A Most Violent Year: Movie Reviewed

A Most Violent YearSTARRING: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

DIRECTED BY: J.C. Chandor

GENRE: Drama, Thriller, Gangster

SYNOPSIS: A man in the oil trade tries to stay out of the gangster underworld during a peak year in New York crime.

RATING: 8/10

MY REVIEW:

‘A Most Violent Year’ is the latest film from two rapidly rising stars, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. After seeing this film it’s only been confirmed in my mind that these two are some of the best actors working today. It’s really Oscar Isaac’s film, and he gives a fantastic performance as a man who is both likeable and a strong leader, but has a bitter layer bubbling just under his surface. While Jessica Chastain’s role is a supporting one, it’s cleverly acted and just as praiseworthy.

American Sniper: Movie Reviewed

STARRING: Bradley Cooper, Sienna MillerAmerican Sniper

DIRECTED BY: Clint Eastwood

GENRE: Biopic, War, Drama

SYNOPSIS: The true story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history, who struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while working for the military.

RATING: 7/10

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Whiplash: Movie Reviewed

WhiplashSTARRING: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons

DIRECTED BY: Damien Chazelle

GENRE: Thriller, Drama, Music

SYNOPSIS: A talented young jazz drummer joins the band of well respected conductor Terrence Fletcher, only to find out that Fletcher is more brutal than he ever would have expected.

RATING: 10/10

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Into the Woods: Movie Reviewed

Into the WoodsSTARRING: Emily Blunt, James Corden, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford, Tracey Ullman, Johnny Depp

DIRECTED BY: Rob Marshall

GENRE: Musical, Fantasy, Adventure

SYNOPSIS: A dark look at the famous fairytales we loved as children and what happens to the characters after their happily ever after.

RATING: 7/10

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Let’s Low Poly

You might call it a design trend, but it’s happening nonetheless. A lot of 3D animation and art now uses something called ‘low-poly modelling’, meaning making graphics look as if they’re from the 80’s except with improved lighting and attention to detail. This will be the new form of intros for Humble Cookie. I threw together this in Cinema 4D to show you exactly what we’re talking about:

Low-Poly Modelling

Expect to see a bit more of this. A lot more in fact. Have you tried any ‘low-poly modelling’? Leave a comment with a link!

My Favourite Films of 2014

It’s been a while since the end of 2014, and I know this list is late, but I wanted to make sure it was right. There were some movies I’ve heard great things about but missed at the cinema and I wanted to catch up with. However there’s still some I didn’t get to see for whatever reason, so I’d like to list those, just to acknowledge them:

Foxcatcher: Movie Reviewed

FoxcatcherSTARRING: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall

DIRECTED BY: Bennett Miller

GENRE: Thriller, Drama, Biopic, Sport

SYNOPSIS: The true story of Olympic Gold medal winning wrestling brothers Dave and Mark Schultz and their relationship with millionaire John Du Pont.

RATING: 9/10

MY REVIEW:

When I see a movie I generally like to put it on a scale of my own invention. On one end of the scale is art, and on the opposite end is entertainment. Foxcatcher would be completely at the art end. This is not a film that intends to entertain, and it’s appeal is centred around those who appreciate cinema as an artistic form, but it is a true work of art.