It’s that time of year again, by which I mean it’s that post-Christmas period where I go out and spend a hefty bit of change on a few plastic discs that show moving images on a screen. Anyhow, here’s what I bought.
This Coen Brothers drama set in the 1960’s Greenwich Village folk scene follows an inspiring folk musician as he strives to hit the big time. Will he get the break he needs? Or will he end up as just another dreamer who never quite made it? Seriously, I don’t know: this is one that I actually have yet to watch.
Dark and dour, Requiem For A Dream is Aronofsky at his most disturbing. The film follows four characters whose all-consuming addiction not only leads to some pretty dire circumstances, but also to the destruction of their deepest desires. Some time has passed since I last watched this film, yet the sobering impression it left certainly hasn’t faded.
“I drink your milkshake!” screams Daniel Day Lewis at a snivelling Paul Dano during the film’s epic third act. It’s perhaps the apotheosis of an all-round captivating performance, in a film that’s no less spellbinding itself. Is it worthy of its countless awards and adulation? You bet your oil-filled backyard it is.
The Hateful Eight sees Tarantino pick up where he left off with Django Unchained and continue his own bloody take on the spaghetti western. As long as you can stick its slow burn, the eventual payoff will most definitely be worth it. Looking forward to watching this one again – though I think I might need a few hours spare if I’m to watch it in one go!
We all knew Denis Villeneuve was good at his job. His 2015 flick, Sicario, only confirmed it. He’s not the only star here, though, and some well-worked performances by Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin do much to bring home its hard and heavy narrative. There’s a lot more going on in Sicario than it may initially seem, and repeat viewings are needed to truly appreciate its message. Somehow, I don’t think that’ll be a problem…