The Grand Budapest Hotel
this film, more so than Wes Anderson’s previous work (besides perhaps Fantastic Mr. Fox), is a very interesting piece of cinema: it’s an example of a director testing himself and working within his means to reach out of his comfort zone. this is Anderson’s murder-mystery that so well pays homage to detective serials, prison break films, and even films like Clue in it’s mission to keep you entertained every step of the way. the production design of his films get better and better and in no way is Grand Budapest an exception - the marriage of three different time periods exceeds in telling the story within a story within a story (within a story?) excellently and uses setting to further the plot and characterization better than even Life Aquatic. the editing was so perfect as well, twists come truly as surprises and the cast reveals itself throughout in a charming and hilarious fashion. don’t miss this one.
4 out of 5.
The Raid: Redemption
what we have here is incredibly directed and the most creatively choreographed fighting and storytelling in modern action history. The Raid is an incredible non-stop tour de force of martial arts fighting that’s brutal and fuels itself as it just keeps going and going for the ENTIRE film. I watched this so I could watch the sequel that ups the ante (and still need to do that) and I’m ready to see how the sequel builds upon this 30 floor foundation of pure martial perfection. this is almost a Die Hard-esque everyman vs. the world tribute and it works so well - the combination of shocking violence and personal inflection makes for a film that’s so incredibly entertaining and just keeps you shouting OHHHH AHHH *teeth sucking sound at the pain you can’t even imagine* it’s incredible, if you haven’t seen it you should fix that.
4.25 out of 5.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again - the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most exciting thing happening at the movies right now. Further more, each film continues to raise the bar set by the last and Winter Soldier pushes that envelope even farther. Such a well-balanced and paced film, it does what a middle movie should and casts our characters (who’s backstories only get deeper and deeper i.e. Black Widow) further into shadow. Without S.H.I.E.L.D. the future of the MCU is in the balance - there’s so many stakes for these characters now! and what better time to turn the camera over to some unknowns with the Guardians Of The Galaxy who may or may not end up fighting alongside the Avengers eventually. GAHD this is so incredible, never before have so many films interacted amongst one another and every new Marvel film I see the more excited I am for the next.
4 out of 5.
Over ten years ago, photographers James and Karla Murray captured the iconic facades of New York City stores.
Recently, they rephotographed the same storefronts to visualize how the city has changed over time.
via Swiss Miss