Like Father, Like Son


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Like Father, Like Son


Directed and Written by Hirokazu Koreeda, Starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono and Yoko Maki

Synopsis - Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.


Thoughts -  I was mostly engaged by this yet am still wondering whether it had the desired effect as the credits began to roll. I was left pretty cold. It’s hard not to spend much of this film marveling at the selfishness of our protagonist and the shit he is putting these children though in order for him to finally have his revelation. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 5:40 mark of Episode 77. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 6/10

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 


Directed by Matt Reeves, Written by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Mark Bomback, Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and Toby Kebbell

Synopsis - In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the growing and genetically evolving apes find themselves at a critical point with the human race.


Thoughts -    I liked this thing almost exactly as much as the first one. It’s edging more towards the spectacle, which worries me some going forward, but I am on board with the world and characters created. It’s goofy as hell (obviously), but a really enjoyable film. 

I didn’t really cover this film on the Podcast. (The other hosts did a few weeks back Flicksation.com)


 My Rating : 7/10

Ernest & Celestine


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Ernest & Celestine


An Animated Film Directed by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner Written by Daniel Pennac

Synopsis - The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.


Thoughts -   This is a sweet little film. The animation is lovely, in a muted and painterly way. This world of Bears and Mice is unique and well realized, while the story and themes pretty worn and easy for viewers of all ages to digest. I was far from blown away, but found it a charming and refreshing counterbalance to the slick assault of most American animated films. 

I touched on this briefly at the 2:19:12 mark during the Quick Fix of The Flicksation Podcast Episode 77. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Flicksation Episode #77 is Smoky and Available



     

 

Episode 77 featured discussions of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final starring role in A Most Wanted Man, Ari Folman’s ambitious live action/animated Hollywood takedown, The Congress, and The Japanese Cannes darling, Like Father, Like Son.


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We tossed around recent film news, went to film school with Federico Fellini’s I Vitteloni and finished up touching on the other stuff we’ve viewed of late in the Quick Fix. 

A long-form film discussion podcast with personality, booze, swearing and a soul!


If interested, the links are below.

The Flicksation Facebook Page (Like Us)

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The Flicksation Podcast (iTunes)

You can listen on the website, but I urge you to subscribe to the podcast through the iTunes Store. Just search The Flicksation Podcast.

Locke


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Locke


Directed and Written by Steven Knight, Starring Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott

Synopsis - Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.


Thoughts -  Locke is one of the more entertaining and funniest films of 2014 and I think much of it is unintended. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 1:44:10 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Itinerary


Today I will be reading this:

 

and this: 

and watching this:

and this: 


Life Itself


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Life Itself


Documentary Directed Steve James

Synopsis - A documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.


Thoughts -  Life Itself is a lovely, if mostly standard Doc. If you like, or as with me, came to deeply admire the man Ebert became, it’s a film you’ll definitely want to see. 

The Doc suffers from trying to cover an entire life in two hours, like so many Biopics, but there is some powerful stuff as it focuses in on the final months of Ebert’s life.  

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 13:45 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

I’m the Raphael of The Flicksation Podcast

Go listen to me being cool, but rude. 

Snowpiercer


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Snowpiercer


Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Written by Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson, Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Song Kang-ho

Synopsis - Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


Thoughts -  A fish slipping, baby eating good time. A lot like a Hunger Games made for boys 18-25, with a lot more on screen brutality. I dug it, but at times was jarred and would never make the argument that it had any kind of real intellectual sophistication. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 33:10 mark of Episode 76. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

Episode 76 is Loose and Available



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I was very tired. It was very hot. 

Episode 76 features full discussions of a bunch of highly regarded releases. We talk Tom Hardy in Locke, Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer, The loving Roger Ebert Doc Life Itself and then the other guys catch up with Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


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We tossed around recent film news and finished up with our and your Top 3 Film of 2014’s First Half.


If interested, the links are below.

The Flicksation Facebook Page (Like Us)

The Flicksation Website (Follow us on Tumblr)

The Flicksation Podcast (iTunes)

You can listen on the website, but I urge you to subscribe to the podcast through the iTunes Store. Just search The Flicksation Podcast.