When in Rome… For real this time

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night! It is I, Markus! Although that shouldn’t come as a surprise since I am the only person operating on this blog. I mean, the blog is essentially named after me and it has been run by me and only me for over a year. So you shouldn’t expect anyone else to post here. Wow, that got off track… shit.
Sorry about that, train derailed. The reason I am making this post right now is because I will be going away later this week. Someone of you people might remember that in march of this year I would be going away to Italy but there was a strike at the airport we were going to start our flight from. But now we will finally be get going. We in my class will start our trip/travel on early thursday morning and be home late tuesday evening. That is based on central europen standard time (Sidenote: CEST for those of you who only speak in abbreviations.). The reason I am making this announcement is because of two main reasons.
#1: I thought it couldb e fun to simply mention it.
#2: Since I will be away, you will see no big posts (Sidenote: A.K.A. reviews) coming from this blog over the weekend. If you see anything, it might be something small like a tiny update such as “Hotel Room” or some shit like that.

So yeah, I’ll be going to Rome… for real this time. So that’s gonna be fun (I hope).
Have a good one!

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Movie Review: Pale Rider (1985)

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As many times as I’ve done my explanation on my thought on westerns I think you might be able to recite it word for word, so I’m not gonna give it to you this time. All I’m gonna say is; Western time!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Pale Rider”.

One day a mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) comes to a small mining town and befriends local worker Hull Barret (Michael Moriarty) and his family. As the preacher stays with them, he finds out that a mining company tries to take everything from the poor workers. So of course the preacher decides that he will help and protect them. And this sounds like the same old song and dance we’ve heard before. And while the idea is the same, it is still surprisingly fun and interesting to watch. It was all handled in a way where it didn’t paint Eastwood as your typical super badass hero, but as a man who has some capabilities. The story is not really as predicatable in it’s execution as you might think, it actually managed to surprise me a fair amount. But what really caught me off guard about the movie is how it actually touches on the subjects of love, religion and courage in a pretty good way. And I can safely say that I was satisfied with the plot of the movie.

Despite this movie being a Clint Eastwood western, there isn’t as much Eastwood as you may think. Yes, he has a big presence in the movie but he isn’t taking up all of the space. But was Clint good in the movie, that’s the question. Short answer: Yes. Long Answer: Yes he was good, even though I’d say he’s better in movies like “Outlaw Josey Wales” or “Gran Torino” or “Unforgiven” or I could sit here and mention movies all day but I don’t feel like it. Michael Moriarty was also really good in the movie, basically playing a family man stuck in a tough situation. Every actor was in fact good in the movie, couldn’t really find a weak performance here.

The score for the movie was composed by Lennie Niehaus who later would do the score for Eastwood’s final western, “Unforgiven”. And the score for “Pale Rider” is actually really good. It built tension when it needed to, it gave some good emotion when it needed to, it’s just a good score that does it’s job very well.

One might be disappointed by the lack of shootouts in this movie because I do admit, they are few and far between. However, when they do happen they are so satisfying in their execution. They are fast, fierce and surprisingly violent. But that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of them because they are still really fun to watch.

That’s right, I’m a pretentious asshole who puts the shootouts by themselves in a review of a western. Anyway, this movie does not only star Clint Eastwood but it was also directed by him. And he did a great job, everything is very well handled. I mean, the shots in this movie look fantastic! That is one of the things I noticed early on in the movie and said to myself “Damn, this movie looks terrific!”. And I still stand by that thought.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t even exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,3/10.

“Pale Rider” is very traditional as far as westerns go, but it still surprises with a surprising amount of depth in it’s plot, really good acting, really good music, awesome shootouts and terrific directing. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Pale Rider” is a 9,79/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Pale Rider” is now reviewed.

Westerns…

Great music #2

Hey guys, how are you doing this relatively lovely thursday? Me myself am doing great and pretty relaxed. You might not remember this, but I shared a song not too long ago because I felt like it. Well now I am doing it again because why the fuck not? Anyway, I am jsut sharing this amazing live version of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”. I love it and you should check it out.
Have a good one!

Movie Review: Blade II (2002)

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I guess you could call this the second part of a review series, although I never really planned it like that. But since I now brought it up, let’s just call it a review series. A series of reviews on the “Blade” movies. And now we’re at part 2… so let’s go.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade II”.

Once again we get to meet vampire hunter/Daywalker Blade (Wesley Snipes). Also, for those of you who missed the first “Blade”, I will tell you what a Daywalker is. A Daywalker is a term used to describe someone with all the strenghts of a vampire… but none of the weaknesses of a vampire. So he can walk around when the sun is out and nothing will happen to him. Now that we got that shit out of the way, let’s move on. Anyway, now Blade and his mentor/companion Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) has to team up with the vampire council to take down some kind of mutated breed of vampire called Reapers. And then the hunt is on and holy shit it’s actually kind of great. The plot doesn’t try to burden itself with a convoluted plot that tries to be more than it actually is. Instead we have a relatively straight-forward plot with a few decent twists near the end. And just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s completely braindead, oh no. It actually has a good sense of storytelling and it builds onto the world the first movie set up. So yeah, the plot is definitely much better than in the first movie.

The characters are all a bucket fun to watch. Wesley Snipes once again plays Blade and once again he is fucking great in the role. I really couldn’t see anyone else in the role of the Daywalker. Kris Kristofferson as Whistler is just as entertaining as in the first movie. I mean, he might be the most badass old guy since Clint Eastwood. We also get a few new additions to the roster and hot damn, this movie got a great cast. First off we have Norman Reedus (Yeah, Daryl from “The Walking Dead”) playing a young man who Blade teamed up with between the two movies. And he’s really good. Next we have Ron Perlman who plays the vampire named Reinhardt. Okay, we already know Ron Perlman is a badass, but giving him a badass name like Reinhardt is really the frosting on the cake. The entire cast is really fucking great, so let’s round ’em up. Leonor Varela, Thomas Kretschmann, Luke Goss, Matt Schulze, Danny John-Jules and Donnie Yen. Great, great cast!

Just like in “Blade” the score for this movie is heavily based in techno music which I suppose was a thing of the late 90’s to early 00’s. Not that I think it’s a bad thing as long as it’s handled well which “Blade II” does splendidly! The score is fierce, cool and overall fits the style of the movie perfectly. And all thanks to composer Marco Beltrami! Interesting also how the movie chose to add hip-hop to the mix of music as well. To be honest, I did love the inclusion of “Name of the Game” by The Crystal Method, that was awesome! So yeah, the music fits perfectly.

This is a sequel that did not have director as it’s original. The first one was directed by Stephen Norrington, while “Blade II” was directed by Guillermo Del Toro. And he did a fantastic job with how he filmed it and kept everything in check. And the action is jsut as good as in the first movie, if not even better… fuck it, the action’s better here. It is fierce, brutal and intense. And most of it is practical with the actors actually taking part in it. Sure, there was a little bit of CGI in some parts, but it wasn’t bad. Let’s talk the visual effects for a second, much better than in the first movie. First off, the makeup effects are fantastic, some of the best I’ve seen. And the CGI in the movie is a lot better than the CG in the first “Blade” which was pretty awful. The CG here on the other hand is really good which is a relief.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 57% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 52/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,7/10.

“Blade II” is a movie that (in my opinion) takes what was good about the first movie and improves on it significantly. The plot is much better & more enjoyable, the characters are much better & they are very well acted, the music is terrific, the directing is great, the action is fantastic and the visual effects are terrific. Time for my final score. *Slays vampire, takes envelope*. My final score for “Blade II” is a 9,85/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Review of “Blade II” is completed.

You’re human.
Barely, I’m a lawyer.

 

Series Review: Mr. Robot – Season 1 (2015)

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I am not sure what to think of hackers. Sure, there are some rotten apples out there who only do terrible/douchy things with their skills, but there are also a lot of people who use their powers for good. You know, those who try to find security issues in computer systems and then report on them/fix them. So I’m a little split when it comes to hackers. What are your thoughts on them?

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce… “Mr. Robot”.

The show is about computer wiz and hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) who isn’t very good with people. I mean, within the first ten minutes of the show he straight up mentions that he got social anxiety disorder. Anyway, he manages to get in contact with a group of hackers led by a mysterious anarchist called “Mr. Robot” (Christian Slater). So he has to lead a triple life where he has to try to balance his life as a worker on a cyber security firm, his own side-stuff as a hacker and also the parts of his life involved with helping “Mr. Robot” and the gang with their schemes. And if that idea is not intriguing to you then you’re clearly not into intriguing mysteries. And were my speculations about the plot being any good justified? Fuck yes! With the basic idea of the show I did think it would be pretty good… I did however not expect the plot of it all to be fuckin’ masterful. The plot is presented in a way where it is told incredibly well with a lot of relevance to modern society and current social issues. It also has a ton of suspense and some fantastic twists. I mean, it kept blowing my mind with all of the clever twists. I have not seen a show this smart in a long time. I gotta say that the plot of the show is just overall fantastic.

What I like about the characters in the show is that none of them are even close to perfect. They all have flaws and that makes them even more relatable and interesting. Let’s start out with our main man, Elliot. Giving the guy social anxiety disorder was actually a smart move on the creator’s part since it really makes him a bit awkward but also a lot more interesting. And Rami Malek who plays him perfectly nails it! Also, I didn’t realize it until about halfway through the season, but then it popped into my head like “Holy shit, it’s the guy from Night at the Museum!”. I don’t know why I didn’t recognize him at first, but I at least finally did. Christian Slater also nails it as this strange man who obviously knows a lot about Elliot even though we never know why.  The third and final one I will officially mention is Swedish (my nationality!) actor Martin Wallström who plays rich businessman Tyrell Wellick… he is fucking great in the show, playing a very sneaky and kind of douchy man. And he’s great. Everybody’s great in this show which is awesome!

The score for the show was composed by Mac Quayle and he did a fantastic job with it. It is heavily based in techno/electronic music and it fits the show perfectly, buidling suspense and tension. It is also overall really good and pretty enjoyable to listen to. And the use of licensed tracks in the show was pretty great too. Every track was used perfectly for the mood they wanted for the scene/situation. After finishing the season I listened to the mix of songs they had and it was great. The entire soundtrack’s great and perfectly fits the show.

The show was created by a man named Sam Esmail who really hadn’t produced/directed/written anything prior to “Mr. Robot” which is really strange to me because of the high quality each episode has in all of those aspects. The camera work is fantastic, the writing is spectacular and I couldn’t find any technical faults with any of it. I mean, I would say that even has a certain style that makes it feel a bit unique as well even if it doesn’t do anything groundbreaking when it comes directing and such.

Despite being an original concept that has only aired one season, this show has gotten some fantastic reception. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a 98% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 9,0/10 (let’s see if that shit changes after season 2 comes out).

“Mr. Robot” is one of the most intriguing and original shows I have ever seen. It has a fantastic & suspenseful plot with plenty of twists, fantastic characters & acting, a terrific soundtrack, great directing and spectacular writing. Time for my final score. *Cough Cough*. My final score for the first season of “Mr. Robot” is a 9,96/10. IT most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “Mr. Robot” season 1 is completed.

Fuck society…

My Favorite Scenes: Fight Club – Ending

Hello guys & gals and welcome back to “My Favorite Scenes” which is so self-explanatory that I’m not even gonna fuckin’ bother to explain what it is. Anyway, on this edition of “My Favorite Scenes” we are having a look at a scene from My Favorite Movie, “Fight Club”. And if you seriously haven’t seen “Fight Club” yet, what the hell are you doing with your life? Go watch it, come back here. Okay? Good! Well yes, as the title suggests, we are having a look at the final scene of the movie. Or to be more precise, we are taking a look at the final minute of the movie because it’s the only version of the scene I could find in decent quality. But you know what I would call this? The perfect ending… yeah. It could not have had a better ending if it tried. Even the author of the original novel, Chuck Palahniuk, thought the ending of the movie is better than the one in the book. And while I unfortunately haven’t read the book, I do still think that this ending is as good as it could ever be. Mainly thanks to David Fincher’s excellent directing and the song “Where is My Mind?” by The Pixies. Like I said, I love this scene and that is why I am sharing it.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything (2014)

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Anybody else have major respect for super genius Stephen Hawking? The guy is essentially stuck in his own body yet has managed to be one of the coolest and most inspiring people on planet earth. What happened to him is shitty, but he didn’t care, he continued with his work and genius theories. And I guess that is why I have a lot of respect for him. So let’s have a look at him… sort of.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “The Theory of Everything”.

Like I said, in this movie we follow Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne). It starts out when he’s a young man in university, trying to become one of the big science people (sorry for my ignorance). We also get to see how he meets his future wife, Jane (Felicity Jones) and how they cope with Stephen’s disease getting worse and worse over the years. And I actually really liked the plot of this movie. It is heartfelt, it is charming and it also heavily invested me. I can also mention that the movie falsely advertises itself. The title is “The Theory of Everything”, but isn’t so much about Hawking’s theory. It’s really a romance movie about the most brilliant mind of… ever. And I feel like the plot overall at times handled certain situations a little bit sloppily. It might also feel a little bit melodramatic at times for some people (not me). So I do think the plot overall was really good, if a little sloppy at times.

The characters in this movie are all interesting and have a lot of personality. They could have been handled so terribly, but the crew of the movie lucked out. Eddie Redmayne, holy shit he gave a great performance. What made his performance so great was that as the movie progressed and the disease got worse, he managed to adapt to that and perfectly capture the live of a physically decaying man. Great job, Redmayne. Felicity Jones was also great as his wife. I don’t know how to explain her performance perfectly, but I still say that she’s great. Also, since this is my blog I can do whatever the hell I want and therefore I will talk about Daredevil. What? Charlie Cox who plays Daredevil in the TV show has a role in this movie. And I think he is really good here, nothing else to say about him. Every actor was either really good or great in this movie.

The score for the movie was done by Jóhann Jóhansson who also did the score for the awesome movie “Prisoners”. But this review is about “The Theory of Everything” and not “Prisoners”, so let’s stick to this shit. So, the score… really good. It was dramatic, emotional and really fit the movie perfectly. Yeah, it’s good.

James Marsh directed the movie and I think he did a great job. The shots all look great even though there are no groundbreaking and original types of shots. And the script is really good too. I mean, the dialogue is entertaining and feels very natural. No part of the dialogue feels forced or bad or anything of a similar nature.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,7/10. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best Actor (Redmayne). It was also nominated for an additional 4 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress (Jones), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.

“The Theory of Everything” got a lot of things going for it. First off, the plot is great if a little sloppy at times. The acting is also pretty great, teh score is really good, the directing is good and the screenplay is pretty great. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “The Theory of Everything” is a 9,00/10. I think it’s definitely worth buying.
Worth buying

“The Theory of Everything” is now reviewed.

Because of Dr. Hawking’s disease, you dumb shits dropped buckets of ice on yourselves last year.

Movie Review: Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

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Finally, we are here. The fourth and final part in this action movie franchise. Not that I had any planned reviewes for these. I really saw the first one pretty much on accident (a happy accident) and then the sequels have been sprinkled into my life at pure random. But now we are at last here, the last movie in this awesome franchise.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Lethal Weapon 4”.

Once again we get to follow the craziness of LAPD detectives Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover). And in this one they have to try to stop a deadly Chinese crime lord that is related in one way or another to immigrant smuggling and counterfeiting. Just like all the other movies, the premise is simple. And just like the sequels it is also executed in a pretty simple way. The first movie had surprising depth to it, but all sequels (including this one) stay really simple in style and execution. And while I don’t mind too much because of the fast pace and entertainment factor of the plot, it is sad that it didn’t feel a little more… deep. The only thing put in here that sort of raises the stakes is the fact that Lorna (Rene Russo) is pregnant in this movie, but that isn’t too prominent in the movie. But to sum it up, the plot is entertaining, but not really that great.

The chemistry between our two leads is just as great as ever. You know, despite it being six years since the third movie came out. So yeah, their chemistry is still great. And their performances are still great nothing else to say there. Also, I’m glad to see that newcomer Jet Li fits into teh plot perfectly and also gives a great performance as a really badass guy. We also get another newcomer in the form of Chris Rock who I can say was servicable at best. Look, I got nothing against him, I think he is overall a really funny guy, but he didn’t fit that perfectly in this movie. It is also a shame that Rene Russo isn’t the badass woman she was in “Lethal Weapon 3”, instead she is thrown to the side and pops up every now and then. Oh well, she at least gives a good performance whenever she’s in front of the camera. But I swear, if I ever have to listen to Joe Pesci (as Leo Getz) say “Okay” one more time, I will hurt something. Overall he was fine in the movie, but he was also annoying. This movie lost a little in character compared to the other ones, but it is still not bad.

Once again, the score was done by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. And once again it is pretty fucking great. Perfectly creating tension for the action scenes, perfectly lighting the mood when the we need to chill out and jsut perfectly capturing every feeling/style it needs to capture. It is really a terrific score that we got here, but that is something that has stayed consistent throughout all of the movies.

I think it’s safe to say that if you give Richard Donner (R.I.P) a camera and a pretty big budget, he’s gonna make something great. “Lethal Waepon 4” from a technical standpoint is pretty amazing. The shots look great and everything is steady and nice. Which segues me perfectly into what I wanted to mention next which is the action. Yeah, it is as awesome as ever. Like I said, it is all very steady which is great because we actually get to see what’s going on. The action gets a lot better thanks to the inclusion of some martial arts in this one. The action is one of the aspects which bumps up “Lethal Weapon 4” quite the bit as a movie. Also, the comedy in the movie worked really well, I really did laugh at it a lot.

This movie has gotten some pretty mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 52% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 37/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“Lethal Weapon 4” is pretty much everything I expected and wanted from a “Lethal Weapon” movie. A decent story, fun characters, great music, great directing & action. While two of the actors might be slightly annoying (Rock and Pesci), everyone else did a great job. I also can’t deny the fun I had with this movie. Time for my final score. I’m still too old for this shit. My final score for “Lethal Weapon 4” is an 8,54/10. I do think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Lethal Weapon 4” is now completed.

Despite this being a good movie, I still found a serious lack of Gibson-mullet.
tAjEJHH

Series Review: Rectify – Season 1 (2013)

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Time for another series review (Yippee?). But this time we are stepping it down a little bit and instead of reviewing an entire show, we are only having a look at the first season of a show. This is a format I will go by if a show has multiple seasons and I have started it after I created my series reviews. So you won’t see any season-by-season reviews of “Arrow” or “Hell on Wheels” or other shows, those will get full on reviews whenever the show wrap up and I have finished them. Now that this disclaimer has been issued, let’s review this show.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s all have a look at the first season of… “Rectify”.

Daniel Holden (Aden Young) has been on death row for 19 years after he raped and murdered his girlfriend. Although DNA evidence has now, after all this time, shown that it might not have been Daniel who did it. So now he is released back into the world, to reunite with his family which has changed a lot in the 19 years he’s been locked up. So we get to follow Daniel as he has to try to reintegrate himself into society with the help of his family. We also get to see how his family and other people try to cope with Daniel back out. Not gonna lie… I fucking loved the plot here. It’s incredibly fascinating to see how this man who has been locked away from society for so long try to become part of it again. Also, it’s a very quiet show. It is really about the little things in life, even though his release is a pretty damn big event. But like I said, it is a quiet show… until the explosive season finale which I will not spoil because I’m nice like that. But yeah, I found the drama extremely riveting and I loved it all.

The characters all feel fleshed out, unique and very real. Despite all being fictional characters made up for this show, they all feel like very real people. And I think part of that is because of some really good writing. Then of course also have the very grounded performances. Aden Young as Daniel is fantastic, giving a very subdued and quiet performance. I don’t know about you, but if I would get released after spending 19 years in isolation, I think I’d have a hard time fitting in, just like Daniel. And Young manages to capture that perfectly in his overall fantastic performance. Abigail Spencer plays Daniel’s younger sister, Amantha and she is pretty great in the show too. Her character is a little more talkative and “happy” (in lack of a better word) even though it’s weird for her that her older brother’s out of jail, and she is fantastic in her role. Every actor does in fact give a performance that is on one of two levels; great or fantastic. Also, I forgot to mention that the characters are very deep as well. Which is great because it just improves everything so much.

The score was done by composer Gabriel Mann and I have to say that it is one of the best scores I have ever heard. It is a very contemplative and thought provoking score, which perfectly suits the plot of the show in that sense. It is also overall very beautiful with perfect use of the instruments to create any mood the show wants to portray, even if it already does that perfectly through the writing and the acting. I would put it like this: The style of the score is a mix of the intro to Avenged Sevenfold’s “Afterlife” and the overall score of the show “Justified”. I don’t know if that is a good comparison, but we’ll go with it anyway. Despite my weird comparison, I think the score is pretty fantastic.

This show looks gorgeous. The directing is fantastic and so is the cinematography. It’s pretty stylish and unique in it’s look, but I don’t complain, it looks great and fits the show perfectly. Also, while I won’t compare too much here, there can be a lot of parallels drawn to “Breaking Bad” in the show’s overall style. But I guess that might come from the producers of “Rectify” who apparently also worked on “Breaking Bad”. And while I see a few similarities in style, “Rectify” does enough unique things to stand out as it’s own thing.

This show has been overall really well-received. Of course we are only taking a look at season 1 here, but still. On Rotten Tomatoes the season has a 90% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 82/100. And imdb.com has no average per season, so I’m just linking you to the overall imdb page.

“Rectify” season 1 is a great way to start up a show. It has a thought provoking & terrific plot, fantastic characters & performances, fantastic music, terrific directing & cinematography and some overall great drama. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for the first season of “Rectify” is a 9,89/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Season 1 of “Rectify” is now reviewed.

Sentenced to die, condemned to live.

 

Movie Review: A Most Violent Year (2014)

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If you’re the boss of a company, you want what’s best for said company. So therefore you might have to do some stuff you might not have wanted to do in the first place to keep it running. But you also have to think about your family (if you have one), and make sure they are healthy and good. It is quite the dilemma.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for… “A Most Violent Year”.

We follow Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), an ambitious immigrant in New York City, year 1981. He runs a prtty successful business that runs oil. But as his trucks get robbed time and time gain, he has to find a way to keep his business safe. He also have to make sure his wife (Jessica Chastain) and kids are safe. And I found it all very interesting. Not only that but I was also riveted by the story and how it unfolded. And even though the story is a work of fiction, it still felt like something that could be real. It is also surprisingly suspenseful, even though it isn’t really a thriller. And don’t get fooled by the title, this is a pretty quiet drama, not an action movie. The plot also had some prety great twists here and tehre And I found it all to make a pretty great story.

The characters are fleshed out, entertaining and actually kind of unique in a sense. Oscar Isaac gives a terrific performance as Abel, a man who wants to go legit but gets forced into some not as legit stuff. So in a way he is kind of like Michael Corleone from “The Godfather”. Jessica Chastain as his wife was also pretty great, but that doesn’t surprise me since she’s been great in other things. David Oyelowo played a D.A. ‘(District attorney) in the movie and he was pretty great as well. Also, Albert Brooks was in this movie and while not as fantastic as he was in “Drive”, he was still great in this movie. Every performance in this movie was pretty great, I found no weak link here.

The score for the movie was done by Alex Ebert (Sidenote: No relation to movie critic Roger Ebert). And I gotta say, it is a very ominous and even a little bone-chilling score… and I fucking love it. Sure, it’s not as dark and terrifying as “Requiem For a Dream” (not comparing, just saying), but it is still pretty bone-chilling and haunting. It is also very well done and sounds perfect. It is definitely something I’d want for a suspenseful movie. I mean, some of the suspense actually comes from the score. So I do think that it really fit the movie perfectly and actually showed overall quality as a score/soundtrack.

“A Most Violent Year” was directed by J.C. Chandor. And while I haven’t seen anything by him yet, I have been curious about his two previous movies for a while. One of them is “All is Lost” and the other one is “Margin Call”. Anyway, Chandor did a great job directing this movie, the shots line up perfectly and it is overall very well-directed. I also really liked the cinematography by Bradford Young, it looked fantastic. His cinematography almost gives the movie a David Fincher-esque style/quality to it, and I love that shit. I also gotta mention that the writing in the movie is pretty fucking great. The dialogue is fantastic and it all feels very natural. Also, Chandor is the writer of the movie, so he did two great things with this movie!

This movie has been received pretty damn well. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 90% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“A Most Violent Year” is one of the most surprisingly great movies I have seen in a while. It has a fantastic plot with some great twists, fantastic performances & characters, a terrific score, great direction, excellent cinematography and great writing. Time for my final score. Jeff! Get over here! *Punches Jeff in face*. Maybe that was a little too violent, huh Jeff? My final score for “A Most Violent Year” is a 9,87/10. It most definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “A Most Violent Year” is now completed.

Onwards to J.C. Chandor’s other movies!