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21 Apr 14 at 7 pm

HerSpike Jonze (2013)

I wrote a four page paper on this film but I can’t seem to sum it up in a paragraph. Her was beautiful in every sense, the photography, the acting, the story. It just felt so real and close and iknowexactlywhatyoumean for something set in the future.

Her, Spike Jonze (2013)
I wrote a four page paper on this film but I can’t seem to sum it up in a paragraph. Her was beautiful in every sense, the photography, the acting, the story. It just felt so real and close and iknowexactlywhatyoumean for something set in the future.
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16 Apr 14 at 2 pm

thefilmchronicles:

Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach (2013)

I kind of feel like this film was made for me, and I think a lot of people will feel the same. It’s so refreshing to have the core of a film be friendship, especially friendship in between two women. Frances Ha is funny, honest, sweet and is one of those films that manages to capture the essence of those little moments in life. The black and white wasn’t necessary (or really justified) but it isn’t bothersome either. I am just completely in love with this film.

I’ve read reviews that say that men won’t be able to relate to this film, I don’t see why women can relate to friendship in between two men and not the other way around.

Something about watching Frances Ha with your roommate just makes it even better. I am still very much in love with this film and recommend it to everyone.

thefilmchronicles:

Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach (2013)
I kind of feel like this film was made for me, and I think a lot of people will feel the same. It’s so refreshing to have the core of a film be friendship, especially friendship in between two women. Frances Ha is funny, honest, sweet and is one of those films that manages to capture the essence of those little moments in life. The black and white wasn’t necessary (or really justified) but it isn’t bothersome either. I am just completely in love with this film.
I’ve read reviews that say that men won’t be able to relate to this film, I don’t see why women can relate to friendship in between two men and not the other way around.

Something about watching Frances Ha with your roommate just makes it even better. I am still very much in love with this film and recommend it to everyone.

16 Apr 14 at 2 pm

Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki (2012)

It was cute, funny and heartfelt. I’m always for stories that focus on friendship as the main relationship (here it was a bit polluted with the number of romantic relationships but I’ll live). Seriously, I want them all and I want them to be awkward and sweet and real. Gayby won’t go down in any kind of cinematic history but I had a really good time watching it.
FYI though, the A is for asexuals, allies don’t need a safe space.

Gayby, Jonathan Lisecki (2012)
It was cute, funny and heartfelt. I’m always for stories that focus on friendship as the main relationship (here it was a bit polluted with the number of romantic relationships but I’ll live). Seriously, I want them all and I want them to be awkward and sweet and real. Gayby won’t go down in any kind of cinematic history but I had a really good time watching it.FYI though, the A is for asexuals, allies don’t need a safe space.

15 Apr 14 at 10 am

Poulet aux Prunes (aka Chicken with Plums), Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi (2011)

I never thought I could love a film this much while disliking the main character as much as I did. Every setting was perfect though, each cinematic device was used at the right time, to the point were if there hadn’t been any dialogue I probably would have understood the implications of each scene. Live-action took nothing away from the multi-dimensional world full of dreams and fantasies that Marjane Strapi created in Persepolis.

Poulet aux Prunes (aka Chicken with Plums), Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi (2011)
I never thought I could love a film this much while disliking the main character as much as I did. Every setting was perfect though, each cinematic device was used at the right time, to the point were if there hadn’t been any dialogue I probably would have understood the implications of each scene. Live-action took nothing away from the multi-dimensional world full of dreams and fantasies that Marjane Strapi created in Persepolis.
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12 Apr 14 at 12 pm

SnowpiercerBong Joon-Ho (2013)

I am so happy about this film because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I wanted it to be, but it was! There were some frustrating aspects (some of the storylines were kind of thrown out their, hinted at multiple times but never developed i.e. Grey and Gilliam's relationship) but it was overall satisfying. Casting Chris Evans as the lead was an excellent choice because we follow the journey of this face we know as so typically-american in a scenario were none of the typical hero antics or characteristics stand a chance. Everything is tainted and that is what makes the story compelling. The closed linear space is well dealt with (even if you have to make with some of the incoherent details) and you really get the sense of moving forward towards a end that seems less and less desirable. The build up is great, the build up is everything.

P.S. Chris Evans with a beard.

Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-Ho (2013)
I am so happy about this film because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I wanted it to be, but it was! There were some frustrating aspects (some of the storylines were kind of thrown out their, hinted at multiple times but never developed i.e. Grey and Gilliam's relationship) but it was overall satisfying. Casting Chris Evans as the lead was an excellent choice because we follow the journey of this face we know as so typically-american in a scenario were none of the typical hero antics or characteristics stand a chance. Everything is tainted and that is what makes the story compelling. The closed linear space is well dealt with (even if you have to make with some of the incoherent details) and you really get the sense of moving forward towards a end that seems less and less desirable. The build up is great, the build up is everything.
P.S. Chris Evans with a beard.

11 Apr 14 at 12 pm

Les Rencontres d’après minuit (aka You and the Night), Yann Gonzalez (2013)

I watched this film primarily for two reasons: the poster is beautiful and I heard a radio interview of the director during which I discovered that M83 had done the score. The film itself is very theatrical which is something I’m very reticent to in films (but it’s well done if you like that kind of direction). I have no idea how to react to this film because it’s so contradictory. The film itself is full of beautiful emotional dialogues which are delivered with purposefully stilted tones. It presents itself as something provocative but ends up being a lot tamer than I expected. I ended up feeling like the still shots were better than the film itself.

Les Rencontres d’après minuit (aka You and the Night), Yann Gonzalez (2013)
I watched this film primarily for two reasons: the poster is beautiful and I heard a radio interview of the director during which I discovered that M83 had done the score. The film itself is very theatrical which is something I’m very reticent to in films (but it’s well done if you like that kind of direction). I have no idea how to react to this film because it’s so contradictory. The film itself is full of beautiful emotional dialogues which are delivered with purposefully stilted tones. It presents itself as something provocative but ends up being a lot tamer than I expected. I ended up feeling like the still shots were better than the film itself.
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11 Apr 14 at 11 am

Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas (2014)

I watched it! Of course I did, it was made for people like me who loved the show and were frustrated by the vague ending. I can’t really imagine that people who weren’t fans of the show will find any enjoyment in this film. Because it’s very Veronica Mars and not much else, it flows more like an extended episode than a film. But one thing they did right (and I am very grateful for this) was make the film about Veronica and not exclusively about her relationship with Logan (even though that was one of the reasons we all wanted this film). It starts and ends with her journey and her choices and that was the heart of the show.

Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas (2014)
I watched it! Of course I did, it was made for people like me who loved the show and were frustrated by the vague ending. I can’t really imagine that people who weren’t fans of the show will find any enjoyment in this film. Because it’s very Veronica Mars and not much else, it flows more like an extended episode than a film. But one thing they did right (and I am very grateful for this) was make the film about Veronica and not exclusively about her relationship with Logan (even though that was one of the reasons we all wanted this film). It starts and ends with her journey and her choices and that was the heart of the show.
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01 Apr 14 at 12 am

Leap Year, Anand Tucker (2010)

I am really bad at updating recently and when I do update it’s to bring you a movie I only watched because Matthew Goode looks great in a beard. Which is something you should be allowed to do from time to time really, do it, watch movies for superficial reasons (I have discovered good films this way). Anyway Leap Year isn’t that good, it also isn’t that bad. It has Irish scenery, great tropes (fake-married, begrudgingly stuck together -my fave-, etc.) and beards, so yeah, it could have been a lot worse. That said I will probably never watch it again. 

Leap Year, Anand Tucker (2010)
I am really bad at updating recently and when I do update it’s to bring you a movie I only watched because Matthew Goode looks great in a beard. Which is something you should be allowed to do from time to time really, do it, watch movies for superficial reasons (I have discovered good films this way). Anyway Leap Year isn’t that good, it also isn’t that bad. It has Irish scenery, great tropes (fake-married, begrudgingly stuck together -my fave-, etc.) and beards, so yeah, it could have been a lot worse. That said I will probably never watch it again. 
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24 Mar 14 at 12 pm

Freier Fall, Stephan Lacant (2013)

The plot was so unsatisfying, not because I wished it had a happy ending but because I felt like the film never really started going anywhere and then just ended. It does so with a shot that was supposed to be a parallel illustrating how much the character had evolved; but I never felt that I was witnessing an evolution. I’ve seen this story before, I know all these tropes too well, I have no interest in seeing them delivered in the exact same way (especially since in France this was marketed as an artsy film).

Freier Fall, Stephan Lacant (2013)
The plot was so unsatisfying, not because I wished it had a happy ending but because I felt like the film never really started going anywhere and then just ended. It does so with a shot that was supposed to be a parallel illustrating how much the character had evolved; but I never felt that I was witnessing an evolution. I’ve seen this story before, I know all these tropes too well, I have no interest in seeing them delivered in the exact same way (especially since in France this was marketed as an artsy film).
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23 Mar 14 at 11 pm

Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas (2013)

I always want to see more films with Dane DeHaan, he is a great actor and always brings something unsettling to his characters. I really wasn’t as impressed with the rest of the cast (although Daniel Radcliffe was better here than in any of the Harry Potter films, he even looked a lot more like Harry Potter). For a few good moments there was a lot of drama I didn’t care that much about.

Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas (2013)
I always want to see more films with Dane DeHaan, he is a great actor and always brings something unsettling to his characters. I really wasn’t as impressed with the rest of the cast (although Daniel Radcliffe was better here than in any of the Harry Potter films, he even looked a lot more like Harry Potter). For a few good moments there was a lot of drama I didn’t care that much about.