Veronika Decides to Die 11/26/20
There's a subplot that feels like it could be taken to a sensational place (Veronika becomes newsworthy because of the way she blasted a certain company in her suicide letter), but the film mostly sweeps this aside in favor of focusing on Veronika's development as a person.
Not in a literal sense (because that would be very spoiler-y), this film reminded me a bit of Fascination--a film where the enticing question is who is in danger, and in what way.
Running with Scissors 11/25/20
Honestly, the beginning of this film totally works, establishing the very special relationship between Deirdre and Augustin.
The Last King of Scotland 11/25/20
The film seems to want us to like Garrigan more than he deserves, and I felt as if his character arc was totally stunted by the slightly wishy-washy approach to his character--one minute totally brave and moral, the next minute acting in a way that puts others in mortal danger.
The Bridge on the River Kwai 11/25/20
The film centers the humanity of the story through the use of several observer type characters: a doctor (James Donald) who cares for the sick and injured at the POW camp and an unnamed group of women who accompany the Allied soldiers on their mission.
Set It Up 11/23/20
The other problem here is this film , on the surface, supposed to be about the romance between Charlie and Harper, but we never really buy Charlie and Harper as a star-crossed romance.
Ghost World 11/23/20
That's not to say I didn't like the film, on the contrary, I liked it very much, but I was never on board with these two girls as decent people.
Come Fill The Cup 11/20/20
If the truth be told, the real star of this film is a near brilliant screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts that nails a lot of the realities of alcoholism that films like The Lost Weekend, Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, and even Days of Wine and Roses don't.
Louis C.K.: 2017 11/20/20
Listening closely to the material, it's obvious that Louis is an expert wordsmith whose skill with a story begins with the composing of every story and every routine that ends up in front of an audience.
A Walk Among the Tombstones 11/19/20
The set-up of the story is clearly inspired by Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning screenplay for Pulp Fiction, which is clearly no coincidence since this film was produced by three of that film's producers, including Danny DeVito.