text that appears at the end of the film it will be sure to knock you flat. It reveals another layer to the film and what it truly is about, which is heartbreaking. I think this is a film that you are probably going to hear a lot about come Oscar season and will definitely be in my top ten at the end of the year.

10/10 

 

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‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

‘Atomic Blonde’ Review

‘Atomic Blonde’ is the new action film starring Charlize Theron as an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate a murder and recover a list of double agents. This film comes from one half of the directing duo who brought us ‘John Wick’, David Leitch. I was looking forward to this because I love action movies, Charlize Theron is probably my favorite actress working today, and I love ‘John Wick’. I had a really good time with this movie! The story is pretty generic and is what you kind of expect from a movie like this. There are some cool twists and turns in ‘Atomic Blonde’ that I wasn’t expecting though. But for the most part this is a pretty straight forward action film. I’ll be honest the first 30-40 min or so is kind of slow. It takes some time to get going, But when an absolutely incredible action scene happens that starts in a staircase and goes into a car chase, that’s when this movie gets better and better as it goes along. That action scene I mention is, no joke, one of the most brutal action scenes I have ever seen. One of the best action scenes in any film you’ll see this year without a doubt. All of the action is great in this and the stunt work is incredible. David Leitch obviously knows how to shoot action right. No “shaky cam”, no quit cuts, and you can clearly see whats happening and its glorious. James McAvoy, who I’m also a big fan of, has a really good supporting role and he’s a lot of fun in this as well. This movie has a cool style that I liked a lot. It’s style with a lot of neon lights and it’s in-camera style with the action scenes really worked. I did have some issues with this movie though. The way it tells it’s story I felt was a little sloppy. They decide to have Charlize’s character in an interrogation room telling the story of what happened to her. I think that kind of sucked some of the tension out of the movie and the action scenes because we already knew that she was going to be okay. I wish that they just told the story straight forward instead of that. And like I said, for me it took a while for it to get going. But other than that I thought this was a pretty good action movie! I recommend this to people who just want to check out a cool action movie with a badass heroine in Charlize Theron. She’s fantastic as always.

7.5/10

 

Top 5 Films of 2017 (so far)

Top 5 Films of 2017 (so far)

Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite movies of the year so far. Like I’ve said before this is MY list and if you have a problem with that write an angry comment if that makes you feel better. First, some honorable mentions:

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Alien: Covenant- I really enjoyed Alien a lot. i thought this was a great return to form for Ridley Scott and the Alien franchise. I know most of you didn’t see this movie in theaters but definitely check it out when it comes on VOD because I think its worth your time.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year and while it did let me down just a tad in the story department, I still had a blast with this film. Director James Gunn is still one of the most creative directors working today, If you haven’t seen this yet definitely check it out.

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Beauty and the Beast: Look I don’t care what you think. I LOVED this movie. It was a magical ride that swept me off my feet and made me feel like I was 6 years old again watching the original at home. I still sing the song “Evermore” to this day. Am I ashamed of that? Hell no! It’s a dope track and I stand by that.

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Okja: Y’all probably haven’t heard of this movie. It’s a Netflix original movie and it’s directed by Bong Joon Ho, a korean filmmaker behind a film that I love to this day called Snowpiercer. Okja is a bizarre film. But it has an incredible heart and an incredible cast. If you are looking for a film that is just completely different from any movie you’ll see all year check Okja out.

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5. Wonder Woman: Coming out of Wonder Woman, I was so goddamn happy, I was just happy to see a DC film that was…..great. Look I liked Batman V Superman. It had problems but overall I thought the good outweighed the negative. That being said, I hated Suicide Squad. Talk about a film that is the definition of wasted potential. So I was obviously worried going into Wonder Woman. And DC really knocked it out of the park with Wonder Woman in my opinion. The action was bad-ass, Gal Gadot is a great heroine, and the film had a heart to it that I wasn’t expecting. But most importantly this movie makes my list because of just the cultural impact this movie has and will continue to have. To have a female lead superhero movie, directed by a woman, be as great as it is and doing great business, is great for Hollywood. There is a lack of female directors in Hollywood and hopefully this paves the way for more great female talent to emerge in Hollywood.

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4. It Comes at Night: This movie haunted me for a couple of days. This is a dark, bleak, and disturbing film that in my opinion includes some of the best horror filmmaking of the year. Joel Edgerton is Oscar worthy in this film. Truly a deeply haunting and affecting horror film. The reason this makes my list is just on the lingering quality that this movie had on me days after I saw it.

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3. Get Out: The fact that this is Jordan Peele’s first film that he wrote and directed is astounding. Peele makes a film that manages to be both highly entertaining as well as injecting extremely smart social commentary about race. All the performances are fantastic, especially Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford who are just creepy as hell in this. There are so many cool and disturbing twists and turns that really got under my skin in the best way possible. A film by Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele fame), you’d obviously expect some comedy in this. While there is not a lot of it in this movie, but when it is it hits HARD. The character of Rod played by Lil Rel Howry is so funny. Hadn’t laughed that hard at a character in a while. Peele is also obviously influenced by many classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, and does some cool visual tributes to other films that horror fans will spot and like. Overall, this is a fantastic horror film that is extremely smart and layered and will definitely raise discussion after the credits roll.

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2. Logan: Wow. That was the first word that came to my mind when Logan ended. Wolverine was and still is one of my favorite X-Men characters. I find that he is the most fascinating out of all them. And to see James Mangold take Wolverine in this direction was a sight to behold. This film is brutal and heartbreaking. This is not just the best superhero film of the year, it’s one of the best films of the year. Period.

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1. Baby Driver: All I have to say about Baby Driver is I’ve seen this film twice already. It’s been out for about a week and a half. Baby Driver is literally everything I love about movies and more. The soundtrack, the seemingly effortless healming of the action scenes, the choreography, Ansel Elgort, the unpredictability of the story, literally everything is perfect in this movie. I can’t think of one scene or moment that feels out-of-place. And that’s why it’s my favorite movie of the year so far.

Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver Review

Baby Driver Review:

I’m gonna keep this short. This movie is phenomenal. If you like action movies, comedy, music and just plain coolness then go see this movie. Director Edgar Wright has been one of my favorites for a long time. And holy hell he does not disappoint. Please go support this movie because this is one of the most original movies of the year and we need to show studios that we want more original kick ass films like this.

10/10

 

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