Weekend Wrap-Up: 14/05/11

14 05 2011

A Beautiful Mind (2001): 59/100

The leads are charming and it has a rewarding ending but the story is far too scattered .

The Twilight Samurai (2002): 88/100

A very character driven samurai film. Little in the way of action, but the exploration of the main character due to the external pressures on him make him one of the most developed samurai on film.

Paprika (2006): 76/100

– A bright and exciting thriller from Satoshi Kon that perhaps bites off a little more than it can chew. Will remind some of “Inception” as several ideas get revisited there. 

The Fountain (2006): 83/100

– Perhaps the most ambitious movie of the last decade. It has a definite point but the movie isn’t focused enough for it to be as effective as it needs to be. Should be essential viewing though as it would be near the top of my list of recent critical misfires that could turn into all-time classics sometime later.

Blue Valentine (2010): 83/100

Consistently switches between very elating and very depressing, but it is well crafted by Derek Cianfrance and the two leads are great as well.

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