Sunday, March 17, 2013

Weekly Round-Up (3/10/13 - 3/16/13)

Carlos (Olivier Assayas) **** - Calling this a "biopic" is almost an insult. I would consider it more a fascinating character study more than anything. I also would personally rank this as one of the best films about terrorists and terrorism alongside Battle of Algiers. Edgar Ramirez gives a mighty impressive performance as Carlos The Jackal (Funny, the over-5-hour miniseries never once called him that). His arc throughout the (fictionalized) film resembles more of a down-and-out celebrity than as this legendary larger-than-life revolutionary/evil terrorist (depending on who you ask). It's a miniseries, technically but you'll most likely find yourself wanting to watch it in one sitting. It's really that compelling. Probably my favorite film of 2010.

Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright) ***1/2 - This is probably my least favorite Edgar Wright film but that's like saying dark chocolate is my least favorite chocolate and I love chocolate. This film is a real treat. It's a very funny film that both satirizes and pays tribute to big loud action movies of the '80s and '90s particularly the Tony Scott/Michael Bay flicks while still maintaining a strong sense of story and character. The last 45 minutes is particularly amazing.

Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) ****- The last Best Picture of 2012 finally crossed off. Ah yes. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino doesn't say anything new about slavery and racism in the South. But what he does is an extremely effective highly stylized ode to spaghetti Westerns and exploitation flicks. It is a Tarantino film through and through, complete with the over-the-top violence and hilarious dialogue to go with it. It is NOT my favorite Tarantino flick but I'm an unapologetic fan of his work so this is indeed one of my favorite films of the year. I had a problem, at first, with its weird structure that introduces, what is essentially a fourth act but after thinking about it and letting it digest, I decided it was a real good touch.


YeamieWaffles said...

Love this review mate, so cool to see you watched Hot Fuzz and presumably Sean of the Dead at some point as well. It's so good man, although I prefer Hot Fuzz, great round-up as usual buddy.

Adam said...

I loved hot fuzz

A said...

I absolutely loved Hot Fuzz when it first came out, then ending especially. I'm with you 100% on your assessment of Django and of Tarantino's work in general.