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Chiwetel Ejoifor Deserves an Oscar For This Film.

In Movies on November 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

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If he doesn’t win one, Michael Fassbender should. So should Steve McQueen, so should Hans Zimmer. This movie deserves as much recognition as it should get because not only is it a film featuring great actors portraying the best of their work, it also depicts a raw and disgusting topic occurring in a beautiful and picturesque setting. I’ll explain more about what I mean, later on in this review.

“12 Years a Slave” stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup a free African American in the 1800s who is tricked into slavery. Directed by Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” offers an unflinching depiction of slavery that is incredibly difficult to watch while also keeping the audience’s attention locked. Solomon begins his slavery with Mr. Ford, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the best among slaveowners, which isn’t saying a lot. Reading scripture on Sunday and doting upon his slaves, Solomon appears to have a decent life while working under Mr. Ford. However, things quickly run amiss when Solomon encounters Mr. Tibeats, played by Paul Dano, who will not be usurped by a slave and will use any incident to beat one. Things quickly become heated between Mr. Tibeats and Solomon and Mr. Ford transfers his debt, and thus his slave, to a Mr. Edwin Epps, played disgustingly well by Michael Fassbender, and his wife Mistress Epps, played gut-wrenchingly well by Sarah Paulson. Mr. Epps is a known slave beater and uses every instance he have to mock, hit, or rape any of the slaves that he owns. While there Solomon meets Patsey, played by Lupita Nyong’o, who is the subject of Mr. Epps’s infatuation because she is his best cotton picker and because she is a female. Solomon struggles throughout this film, to remain unseen and thus unbeaten while also trying to find those who can help him top freedom. It is a terrible story and a true one at that.

See. This. Movie. Ejiofor owns the screen and has many shots that simply are of his face in which he shows what an astounding actor he is. It is tear-jerking how he shows the misery that Solomon was facing while also portraying his hope that he will someday break out of his chains. Michael Fassbender is unrecognizable in his role. He is unlike any villain I have seen before, who is just cruel beyond measure. Sarah Paulson is equally unrecognizable in her role as the mistress as she vacillates from one extreme emotion to the other in the blink of an eye.

The cinematography was incredible, often juxtaposing the terrifying cruelty that existed within this place with these beautiful scenic shots. One shot, don’t worry I won’t spoil it, is absolutely disgusting while also beautiful. This shot must have been incredibly difficult to make just for the sheer toll it must have taken on the collective psyche of this filming crew.

Which brings me to my next point. This film must have been hard for everyone involved. Hard for the filmmakers, the actors, the editing staff, as well as the composers. It was so beautifully done and such a tragic film that if it doesn’t walk away with several awards, I don’t believe in the Academy anymore.

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Someone Should Have Counseled Ridley Scott About This Film..

In Movies on October 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

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..it was that bad. Really. Every review was spot on and this movie totally deserves the 34% rating it has received on Rotten Tomatoes. Seriously.

“The Counselor”, directed by Ridley Scott, stars an amazing cast consisting of Michael Fassbender, as the Counselor, yes that is how he is addressed throughout the film, Javier Bardem, as Reiner a crazy-haired excentric drug dealer, I think, Cameron Diaz, as Malkina, the sensual unpredictable evil counterpart to Reiner, Penelope Cruz, as Laura the counselor’s love interest, and Brad Pitt, as Westray, a smart slick southerner who has no problem pulling up his roots when he fears that his drug deals go south.

“The Counselor” tells the story of a man who has everything and wants more. The counselor is wealthy but when we encounter him he is about to become even richer by becoming involved in a drug deal and then investing that money into a club, part owned by Reiner. Things begin to go south and this movie just drags it on..and on.. and on.

The straw that killed this film is mainly due to the lethargic and obese script written by Cormac McCarthy. Comarc, Cormac, Cormac…I love you man. I love “No Country For Old Men” I also rather enjoyed The Road but damn man, enough is enough. There is only so much philosphy and lengthy speeches explaining this aforementioned philosophy you can have in a film before it becomes dull and confusing. That’s what happened with this film. It became tedious to the point where people left the theater. You heard that correct. People bought 14 dollars tickets and left the theater because this movie was so dry and mired in dialogue. The performances were alright but they were absolutely held back by the lengthy speeches that they had to give. More action, less talking! I have a few more points to make about this film but I fear doing so here will only spoil it for those that really are interested in seeing this mess. For those that have, read on, for those that haven’t, don’t.

What was Malkina’s motivation? Greed obviously, but how the hell was she able to target that shipment of drugs. What was her back story? Are we going to have any character development?

Who was the counselor making a deal with? It clearly wasn’t the cartel because they went on a killing spree even after they got their shipment back. The major plot point was lot on me.

That ending. Ugh. So anti-climatic and yes, Cormac, we know you’re one for the anti-climatic endings, but God, really? She’s dead, everyone’s dead, except for Malkina of course. But I hate her character, so why does she live? I had no attachment to her character and I had very slight attachment to everyone else’s and yet she’s the one that gets away. Awful.

That philosophical bartender. You know that one I’m talking about. The Mexican bartender. Sweet. Jesus. Why does every single person have a distinct understanding of life within this film and why did they fee the need to share it? He also spoke impeccable English with a slight accent but was able to have an understandable discourse with the counselor even though he appeared to have very little education. Do extras exist in this film or is everyone given about 87 lines of dialogue.

Writing about how bad this movie was makes me even more upset. Don’t go see this, you’ll thank me for it.

Michael Fassbender Should be (A)Shame(d)

In Movies on October 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Alright, he shouldn’t be ashamed! This movie was excellent, a little slow-paced at times, it’s an indie film what do you expect, but the shots are incredible. This movie was directed by Steve McQueen and  stars Michael Fassbender, as Brandon, who is a sex addict. Now let me just say, this isn’t Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, “I am acknowledging my problem now because I want attention or I got caught” sex addiction. This is a need for stimulation nearly constantly. At work, home, out at a club. Brandon is doing moderately well managing his addiction when his sister, Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan arrives to crash at Brandon’s place for a few days to stir up drama that it appears Brandon has been keeping at bay. Sissy’s presence especially effects Brandon when she sleeps with his boss, David, played by James Badge Dale, and does it in Brandon’s bed. YUCK. The film shows some unusual and uncomfortable scenes between Brandon and Sissy appearing to hint at the cause of his problems perhaps while also showing the profound effects the Brandon’s addiction has upon him.

Now, before I get to the nitty-gritty, I truly believe that people can have a sexual and I have done my research on this problem for a term paper for my senior psychology class at Ithaca College. The problem is, sexual addiction does not have an extremely valid definition. While doing research, I created a diagnostical definition of sexual addiction defining it as when the sexual need arises it has a profound affect on other aspects of an individual’s life. For example, if an individual is very wealthy and simply has a lot of sex with a lot of different people. cough cough Charlie Sheen, that does not make them a sex addict. It means they have the time and the money to have a lot of sex. If however, that same individual could no longer afford to have as much sex as they have been having and this is suddenly taken away from them, and the need to have sex is overwhelming, then yes they may have an addiction. In “Shame” Brandon truly is an addict. It affects his personal life, his ability to make relationships with other people, and his work life.

Alright before I get into the nitty-gritty here, I truly liked this movie. It was well acted, authentic, and had some great shots. I think you should take a look if you got the time and are interested in seeing Matthew Fassbender in a very unusual role.

Okay, SPOILER ALERTS!

I loved witnessing the profound effects that his sexual addiction had on him and I thought it was realistic. The threesome, the gay bar, the consumption of porn at work and at home. I just thought it was incredible.

I also liked the facial expressions that he made while participating in the threesome. That may sound unusual, but once you see this movie and see his tragic expressions during sex, it appeared as though only him and the viewer were able to view his face, then you will know how much his addiction effected him and how great of an actor Fassbender is.

I also like the date between Marianne,  played by Nicole Beharie, and Brandon. It seemed real, the lines, the flow, the body language. It seemed truly like an awkward first date. Hats off to both Fassbender and Beharie for making it seem like that camera wasn’t even there.

Was there anything I didn’t like about this movie? Some of the shots were a bit long but not abnormally long. It was a bit slow-paced at times, but every bit of this movie held meaning. I loved it. And you should watch it.