Memories of Murder

South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape-murders.

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I find it hard to judge Asian films, because so few are made for a Western audience. And yet, despite an ending that could be described as underwhelming to a viewer this side of the world, I found Memories of Murder intensely stylish and enjoyable. Continue reading “Memories of Murder”

Interstellar

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

Matthew McConaughey stars in what, if I recall correctly, is the first lead feature film role of the McConaissance. Here’s a joke. Probably the only joke in this review – for once. How do you know if someone’s an engineer? They’ll tell you. Continue reading “Interstellar”

Boyhood

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

I really wanted to dislike Boyhood. To me, it had been carried into distinction solely by its gimmick: a film that took twelve years to make, with a consistent cast that ages right before the audience’s eyes. Continue reading “Boyhood”

WALL-E

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

I was quite surprised to see WALL-E in the Top 250, let alone at number 62. With no idea what the film was about beyond its gimmick, I was naturally apprehensive. How would Pixar drag out a film with no dialogue into ninety-something minutes? While WALL-E relies heavily on physical comedy, it’s actually also its most beneficial element – there’s no unnecessary weight, and the story, like its characters, is always moving. Continue reading “WALL-E”

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down.

This film pushes The Treasure of the Sierra Madre out of the top spot for my favourite classic film. There’s something incredibly charming about Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – appealing to the adult in me with a commentary that rings eerily but unsurprisingly true after almost eighty years, and appealing to the child in me with humour and a naive and out-of-his-depth character I can relate to. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington gives a good insight into how I feel trying to get my head around House of Cards. Continue reading “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

Papillon

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Papillon did something that’s very difficult – it made me root for its lead character right from the very start. Unfortunately, it was only because I so desperately wanted him to successfully escape so the movie could be over. Continue reading “Papillon”

Schindler’s List

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

I dare not suggest that Schindler’s List isn’t a perfect film, for fear of being labeled insensitive. Fortunately, it’s absolutely one of the greatest films ever made, because unfortunately, it’s horrible and I fucking hate it. Continue reading “Schindler’s List”