Movie Reviews

Films of October 2015

October was a successful month in terms of film viewing. I saw the last film in the Meryl Streep Marathon and started one dedicated to the films of Billy Wilder which I will finish soon. Besides these, this month I turned 24 years old. As I did in the previous years, I shared my favorite films on that day, a post which you can visit here.

I also went to the cinema and caught up with some critically acclaimed new releases like The Lobster, Macbeth, Sicario, The Martian, The Walk and Crimson Peak. I also signed to MUBI this month and caught up with some films using their service like Junun, Beauty and the Beast, Pollock and Funny Face. Hopefully in November I will catch up with some other new releases like Steve Jobs, Spectre, Bridge of Spies, the last installment in the Hunger Games franchise and my most anticipated film of the fall, Todd Haynes’ drama, Carol as well as start my next planned marathon dedicated to Disney animations. (more…)

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October 2014 Blind Spot: Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)

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David Lynch is the master of creating nightmarish sequences and his debut film Eraserhead is the film to prove that. Eraserhead stars Jack Nance who plays the protagonist, Henry Spencer, a young man whose entire world is shattered when he finds out that his girlfriend had a baby. Being a David Lynch film, all this isn’t portrayed in a realistic manner but in the most strange and frightening way. Everything from Henry’s apartment and the city he lives in to him meeting his girlfriend’s parents and, of course, his terrifying baby are otherworldly. (more…)

September 2014 Blind Spot: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)

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The Blind Spot film I selected for the month of September 2014 is also my introduction to the work of French director Jacques Demy, the 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Mireille Perrey, Ellen Farner and Marc Michel. What distinguishes this film from other musicals, besides being in French, is that it’s entirely sung. Every little conversation, every meaningless word is sung. While this could have made the film insufferable, it manages to make the best out of it and the director creates something truly special. (more…)

White Reindeer (Zach Clark, 2013)

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What I like about indie films is that they experiment, they have the freedom to discuss every subject and to have any type of main character. They don’t have to play by the rules, follow some pattern like most Hollywood films do. By the way, I am not anti-Hollywood but they sure release as much crap as possible. They are very talented at this. Given Hollywood’s inability to make an original film all we can do is turn to indie film. Indie cinema is our savior. (more…)

August 2014 Blind Spot: Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971)

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The first adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, stars Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Peter Ostrum as Charlie Bucket and Jack Albertson as Grandpa Joe.

Having seen Tim Burton’s adaptation I can safely say this film is much better and more entertaining. Gene Wilder’s Wonka feels more natural and like an actual human being to the strange Johnny Depp version. He’s charming and doesn’t come off as annoying. This performance is central to the film because if it turned out to be a mess then the film wouldn’t have worked. (more…)

July 2014 Blind Spot: Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)

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When picking my Blind Spots for 2014, I aimed at choosing films from every genre, ranging from comedy to horror. What drove me to select Caddyshack as my comedy pick was its popularity among cinephiles and the fact that it’s one of the first movies to have that 80’s comedy spirit ( and not only because it was released in 1980). I didn’t grow up in the 80’s and I didn’t see many films from that decade in my childhood so my experience with these comedies is limited. (more…)