Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Film #106: American Psycho (2000)

Plot - Capitalist hunk go crazy.

Form - Eh.

F/X - No.

Acting - Bale is over the top nuts, more entertaining than any raspy throat Batmans.

Mise en scene - Capitalist hunk domains overstated to the max.

Quotables - No.

Cool stuff - '80s music, really dumb ending.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Film #105: Snake Eyes (1998)

Plot - Nick Cage is a dirty cop who gets caught up in a dirtier conspiracy. It's silly at times, but fun usually.

Form - Lots of gratuitous POV scenes that are pretty cool.

F/X - Not really.

Acting - Gary Sinese and Nick Cage are the perfect over-the-top pair for this material.

Mise en scene - There's literally this one shot of money with blood all over it when they're talking about figurative blood money. It's so insane.

Quotables - No, even though they try.

Cool stuff - Lots. Pervs, dirty cops, dirty military men, dirty chicks, etc.


Film #104: Going Clear (2015)

Plot - It's the age old Scientology shaming documentary..

Form - People talk.

F/X - N/A.

Acting - People bein' real.

Mise en scene - N/A.

Quotables - Some quotable stuff. Mostly about alien souls and OT levels.

Cool stuff - The highest budget YouTube expose you'll ever see.


Film #103: Natural Born Killers (1994)

Plot - One of my eight-year-old self's favorites. Violent, so '90s it hurts fun.

Form - So '90s it hurts fun. Stylish TV backgrounds shame the media throughout.

F/X - See form.

Acting - Over-the-top from start to finish.

Mise en scene - Eh.

Quotables - A bunch.

Cool stuff - Tons.


Film #102: While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Plot - A dumb romantic comedy with a better story than Kill Bill Vol. 2. One thing I can't get over: Sandra Bullock's black "voice-of-reason" friend is constantly giving her stupid or contradictory advice. Also, there's the sleazy dude in the film who lays lame lines on Sandra, but then Bill Pullman says the exact same-ish line five minutes later and she swoons over him. Lame.

Form - Whatever.

F/X - N/A.

Acting - Lots of famous old people actors who were on sitcoms throughout the '90s.

Mise en scene - No.

Quotables - Nah.

Cool stuff - No.


Film #101: Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)

Plot - Lame.

Form - Same as the first, except with less action.

F/X - Not really.

Acting - Mostly bad.

Mise en scene - Less interesting plot leads to less interesting set design.

Quotables - No.

Cool stuff - Not really.


Film #100: Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)

Plot - Scatter-brained junk, good sometimes.

Form - Stylish shit with lots of long dialogue sequences.

F/X - Great final battle.

Acting - Eh.

Mise en scene - Phenomenal. Tarintino, if anything, again proves himself to be a master of set design. Inglorious Basterds is probably my number one film of the 2000s for mise en scene even though the rest is awful.

Quotables - I dunno.

Cool stuff - Cool actions scenes, lots of space between them.