Movie Review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Are my eyes deceiving me, or is this another Month of Spooks post? Well it is! And what’s the deal today then? Exorcism? Interesting, let’s go!

Ladies, gents, and non-binaries… “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”.

When a priest (Tom Wilkinson) is accused of causing the death of a young woman (Jennifer Carpenter), lawyer Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) takes his case, soon finding herself diving into deeper, and more complex waters than she ever could have expected. If you read the title of this movie, you expect a straight up horror flick, right? Well, that’s not quite what we have here. “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is actually for the most part a courtroom drama, with some flashbacks interspersed throughout that are mor horror-focused. And I personally liked the courtroom stuff quite a bit, as they provided a thematically and dramatically interesting debate on science vs. religion. But then we have the flashbacks to what happened with the character of Emily, and I kind of tuned out of those, because they leaned too much into typical horror tropes, without generating any actual scares. There’s decent atmosphere in those bits, but there’s no actual tension or terror, and I was uninterested in the storytelling in those bits. So yeah, the story here is a bit of a mixed bag.

The characters in this are all pretty interesting, and I like the way they’re used throughout the movie. Even when the storytelling loses me in those flashbacks, the characters are still decently engaging. And a lot of that comes from the spectacular cast, containing people like Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Jennifer Carpenter (who steals the show), Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Henry Czerny, and many more.

The score for the movie was composed by Christopher Young, and I think he did an alright job with it. Some of the track resonate decently, creating some good emotion. But some just feel a bit overbearing as they just try to create this droning horror-y sound. So the score can feel like a mixed bag at times, even though I can’t blame Young himself.

“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” was directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, and I think he did a really good job with. Derrickson is a director who’s work I’ve enjoyed before, and this was his cinematic debut, so it was exciting to see where it started for him. And he definitely has a style and skill that was well beyond his years. Even though I didn’t find the horror bits scary in this, Derrickson’s direction still kept it slightly interesting.

This movie has not been super well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 44% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 46/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.7/10.

While it is a bit of a mixed bag, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” can still be recommend for its courtroom drama and electrifying cast. The story is alright, the characters are okay, the performances are fantastic, the music is okay, and the direction is really good. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is a 6.97/10. So while it’s very flawed, it’s still certainly worth a rental.

My review of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is now completed.

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My Favorite Scenes: Batman Begins – I’m Batman

Hello and welcome to this corpse of a series. For anyone new, “My Favorite Scenes” is the series where I take a look at scenes I like from movies and TV shows and share my thoughts on why I like them. Kind of self-explanatory. So let’s get into it!

So today, as you read in the title of the post, we are taking a look at a scene from a movie about the greatest superhero of all… Arm-Fall-Off Boy! I’m of course kidding, we’re actually talking about the god damn Batman. Though I will add that Arm-Fall-Off Boy is a very real superhero, feel free to google it if you don’t believe me.
“Batman Begins”, the 2005 reboot movie directed by Christoher Nolan that was a modest hit at the box office, and spawned two sequels, one of which earned an Oscar win for best supporting actor. Who knew a franchise about a grumpy billionaire dressing up like a crazy bat-person could be so beloved? Jokes aside, I love these movies. And to be quite honest, “Begins” is my favorite in the trilogy. Anyway, what scene are we talking about today? Well, it’s the scene in the movie where Batman (Christian Bale) officially comes to life. Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson) is at this place filled with containers, overseeing his henchmen prepare drugs for transportation. Then suddenly, somethign happens. His henchmen start getting picked off, one by one. And finally, this weird entity pulls Falcone out of the car and utters the phrase “I’m Batman”. Yeah, I fucking love this scene. Not only because of the bit where Bale says “I’m Batman”, though that is amazing. This entire scene is actually really tense. The way Batman stalks the goons, taking them all out, it’s all very tense and almost a little scary. Say what you want about Nolan and his philosophical stuff, the dude knows how to build tension. And this scene proves it. From the tense stalking to the badass final “I’m Batman”, this scene is amazing.
Enjoy!

Movie Review: Selma (2014)

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As I teased/promised yesterday in a tiny post that I would review this here movie. And Ya know what, I am a man of my word and shall therefore deliver a review.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… “Selma”.

This movie follows civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) in one of the biggest periods of his life. As he is trying to make sure there are true equal voting rights for black people, he plans to start a giant march between Selma and Montgomery (Sidenote: Both towns are in the state of Alabama) as a sort of protest. And then drama. The story not only touches on the bigger aspects with the whole black rights thing, but it even explores a little bit of Dr. King’s family life and the relationship between and his wife. The story also decides to show you every terrible thing that happened to the people involved in the protests. What I am trying to say is that this movie got a lot of balls in the air at the same time. And I do think that it manages to juggle them perfectly. The story is full of excellent drama and it never feels like it is a “Ooo, white guilt” movie, it actually delves into all of the issues at the time in a very professional and superbly well-presented manner. I also like how the movie doesn’t present Dr. King as a flawless and god-like man, but actually presents him as human. It’s not always easy to watch, but I still thought the story was great!

Like I said, the character of Martin Luther King (jr) is humanized in this movie and is not presented as a god among men, but as a man with a really good heart which is kind of awesome. And holy fuckin’ shit, David Oyelowo gives us an incredible performance as the good Dr. I’m not joking, this is one of the best performances of last year. Carmen Ejogo as his wife was also terrific. A lot of great acting in this movie actually. Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr, Oprah Winfrey, Common. And hello Tim Roth, fun to see you in an awesome role again. There is only good, great and amazing acting in this movie and I think that really helps out a lot.

The soundtrack to this movie is pretty great. The score was done by Jason Moran and it is pretty great, with all the right emotions and tension in place. And the licensed tracks used are perfectly placed as well and really helps sell teh time period. And ouf course I’m gonna talk about the original song “Glory” by Common and John Legend that was made for the movie… it’s pretty great. Perfect for the movie and overall really good music. Great job, guys!

This movie looks pretty fucking fantastic. The directing is really good and the cinematography is absolutely fantastic. The cinematography was done by Bradford Young who also did it for the movie “A Most Violent Year” which I kind of loved and reviewed a while back (Shameless plug). I feel like I need to disclaim something; if you can’t stand violence (a.k.a. if you’re a little squeamish) then this might not be the movie for you since it is at times really violent (But for a reason).

This movie has gotten some pretty great reception from critics and people alike. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 99% (100% if you go by “Top critics” only) positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 89/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10. “Selma” also won an Oscar in the category of Best Original Song (Glory). And it was nominated for an additional Oscar in the category of Best Picture. 

“Selma” is a difficult movie to watch because of it’s often brutal scenes, but it is also a very emotional and well told movie with fantastic acting, great music, good directing and terrific cinematography. Time for my final score. I HAVE A DREAM… My final score for “Selma” is a 9,86/10 and definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

Review of “Selma” is now completed.

… THAT ONE DAY THIS NATION WILL RISE UP…

Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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I will be completely honest with you guys, I am not a Wes Anderson fan. Mainly because I have barely seen anything from the guy. Before this I had only seen “The Royal Tenenbaums” and I wasn’t a big fan. But I still decided to give this a go because I had heard some great stuff about it and it looked like a pretty good movie. I also thought I maybe should check out more movies by Wes Anderson before one of you cut my throat. So here we go!

Ladies and gents… “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.

So what is this movie about? It’s about Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) telling a young writer (Jude Law) about how he became the owner of the hotel and his adventures with the former owner Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes). The main plot around that is how Gustave is accused of stealing a painting and murdering a rich woman whom he was a good friends of. So now he has to find a way to clear his name. And from that point on the level of quirk increases to ridiculous levels and we get one of the most original and clever plots in recent years. The twists and turns this movie has really work and fit perfectly. The situations we see our heroes in are also relly fun and, again, quirky. I really enjoyed the plot of the movie.

The characters in this movie are all unique, fleshed out and highly entertaining. Which is a tiny bit surprising considering there are so many of them in this movie. But let’s start with the main ones and some favorites of mine. First off we have Gustave H. He is strict, he is weird and he is very profane and Ralph Fiennes portrayes him perfectly. He is also a very kind man. Next up is the character of Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) a.k.a. the young version of F. Muray Abraham. He was one of those guys you just liked because… he was a likeable guy I guess. And I do think Revolori portrayed him excellently even though it was only his first movie. Next up we have the character of Jopling (Willem Dafoe). Even though he had a very prominent role in the movie he is here mainly as a favorite of mine. He was a psychotic killer who was hired by Dmitri (Adrien Brody) who is a relative of the dead woman to check things out and maybe “Take care of things”. That’s really it. All the characters in the movie are great and really quirky.

The score by Alexandre Desplat (Godzilla, Harry Potter) is really good and once again, quirky. It really fit the often non-serious tone of the movie and also the serious bits as well because yes those exist. I don’t really know what to say, it was mostly orchestrations and they were all enjoyable… I have nothing else.

I really liked how this movie was directed. When we had the scenes with F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law we had these wide and beautiful shots. But when we had the flashbacks that focused on Ralph Fiennes and friends it was done in a smaller aspect ratio to sort of fit in the time that those parts are set in. He also used paintings as backgrounds in the flashback parts like in old movies. The only part of the direction that kinda bothered me was a part where there was a ski-chase that was really computer generated and not practical, it was really distracting for me.

This is a very well-received movie. A lot of people liked it, not just the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the movie has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 88/100. And on imdb.com it has an 8,1/10 and is ranked #186 on the “Top 250” list. The movie was also (at the time of this review) nominated for 9 Oscars (Holy crap). Categories: Best motion picture, Best director, Best writing directly for the screen, Best Cinematography, Best editing, Best production design, Best costume design, Best makeup/haristyling and Best original score. That is a lot of nominations!

Overall “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a fun, quirky, entertaining movie with a good story, really good performances, a great score and great direction but is slightly brought down by that distracting computer generated skiing bit. now for my final score. LOBBY BOY! Thank you! My final score for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a 9,01/10. It’s a fun movie that is worth buying.
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Review of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is done.

I got nothing to say.