Apologies once again about the lack of posts. I will be rescheduling the timetable to fit my work and college timetable, and will make the blogs more consistent. More on that after this week’s review.
This week has actually been an eventful week in terms of film. I watched four films this week, two of which are connected into one coherent film. They are all majorly different in terms of audience, genre and tone but I found all of the films to be very entertaining. Here are my reviews of the films:
Nymphomaniac (Vol 1 & 2)
This film series is easily the weirdest thing I have possibly seen on screen. It follows a simple premise, and if done wrong this could have been boring. However, something about the first film in particular kept me up at 3am watching.
To put it short, this film is about sex. There are a lot of pornographic scenes in these films, and a lot of behaviour that isn’t considered acceptable. A lot of scenes were very disturbing, and are seen as unforgiving. From rape to break-ups, this film covers all aspects of love and sex.
Despite doing such horrible and unforgivable acts, I still was drawn to the main character. Seeing her tell her life story was so compelling and made her likeable despite her actions. There was also something about this method of film-making that feels honest and shameless, keeping the layout simple and to the point.
This movie definitely isn’t for everyone. In fact, this is possibly not a movie for most people. It is very artsy in its presentation, and is there to provoke many reactions (which is succeeds in). The end threw me off and I felt was very contradicting to the rest of the film, and I would have liked to see it removed from the film. I have heard disturbing things from the uncut version of the film and I am yet to decide whether it is worth looking out. I will probably never watch this film again, but it will be stuck in my head for a very long time.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Pixar. Whilst Disney still remains top of the animation companies, I have much admiration for the start of Pixar and what they have achieved. There has not been a great Pixar film since Inside Out, and I had good hopes for this edition as it is a entirely new concept.
It is safe to say that I believe 2018 will be the year of Pixar. With The Incredibles 2 coming out this Summer, Pixar are back on form. In terms of Coco, it is the best Pixar film since The Incredibles, and in my top three Pixar films of all time. Yes, that is how good this film truly is.
Apart from the small grope that I think the family are over-dramatic at the start to truly ban music the way it is, I loved every moment of this film. All of the characters are written fantastically, especially in terms of flaws and imperfections. As someone who is connected closely to their family, I feel a special connection to this film.
The animation style of this film is also beautifully done. The bright colours and ornate designs bring out the festival atmosphere of Day of the Dead and honours the tradition so beautifully. I also love the animation of the bones through the skin, and the mythical creatures are all so beautiful.
This is the first time that Pixar has truly embraced the musical aspect of a Disney film and they did it really well. It didn’t overshadow the film like most Disney films, but instead covered a basis of catchy, Mexican songs that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Please, go give this film some love. This is so under appreciated and deserves all of the attention it can get. It is one of Pixar’s best and it passed the Pixar test – I was crying by the time the credits came up.
The Cabin in the Woods
For one of my classes at college, I am studying different films. Our focus is on the horror genre, and to get a sense of signifiers and links to other horror conventions, our media of choice is The Cabin in the Woods. I have only gotten into horror films in the past few years, so I missed this one when it came out.
I was excited to watch this in class because of that horror aspect, but also because of Chris Hemsworth. Whilst I had never heard of the other actors in this film, that was a good thing to me. All of the actors did brilliantly in their roles, and each role was perfectly fit for their conventions but also to break them.
This film is the perfect study for a horror film, and I understand now why my teacher chose to study this film in particular. There are so many nods and nuances from other past films such as Saw and Psycho that as a film fan I can truly appreciate.
Whilst I was confused about the decision for the ending that the film has, this film is very smart in its presentation and story. It is self aware about the formula of a horror film in terms on character, with each person taking on a specific role.
Overall this is a great film for any film fan to watch, especially those who enjoy the horror side of film. It is rare that a good horror film is made nowadays, and this is the example of one made in the past five years that is actually good.
The plan for this blog now is to post my reviews every Wednesday and a second blog post related to film discussions on Saturday. I am hoping that this schedule will work out better for me. I already have a bunch of films ready to talk about and I am extremely pumped for Black Panther being released this week.
So until Saturday, that was some film for thought.