Ralph Steadman is the best. 


Ralph Steadman is the best. 

There is a certain ecstasy to seeing a film made for adults, in the theater, with a respectful audience, when the weather turns cool. This can never be close to recreated at home. No matter how nice your TV.

I’d watch this if I were you. 


I’d watch this if I were you. 

This guy makes really good films.


This guy makes really good films.

Boyhood


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Boyhood


Directed and Written by Richard Linklater, Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater

Synopsis - The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.


Thoughts -  Boyhood is not the perfect Masterpiece many are claiming, but it’s still quite unique and special. It’s a testament to the film that I did not identify with the life and journey of our Boy Mason, but was still quite taken. It does not rely on nostalgia and relatability. It’s a better film than that. It’s a Linklater film in every way, for better and at times worse. Now if it were called Motherhood and focused on Patricia Arquette’s journey, I think we may have had a Masterpiece. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 36:17 mark of Episode 79. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 8/10

Palo Alto


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Palo Alto


Directed and Written by Gia Coppola, Starring Emma Robert, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and James Franco

Synopsis - An unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction.


Thoughts -   The main takeaways are that Gia Coppola, in her directorial debut, shows she is very capable and will be making films for a long time. This is a good thing. Also, Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff are two very talented, naturalistic young actors. It’s a high end decent mood piece. 

I touched on this at the 2:02:43 mark during the Quick Fix of The Flicksation Podcast Episode 79. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 6/10

Coherence


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Coherence


Directed and Written by James Ward Byrkit, Starring Emily Baldoni, Hugo Armstrong, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon and Elizabeth Gracen

Synopsis - On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events.


Thoughts -  Coherence is a tiny budget sci-fi / psychological thriller that you absolutely want to see, but also want to know as little as possible about before doing so. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 22:07 mark of Episode 79. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 7/10

The Zero Theorem


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The Zero Theorem


Directed by Terry Gilliam, Written by Pat Rushin, Starring Christoph Waltz, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Lucas Hedges and Tilda Swinton

Synopsis - A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; namely, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.


Thoughts -  It has all the charms of a Terry Gilliam film (I’m a big Gilliam fan), but isn’t all that dramatic, intellectual or funny. 

Hear my thoughts as part of our discussion at the 5:18 mark of Episode 79. You can find the podcast at Flicksation.com or on iTunes. (I’m Ian in case you didn’t know)


 My Rating : 6/10

Episode 79 is Trippy and Available


     

On Episode 79 we finally talked Richard Linklater’s insanely praised Boyhood as well as the tiny Sci-Fi mindfuck, Coherence, and Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.



We tossed around recent film news, went to film school with Ken Russell’s bonkers Altered States and finished up with any other films we’ve seen of late in the Quick Fix. 


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Belle


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Belle


Directed by Amma Asante, Written by Misan Sagay, Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Sarah Gadon, Emily Watson and Sam Reid

Synopsis - The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.


Thoughts -    It’s Masterpiece Theater, for better or worse. 

Belle is a very nice, true story about having the balls to stand up for what’s right when it’s dangerous and all those with power are fighting to keep the disgusting status quo. It’s full of lovely costumes and features really strong performances by a stable of high level actors, above all Gugu Mbatha-Raw at its center. The problem is that no matter how important and nice the story is, it plays out exactly beat for beat as you expect, always. It’s a story you probably don’t know, but it never feels that way. 

Belle is worthy of a watch, but there are a lot of films I feel much more passion in recommending. 

I didn’t cover this film on the Podcast. 


 My Rating : 6/10