Quick Review: Robot and Frank (2012)
Frank is an ex cat-burglar with dementia. He is given a robot carer. Resistant at first, Frank warms up to the robot after “convincing” it to help him plot and execute burglaries.
This is going to be a long one so I’ll stash it behind the jump. Read on…
Good Bad Ugly: Crysis
Recently I finished Crysis. Yes, the original. Only seven years too late.
Metacritic gives it a 91. Read on for what I thought…
Quick Review: Boyhood (2014)
Boyhood is a cinematic experiment. Filmed over 12 years as actors age and (apparently) with a fluid plot that was constantly being re-written. That’s pretty nifty.
But as a movie to watch to be entertained? I found it boring. I wanted it to end about 60 minutes into its 165 minute length.
Here’s why I didn’t like it:
- Nothing interesting happens. Any time an interesting conflict starts to develop (e.g. the drunk husband splitting up the Brady-Bunch-like family) the story jumps ahead a few years. More loose ends than a guillotined yarn ball.
- There is no coherent point or message. There’s this vague “be yourself” and carpe diem sentiment going on but it only really solidifies near the end.
It was like watching a soap like Neighbours but only seeing the first five minutes of each episode.
Watch it for its experimental value. Not for entertainment.
My rating: Marginal ★☆☆☆
Movie Club: Touching the Void (2003)
True story survival film.
I liked it. I enjoyed watching it. But I don’t really see why it’s so critically acclaimed.
It could be because of the visuals. Very stunning, I can see why this was popular in IMAX. Maybe my home-sized television is limiting me?
As for the story itself I found it merely average. Why?
Partly because the narration gives away the fact that none of the protagonists will die. (I would’ve loved a twist ending where it is revealed that one or more of the protagonists actually did die, and the person giving narration is an actor reading from their journal.)
And partly because I don’t think that struggles solely motivated by self-preservation are all that gripping. Staying alive? That’s just being selfish, isn’t it? (Yes, I’m being facetious here. Partially.)
And then there’s the fact it’s a true story. Truth cuts two ways. In some regard it’s always interesting to know that something really happened that way. But on the other hand true stories are muddied by reality; rarely does a true story have an elegant narrative and a clear, poignant message.
In other words if this were a work of fiction it would be rubbish. Notice the “if” in that sentence.
I reckon it’s worth a watch. It’s a solid yarn and there’s some pretty visuals to boot.
My rating: Good ★★★☆