VAGUE WICKER MAN SPOILERS
The ending is nuts, and not just the obvious sacrifice. It's the joyful song that gets me.
03/13/15 Wolf Alice - the Rickshaw Stop
04/24/15 Polaris - The Chapel
06/11/15 Neutral Milk Hotel - The Phoenix Theatre
I'm surprised by the reviews for Snowpiercer, the trailer makes the movie look like total cheese to me.
10/29 Hot Chip @ The Fox Theatre
11/07 Rufus Du Sol @ The Mezzanine (?)
11/13 Mr Little Jeans @ The Rickshaw Stop
11/20 Keep Shelly in Athens @ Awaken
Boyhood is a treat of a masterpiece.
Yeahhhhh sorry to burst everyone's bubble but Snowpiercer was meh. Fun at points but overall.... eh.
I have to be something of a bubble-bursting asshole as well, on both Snowpiercer and Boyhood. Overall, I would give them both positive grades, because their innards outpace their exteriors - Snowpiercer is 17 different kinds of dumb on the outside, but the parable has teeth; and Boyhood is.....well, I bemoan its shortcomings with spoilers here. But neither would even crack my top 10 of the year today, and I've only seen 22 total new releases.
Snowpiercer is the type of genre film I totally eat up. It deserves some criticism to be sure and I wouldn't expect everyone to like it, but for my money it is fantastic. I'd put it in the same category as Looper, which I know many here didn't like as well. As for Chris Evans, I like him and didn't see anything wrong with his performance aside from his flubbed speech in the 3rd act. Overall I wouldn't say it's Joon-Ho Bong's best film, but it's still a great piece of cinema.
As for Boyhood, I noticed it shortcomings as well and was ready to forgive them even before the ending of the film, but those last few lines summed it up perfectly for me. I mean how can a film this ambitious not have shortcomings? It's pretty miraculous they were able to pull it off. The film as a whole definitely struck a cord with me and was one of the more emotional films I've seen in a while. I didn't go in expecting a Malick film and would put it next to a film like Margaret which I'm not so sure was any more "interesting as cinema".
I watched Stephen Chow's Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons and I really, really liked it. It does suffer from some bad CGI and and uneven pacing, but it's wildly entertaining. There are some absolutely outstanding action sequences and quite a bit of really funny bits, as well as just purely good storytelling. It seems to be overall a pretty faithful adaption to the original story as well. I really hope they are able to follow through with a sequel.
12/10/15 - Kamasi Washington @ Club Nokia // 12/12/15 - HEALTH @ Teragram Ballroom // 12/19/15 - Pity Sex @ Echo // 2/13/15 - Black Sabbath @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
3/19/15 - Clint Mansell @ Theater at Ace Hotel // 3/26/15 - Greg Dulli @ Teragram Ballroom
Some of the satire in the film, like the classroom scene, is quite over the top...and doesn't work in a trailer, and is a little uneven in the film.
Boyhood though, for me, was underwhelming to be honest. I saw it a while ago and it just never really connected with me. And some of the film, like Roger Clemens, didn't age well. And I get it, when you commit to film over a 12 year period, that's gonna happen...not everything ages well, that's life. But then I guess that's part of my problem with the film, once you get past the effort and commitment it took to make a film like it, I'm not sure the rest of it quite measures up.
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Now that it's a little past the halfway mark of the year, what are some of your guys' favorites of 2014 so far?
Grand Budapest Hotel. What a wonderful movie.
7/30 - The Chemical Brothers @ Armory
8/7-9 - Outside Lands
8/28 - Booka Shade @ Mezzanine
9/16 - Foo Fighters @ Shoreline
9/17 - Heart @ Masonic
9/18 - Dawes @ Fillmore
9/18 - Lindstrom @ Mezzanine
10/2 - Duran Duran @ Greek
10/8 - Beirut @ Greek
10/17-18 - Treasure Island
3/24 - David Gilmour @ Hollywood Bowl
3/25 - David Gilmour @ Hollywood Bowl
4/11 - David Gilmour @ Madison Square Garden
4/22-24 - Coachella weekend 2
Wow, I absolutely agree with your top two, Gabe. I need to see Only Lovers Left Alive.
Watched Snowpiercer last night...Did I apparently not pay attention to the part where they state "WHY" they're on a damn train forever? I thought it was good at some levels, other parts of the movie seemed to depend too much on the viewer accepting what was being thrown out at you.
So are the little asian girl and black boy supposed to repopulate the world in that last scene?