Monday, January 14, 2008

'Honest To Blog'

JUNO(Jason Reitman, 2007)


It's the 'indie movie of the year', like Little Miss Sunshine was in 2006. A hip, witty and smart comedy starring the very talented Ellen Page(Hard Candy, X-Men 3). Sometimes the script seems to try too hard to be 'zippy' and 'hip'(then again, so does Tarantino and Kevin Smith), but thanks to Ellen Page's delivery it all seems natural. Juno is a kind of movie that is so energetic and charming that you just hate to see it ends.

4.5/5

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN(Joel & Ethan Coen, 2007)


"What's he supposed to be? The ultimate bad-ass?"

Llewelyn Moss, regarding Anton Chigurh. Yes, that's the characters' names.

I couldn't help but hold my breath everytime Anton Chigurh, played by the great Javier Bardem, is on screen. Just to look at his emotionless, and merciless face is terrifying enough. He'll definitely go down in history as one of the greatest villain ever put on film. Up there with Hannibal Lecter.

It's pretty much already a fact that the Coen Brothers' latest offering is their best film since Fargo. Some may even claim it to be their best. It has everything that you would come to expect from the Coen Brothers, and more. Humor, suspense, and violence are so subtly meshed together without leaving out hints of 'humanity'. Personally I'd rather let it breathe a little bit. Wait about a year or so before claiming it a 'masterpiece'. But as it stands now, No Country For Old Men is close to it. A perfectly orchestrated thriller, that has a lot going on underneath. It wouldn't beat Once(that currently sits on the top of my soon-to-be Top 10 of 2007;after I see There Will Be Blood), but it'll probably be amongst my top 5.

4.5/5

NO END IN SIGHT(Charles Ferguson, 2007)

The best documentary film of 2007, and to me the most 'important' film of the year. No End In Sight chronicles the days after the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and reveals the ramifications caused by the incompetence and recklessness of the US policy that leads to Iraq's descent into anarchy. It's utterly jaw-dropping to see how much damage the American invasion has caused, and how such evil could even exist. The truth is, as has always been suspected, the Bush administration have no interest whatsoever to rebuild post-war Iraq. They couldn't care less. Add that with the on-going civil war in the region, there really seems to be no end in sight.

4.5/5

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