#241 Ghost World -
Two misfit best friends seek direction after high school only to have their lives complicated when a lonely older man enters the picture. Based off the cult comic with a script written by its Daniel Clowes along with director Zwigoff, Ghost World is a strange, endearing, and hilarious film that sticks with you thanks to the excellent performances and even better screenplay. Birch and Johansson are wonderful as the friends who you really believe have a history and makes the path they take all the more believable, and Buscemi gives his career best performance as this sad-sack record collector that Birch finds interesting and perhaps sees him as something more. The film is filled with many oddball characters sometimes only with a few minutes of screen time to make their appearances memorable such as the wheelchair guy in the coffee shop or the shirtless guy in the convenience store, the soundtrack is one of my personal favorites, Zwigoff keeps the film moving along at a nice pace deftly handling the more dramatic moments with the darkly funny dialogue, and the film manages to go along a similar route we’ve all seen before many times while somehow still surprising us in the outcome of the story. The film deals with the subjects of adolescence and what it means to finally grow up and be an adult, but it never looks down on its characters for their behavior and instead presents them as real humans that you feel for even when they might be saying or doing something terrible. With its truly wonderful screenplay, a trio of fantastic performances, and an original look into the world of life after high school, Ghost World is one of the best comic book movies ever made and is the kind of offbeat comedy that I can’t get enough of; I’m going to give Ghost World my highest grade of A+
What are your thoughts on Ghost World? Love it? Hate it? Please let me know in the comments!
The Place Beyond the Pines (Cianfrance, 2013) The Blu Collection Full Slip edition.
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25/02 Blu-Ray Watches Part 1: Last day before work tomorrow, I want today to be endless:
- Personal Shopper balances abstract themes to create a chilling story that conveys grief. Much like you and me, we read plenty of reviews that stated "slowest film ever" or "Kristen Stewart cannot act". Naturally I became apprehensive, however I am glad to report that those comments can be negated. This was absolutely terrific! A personal shopper to a highly prolific fashion icon attempts to reach out to her recently deceased twin brother. Determined to receive a message to signify his presence in the afterlife, she resides in his home but with unconventional results. This character piece was tantalisingly intense where the drama captivated me and the thrills remained electrifying. Portraying grief, sorrow, solitude and melancholia as one individual was a tricky task, but it works successfully on a multitude of levels. Her experiences with the supernatural dilutes her own identity, grieving is a powerful emotive experience that changes people. She, much like myself, is much like a closed book and retains her feelings which creates a cold barrier that surrounds her. Unresponsive, tranquil and impressionable, the character of Maureen was a beautiful incarnation of sadness. Bolstered by a career best performance from Stewart. I kid you not, one of the best performances I've seen and one that I shall remember for quite some time. Assayas' direction was technically perfect. Lovely long takes through the uninhabited house, the urban streets of Paris and fashionable apartments. Much like the garments, his style felt trendy and modern and I really admire that reciprocation. The tonal shifts between a contemporary drama and ghost story don't always work, and the scene transitions were simply uninspired which is a shame. But that text message exchange though! Utterly gripping, the most intense series of iMessages I've seen (and that's including my texts...). It even concludes ambiguously, which pretty much sums this unconventional taut drama up. Ambiguously sumptuous. If you like spoon fed narratives, then move along. The rest of you, dig in...immediately.
Personal Shopper = 8/10
One of my favourites for The Oscars.
All the actors do a great work.
LADY BIRD is very good, special and personal. 🗯️🗯️ Voy a intentar ser breve.
Ayer fui al cine con cuatro personas más al cine de @aqualonocio . Dos de ellas se durmieron y las otras dos salieron de la sala riéndose de la película. Yo me pregunto, ¿de verdad vale la pena ir acompañado al cine?
Me respuesta es no. Y si quieres hacerlo se consecuente con que tipo de película llevas a cada tipo de persona.
Es una pena que estas cuestiones se tengan que hacer con una película como Lady Bird.
Esta no es la primera vez que veo esta película, y créeme, con la cantidad de estrenos que hay es muy difícil que yo quiera entrar de nuevo en una película; este no era el caso.
LADY BIRD es muy buena sin pretender serlo, lo que la convierte en especial y personal.
Es una historia con la que me siento totalmente identificado, no solo con la protagonista si no con todos los personajes y sus distintas situaciones. Es una película que perfectamente podría ser una biografía ya que parece que hayan sacado momentos cotidianos de un adolescente cualquiera y lo hayan plasmado en la pantalla.
Saoirse Ronan increíble, Laurie Metcalf igual, y podría nombrar todo el reparto si quisiera.
Creo que me gustado tanto porque ha llegado en un momento de mi vida en la que la necesitaba.
No me malinterpreten, no hay película perfecta, y esta tiene sus errores..... aunque yo, los sigo buscando.
Well, this was fun.... for the most part! 😄 Ha Jung-woo plays a radio jockey who used to be a popular nightly news anchor now hosting a phone in radio show talking about issues suffered by the common public. He dismisses a caller when he goes off-topic on a call and when he can’t disconnect him, the caller tells him he has a bomb he’ll blow up, which sure enough blows up soon. Thinking he has an exclusive scoop and his one chance to get back in front of the camera, he decides to not alert the authorities and takes the caller live on air on an exclusive news broadcast. That’s when all hell breaks loose. The film is set entirely in the radio studio and for most part, it is a very tightly written thriller that is only slightly let down by its underwhelming final act. It will of course remind a few people of the Hollywood film Phone Booth, and while it does bear some similarities to that film, I found this to be a tighter thriller. That is, in no small parts, thanks to Ha Jung-woo who is on electric form here! The film rests on his shoulders entirely and he’s more than strong enough to carry it through. A thriller also needs the right music to set the mood and this film delivers. Recommended if you’re in the mood for something thrilling but doesn’t test you much.
So I got an early digital copy of Justice League and watched it again for the first time since the theater and while I was great disappointed in it the first time around I will admit to having more fun with the second viewing. It’s still got a ton of problems but the humor worked more and the action was more impressive once I quit judging it and just watched it. Affleck is still the bomb, Gal is still perfect and Ezra is a great Flash. I also like the fact that Snyder opened up the camera and got away from the scope aspect ratio as I feel like it really lets the colors of these comic book films flow off the screen. All in all, definitely worth a second trip even if you hated it the first time through.