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Joker is possibly the best movie to come out in the past decade. It's a movie that just keeps giving with every viewing. The cinematography, the acting, the script, the costume, the setting---it's all A+. More importantly, every detail hammers home a very important a meta-theme: QUESTION THE NARRATIVE. As the perfect unreliable narrator, Arthur Fleck forces the viewer to question every image and every action made by every character, including himself, but this extends to the social commentary. Who are the heroes? Who are the villians? Should I trust the narratives I hold dear? Joker begs us to ask these questions about our own troubled times. The movie is a wildcard, a joker, and by leaving much of the narrative and theme up to interpretation, many will leave thinking that the movie has reinforced or disputed their worldview, only to second guess themselves upon reflection. Joker has no suit, it takes no sides, it only creates chaos, forcing the viewer to reflect and reconsider everything they hold dear.
WATCH THIS MOVIE!!! Blade Runner 2049 is truly a masterpiece, and in many ways it is better than the original 1982 cult classic, Blade Runner. Denis Villeneuve has crafted a true sci-fi classic that will inspire future generations of film makers. Yes, it is long--almost three hours long, and yes, 2049 moves at a relatively slow pace compared to today's films. But for moviegoers who appreciate complex themes and true cinematic craftsmanship, Blade Runner 2049 is well worth the time and the money. Like most great films, it is a story that keeps on giving. I've already watched it twice, gleaning new insights from it with each viewing, and still I feel like it has more to offer. I plan on seeing it in theaters again. GO WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!
This movie deserves far more than an 80% rating on rotten tomatoes. The cinematography is amazing and every scene is rife with great performances. The dialogue is spot on (even if most of it is Leo grunting). The Revenant will move you, it will make you grit your teeth, and in the end, you will feel empty. It is not a perfect movie, but it comes pretty damn close, and it has character. I think many of the negative reviews are politically motivated which really is a shame, because this movie is spectacular. Yes, all of the main characters are male. Yes, there are depictions of extreme violence. Yes, many of the Native American characters are ruthless killers. And yes, this is yet another revenge story made with "gritty realism". But do not let any of these qualities lead you to believe that this movie is anything less than greatness, because like all good art, the finished product is more than the sum of its parts. PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE BEFORE WRITING IT OFF.
"Sicario" attempts to shatter the glorified image of the Hollywood assassin, and succeeds for the most part. Blunt, Del Toro, and Brolin deliver great performances to show military "black ops" for what they are: government sponsored thuggery. The score is one deep bass line that sets a haunting tone. A beautiful movie.