February 17, 2014

I've been busy: A recap of my work so far in 2014.

I haven't had much time to compose any posts of late; I've been too busy writing and reviewing movies at In Reel Deep. So I thought it would be nice to link anyone who stumbles upon kingmyno.com to my new home of sorts; please take a look at everything I've written in 2014. As always, I appreciate your love and support.

My favorite movies of 2013

"It's difficult to put something like 12 Years a Slave on a list of 'favorites.' It's not designed to entertain so much as make you weep like a baby. But that is an even more engaging experience, and one I'm constantly looking for in a movie theatre. You wouldn't take your friends to see 12 Years before a Saturday night on the town, but there is forever a place for art with the ability to provoke such visceral reactions. In the hands of director Steve McQueen, one of the best at recognizing the power of silence, Chiwetel Ejiofor's crushing journey becomes that much more haunting."

The Lego Movie reviewed

"The Lego Movie is living proof that putting together a worthwhile screenplay and letting imaginative people mold a generic idea into their own unique creation pays dividends. You don't just get a successful film; you get a franchise fueled by loads of devoted fans who, rarest of the rare, genuinely want to see a sequel. Simply put, it's blockbuster entertainment done right."

The 2014 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts reviewed

"The best of the five turned out to be Avant Que De Tout Perdre, French for Just Before Losing Everything. A woman (Léa Drucker) plans to flee from her husband during an otherwise nondescript workday. We’re privy to all the minutiae of her decision: Gathering up her children, putting in her notice, asking for an advance on her final paycheck, organizing a ride to safety with her sister. What isn't discussed is why: Aside from a few briefly visible bruises and several offhand comments from her kids, their backstory isn't elaborated upon. Only a glimpse is offered of the husband himself. But a deep fear is palpable throughout its 29 minutes, and the ending reminded me of Michael Haneke’s Caché in its quiet open-endedness."

A look back at the life of Philip Seymour Hoffman

"Does it matter what killed him? Maybe, but only because he seemed like the kind of person who would never die. For some reason, character actors have an eternal vibe to them. Hell, Harry Dean Stanton has been alive for what, 120 years? Even the character actors turned leading men — Nicholson, Pacino, Hoffman, De Niro — they live forever. It would've been fascinating to watch Philip Seymour Hoffman age on the big screen. I think we all expected him to. But now he's gone, and there's nothing up next."

Lone Survivor reviewed

"[Director Peter Berg] is brutally honest; he does not paint his four leads as white knights who've arrived to save the country from evil. Their mission is essentially to assassinate a Taliban leader. They openly discuss their desires to kill every motherfucker who's keeping them from home; they're blunt, efficient war machines. But that's something, as audiences, we should see."

The Past reviewed

"I don't think [Asghar] Farhadi's latest endeavor, The Past, matches the brilliant despair evoked by its award-winning predecessor [A Separation]. But it doesn't strive to document the disintegration of a loving marriage; the focus is on how (to paraphrase Maximus Decimus Meridius) what we've done in life echoes in eternity. Or at least, for the rest of our days."