Author: Micah Blowers

Picnic (Pikunikku) (1996) Review

Under the Radar Shunji Iwai is a director that hasn’t received much recognition here in the States. It seems that his movies “Love Letter” and “Hana & Alice” have received more international attention even though most fans of his will tell you that Picnic, Swallowtail Butterfly, and All about Lily Chou Chou are by far his best. I believe this is due to that fact that those movies have much heavier and darker scenes contained in them, stranger subject matter, and two of three of those film’s star disturbingly young leads (Picnic is the exception). So it’s not hard to see these movies obtaining a cult like fan base leaving general audiences in the dark. For me personally, Picnic is easily my favorite film from this director. Wong Kar-Wai In Japan, Shunji Iwai has been referred to as the Japanese Wong Kar-Wai. I think they’re completely different but we can entertain this thought for an introduction to him anyway.  The comparison is definitely due to the technical and emotional precision of Iwai’s very consistent cinematography. Some of his shots in everyone of his movies seem like they were possibly attempted over and over like how Stanley Kubrick often did 30-70 takes. Shunji Iwai is very different from Wong Kar-Wai in that he also makes quite an assortment of coming of age movies featuring extremely young actors. He also has...

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The Dreamers (2003)

The Dreamers is about cinephiles, who live in a much too claustrophobic world than what they would like it to be. I believe many movie buffs possess this distinction. Many times I feel as if I am going places that no one has ever gone through cinema, even if it’s not true. I’m often trying to reduce my boredom for the mediocrity of my immediately small world through my own imagination, as well as the imagination of filmmakers. The Dreamers sports a ton of classic film footage and many a reenactment by the main characters of such movie scenes throughout the picture. It’s quite charming. Matthew (Michael Pitt), an American from California, is a student who has transferred to Paris during 1968. When he is frequently seen at the Cinematheque Francaise theater by French English siblings, Isabelle (Eva Green) and Theo (Louis Garrel), they take an interest in him as the possible film buff that they would love to have in good company. The three become friends instantly and their relationship’s nature moves at an increasingly abnormal pace. The twins turn out to be not only joint physically or genetically, but also in spirit and mind. They’re inseparable. Matthew is also seeking such similar life long bonds, but soon finds out that there is way more costs and risks he’ll need to take to achieve such deeper relationships. You have to take the good with the bad after all.  ...

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Memento (2000) Fully explained

I wanted to write this explanation about Memento for the sole purpose of never seeing a complete understanding of it anywhere on the net. Obviously this read serves best right after watching the film, since I will analyze quote upon quote to sift through every single lie told by Teddy in the movie. If you were to research reviews from twelve years ago, you would be surprised how many considered understanding Memento in it’s entirety, as well as explaining it, as an impossible task. Memento was the movie that motivated a friend of mine to go to film school. He studied to become a screenplay writer. Sadly, he died at a very young age due to an illness that he had suffered from for his whole life. I’ll always associate this film with him, and how driven yet cleverly pleasant he was as a individual. There was no one like him. If you wish to know more about Brock H. Brown and his many short films look up the film production company “Matter of Chance.” Many of these films won awards at small time film festivals in many different categories. How do we understand Memento? So, right into it, understanding Memento basically comes down to two questions. When is Teddy lying, and when isn’t he? Also, when is Leonard lying to himself as opposed to what is he forgetting?...

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It’s good to be bad! 25 Unfathomably Fascinating Villains!

UNFATHOMABLE VILLAINS! These are the bad guys who have a little extra something… no… a lot of extra something! Being the devil is far too boring for them. The king of darkness only has one dynamic which is pure evil. These masterminds on the other hand are craftier, more charming, insanely narcissistic, creatively sick, funnier, and so out of control that you could swear that there’s a human in there somewhere. Parts of them are indeed wicked, but others somehow are admirable. It takes you off guard that parts of them are good. Understanding them is complicated. Unlike an angel with horns they also have their own code of honor. Because of it, you don’t know whether you should run like hell, or try to befriend them. They freeze your ability to think rationally. Some of them conceal their true identity like an art form. Evil is too narrowing a category to encapsulate them. Some of these “villains” were the consequences of man’s own wicked selfishness. You almost respect all of them for their out-of-this-world status. They ooze a stature, a presence, or a magnetism that is just far too unreal. These 25 villains are not in order, but I did save the best for last. Some of the very best villains are either the result of fantastic writing, an extraordinary actor, or both. When I think of an interesting villain I think of these....

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Enter the Void (2009)

Enter the Void (2009) Directed by Gasper Noe Written by Gasper Noe & Lucile Hadzihalilovic Cinematography by Benoit Debie  Editing by Gasper Noe, Marc Boucrot & Jerome Pesnel  We follow the lives of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) a drug dealer, and his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta), a stripper both currently living in Tokyo. Their parents had died in a car accident when both siblings were only infants. They make a blood pact to stay together forever. Oscar is reading a Tibetan book about death and reincarnation. When Oscar soon dies we take on the perspective of his spirit floating through the experiences of his friends and his enemies as well as inhabiting his memories. How I entered the Void Enter the Void is probably the definition of a film that resembles you personally tripping on acid. Check out the trailer. It’s a dead giveaway. I watched this film because it was recommended to me and I saw it on the top of some movie lists. This is my first Gasper Noe, although I don’t think I’ll be visiting his work again. I wished I had read the synopsis before trying it. I really don’t believe in all that reincarnation nonsense, but I won’t make my review about my religious and philosophical beliefs. I should have known thirty minutes in that this would not be my kind of movie. Without being small minded...

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