“The Counselor” in all of its vagueness is essentially the story of greed; how it corrupts, kills, and makes one even thirstier. Surrounding the eponymous character played by Michael Fassbender, in Cormac McCarthy’s first direct screenplay he explores how the concept of greed changes and motivates people as the Counselor gets involved in the underworld of drugs. While some of the characters in the film are successful in their vicious endeavors, others are not, but this is a casualty of a screenplay which revolves around such a basic and human characteristic. The viewer is able to see a lot of things coming, and I hold the view that McCarthy‘s intention was for the film to be that way, and that may be why many critics were drawn away from the obvious nature of the movie. While still a work that is deep and psychologically complex with a myriad of subtleties intertwined in the script, it was almost as if the viewer could predict everything that was going to happen. I’m sorry Cormac, but you definitely lost some brownie points on that one.
“Oh! I can’t believe it!” are the first lines in David Lynch’s psychological neo-noir masterpiece, and what an accurate summation of my feelings for the rest of the film. Originally conceived as a television series, “Mulholland Drive” is a dreamy, cerebral art-house-esque flick that struck it big with critics and movie buffs in 2001. This surrealist’s dream movie is almost incomprehensible, and as things unravel and reveal themselves in the movie, there is only less to understand if you’re a casual movie goer. You could argue that essentially there is no plot, and I understand where that argument comes from, but I disagree with that statement. The film paints itself as merely a simple story, but in that story there is in fact an intricate, multilayered plot. It is required, however, to delve deep within this movie’s complex structure to find this plot.
On the surface the film is the tale of an amnesiac, played by Laura Harring, who arrives in her state of amnesia from a car accident, and the perky Hollywood hopeful Betty, played by Naomi Watts in a breakthrough performance. Watts is incredible and is able to play a very polarized character, with Harring being a great support that can be both innocent and menacing. Together, the two try to discover the identity of Harring and are pulled into a psychotic illusion involving a blue box, a director named Adam Kesher (played by Justin Theroux), and a mysterious night club named Silencio.
“Hurrah!” “Hurray!” “Rad!” is what you must be saying right now, because yes, it’s the inaugural edition of my weekly post, Indie Movies with Matt! And I thought I would treat you folks at home to a special review for a special occasion such as this. I’ll be reviewing the award winning “Lost in Translation” written and directed by Thomas Mars’ wife Sophia Coppola, and starring the incomparable Bill Murray and the then 18 year old Scarlett Johansson. This is one of my favorite movies, and I thought it would be right to start off IMWM with a review of a movie I’m extremely passionate about.
Upon first viewing “Lost in Translation”, you realize you’re watching something very familiar, yet very different from anything you’ve seen. It’s the story of older actor Bob Harris (played by Murray) who is in Japan to shoot a series of commercials for Suntory Whisky. While roaming the dreary landscapes of Japan, he meets the young and newlywed Charlotte (played by Johansson).
One small step for a movie, one giant leap for filmmaking. To say anything positive about “Gravity” doesn’t seem to do it justice, but it must be pointed out that it is one of the most important movies to be made in a long time. It is a film that has made leaps and bounds visually and artistically, yet does not seem to act like it is better than anything else, or holds a higher importance; it just is what it is, and that is a great movie. It’s the story of Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, played by George Clooney, in space working on Stone’s research. Everything is going well until flying debris comes from over the horizon and destroys the shuttle Kowalsky and Stone are working on. What ensues is a 90 minute epic depicting the two characters’ fight for their lives. About 85% of the movie is Sandra Bullock, however, and with this being said, she is no doubt the central figure in this film.
Shaman and Heaven’s Gateway Drugs get weird in their interview from a few weeks back. Check their album on their Bandcamp and the Point 91fm interview below.