Friday, October 5, 2012

The Master (2012)

Written By Paul Thomas Anderson
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, & Amy Adams

Amy Adams is a wonderful actress. She shines in almost every roll she is cast in. Along Side Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams is one of the best faces on the silver screen these days. Both shine in this original piece by Anderson who has done other masterpieces like Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, & Punch Drunk Love.

The Master is incredibly hard to watch. Joaquin Phoenix does an exemplary job of making himself into an animal of a man. The character he plays is incredibly unloveable and he plays his part with such believability that its uncomfortable to watch.

Hoffman and Adams are an incredibly strong duo playing husband and wife, trying to start a religion. This movie is strongly based on the beginnings of scientology and the plot focus on the hypocrisies and perversions of this type of religious practice.

The cinematography is perfect. the sets are time period clean set in the 1920's. The images roll over on eachother so quickly and comphertably the movie glides along while being equality awkward.

Top 5. It's not totaly clear what the movie means but it's definitly saying something that we should all atleast experience once. Anderson has an incredibly unique voice.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

End of Watch (2012)

by David Ayer
Directed By David Ayer
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena & Anna Kendrick

Have you ever seen the Television Show Cops? Well, if not this will be an eye opener for you. The film is basically an episode of cops that lasts for about 2 hours. Actually that's exactly what it is.

Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job of making this film interesting and Michael Pena does a superb job of co-staring. Pena is the perfect friend who uplifts and supports Gyllenhaal's character through all his tough cop like attributes.

After you get used to all the camera jerks and the quick cuts the movie starts to feel like a character driven piece. the camera plays a very strange roll in this film. at times the camera is being whiled by the characters explained as a film project for a college course. but often the camera turns into just an observer of the action and has no character handheld motivation. basically the camera plays two different roles; one as a observer of the action, two a gimmick for the character to explain himself and talk to the camera.

the film ends with a gang violence showdown that ends in a bloody mess. but the message of the film is pure and comes across very well. all the chacacters have heart and play well on camera.

No Rating. the film could have been better. the biggest complaint is the camera's roll of being a movie or a documentary. you kinda have to pick one and stick with it.