Horns – Movie Review

Horns Promo Daniel RadcliffeDrugs, alcohol, sex, violence, overt biblical references, and Daniel Racliffe.

I watched Horns (2013) with absolutely no expectations. Somehow, I’d gone without hearing much about the film and didn’t bother checking others’ reviews. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.

Coincidentally, I’d just watched Bruce Almighty (2003) before watching Horns, so there was a bit of a contrast between the two films: in one, God takes a rather direct hand in helping a protagonist figure out his problems, and in the other, He seemingly has delegated the job to Satan.

In Horns, Ig Perrish (Radcliffe) is suspected by nearly the entire town for the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple). Having been on a drunken bender at the time, he’s not quite sure himself whether he did it. Being treated like the devil incarnate, Ig eventually also looks the part when he sprouts horns on his head and finds people confessing their sinful desires to him because of it.

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All Is Lost – Movie Review

All Is Lost (2013) was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Robert Redford as an unnamed sailor.

Redford’s character’s just lying in the cabin of his boat minding his own business when he notices water getting into parts of his boat where you wouldn’t normally want water to be. Stupid water. Upon inspection, the sailor finds a big hole on the side of his vessel where it struck a freight container that happens to be floating in the middle of the ocean. That’s just the beginning of his troubles.

Netflix describes the movie as one “which has no dialogue,” which isn’t entirely true. Mr. Redford gives us a few sentences right at the start and utters a single curse word somewhere in the middle. Other than that, though—yeah, there’s no dialogue. Unlike a certain other film about survival (which I previously ragged on in my review of Moon and the comments), you don’t need expository backstory to understand the desire to live and the temptation of giving up.

Through no fault of the film, I spent the first thirty minutes simultaneously reading Yelp reviews on my phone. Eventually, I set the phone aside and gave the film 100% of my attention—I might go as far to say it was because the film demanded it of me by being so darn compelling.

Plus, Robert Redford.

I’d highly recommend it.

All Is Lost 2013 Robert Redford

Moon – Movie Review

Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell in Moon (2009)Directed by Duncan Jones and featuring the talents of Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey, Moon is an indie science fiction drama that shouldn’t be missed.

Nearing the end of his three-year contract mining helium-3 all by his lonesome on the far side of the moon, Sam Bell (Rockwell) is just about ready to go back to Earth. After spending so much time with only a computer AI named GERTY (Spacey) to talk to, Sam starts getting a bit loopy and crashes his Moon-car (not what it’s really called, but you get the idea). Then, stuff happens. Interesting stuff.

What’s so awesome about Moon?

To avoid further spoilers, I won’t say all that much, except that Sam Rockwell by himself on the Moon is much more entertaining than Sandra Bullock by herself in space (Gravity is overrated, people—sorry, I had to say it).

Moon is often tense and, even in its moments of silence, it should keep you thinking. There are very sympathetic, touching scenes, as well as a bit of comedy here and there (if you don’t mind a substantial spoiler or have already seen the film, I’m embedding a YouTube video of a moment I thought was kind of hilarious after the break).

Sam Rockwell’s performance is great in this movie, showing a few layers of depth. Kevin Spacey’s voice work as the robot/AI-companion is predictably good as well.

What’s not that awesome?

As a 2009 indie flick with a moderate budget, Moon‘s CG doesn’t hold up to modern blockbusters (I only saw Gravity a few weeks ago, so it was hard not to notice some special effects flaws as I re-watched Moon).

It’s also slightly slow in the beginning, but if you’re like me, your interest level will grow pretty quickly after ten minutes or so.

Overall—

I think this film is more than worth a watch. I watched it once in 2009, once again last week, and then again two days after that. So, I guess it’s worth three watches.

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Snowpiercer – Movie Review

Snowpiercer - Chris Evans Tilda Swinton Song Kang Ho Jamie Bell Octavia Spencer John Hurt Ed HarrisHow did I not hear about this movie until last month?

Premise:

After scientists inadvertently cause an apocalyptic ice age, the last of humanity are forced to live out their lives on the Snowpiercer, a train which perpetually circles the globe. Well, it sort of runs over five continents or so, and never crosses the Pacific, but yeah—a train which perpetually circles the globe!

Snowpiercer (2013) follows Curtis (Chris Evans), a passenger who leads the mistreated poor from the tail end of the train in a rebellion to get to the front.

What’s awesome about the film:

There’s a whole lot of gritty, satisfying violence in this movie, if you like that sort of thing. It doesn’t get overly gory, as Continue reading