Like the vast variety of cars on the market, the prodigious amount of movies produced offer the pleasure of having something that will appeal to everyone.
The following films are all very good in their own right, but certainly will be ever more appealing to their respective genre enthusiasts.
3 1/2 out of 4
It's like the rust bucket that always leaves the driver uneasy (Oh, the horror!)
It ranks among my all-time favorites like The Shining, The Exorcist and Poltergeist.
Home invasion flicks are a dime a dozen, but this slasher manages to rise exceedingly over its peers because of an excellent central performance by Sharni Vinson, stylised direction from Adam Wingard, and a script that remains "clean" and simple, yet shocking.
It also represents the pinnacle of strong female characters in scary movies. Hopefully Erin (the believable survivalist girlfriend who takes charge after a family reunion has been disrupted by masked men with the intent of killing all of those in the house) will dwindle memories of the horrifyingly clichéd women like the catatonic Barbra from Night of the Living Dead.
It's like the luxury car with mystery buttons that you have no idea how to use, but hey, they sure look fancy - especially for the pretentious, artsy type.
3 1/2 out of 4
Has it ever occurred to you that the lines that divide long stretches of rural back-roads were painted by solitary men over weeks and even possibly months of time? What loneliness! What a serene connection to nature! This is the premise of Prince Avalanche.
After a fire that burned 43,000 acres of forest, destroyed 1,600 homes and left four dead, Alvin and Lance take to the road that connected this outback community to the main city.
The two begin as adversaries, but soon find friendship in their common troublesrelationships with women. Prince Avalanche must be seen twice for it to be entirely appreciated.
Only on the second time did I fully understand the complexity and overall satisfaction brought by the ambiguity that writer-director David Gordon Green and the wonderful two leads, Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd present to us.
It's like the economical hybrid - less is more.
3 1/2 out of 4
Dialogue goes a long way in Richard Linklater's Before series.
The stories are simple but uncontrived and the filmmaking is always minimalistic.
Instead of emotion through over-the-top exaggerations, we are enriched through realism in Jesse and Celine's relationship.
The couple that once passionately fell in love on a train in Vienna now must deal with the reality of their relationship after the birth of their children, and the fading of their conditional love.
Arguments and philosophical discussion ensue - 190 minutes of it.
And still, subconsciously, not once did I ever stop to think I was watching something fictional - these two lovers were just a mundane couple with mundane problems.
Yet however commonplace and boring each situation may appear in summary, when dramatized through Ethan Hawke (Jesse) and Julie Delpy (Celine), there is ferocity behind the picture.
It's like a force propelling that tells us Jesse and Celine are more than just middleaged character archetypes. They are you and me. These are three excellent films that may just drive their way up to the top of my list for the best of the year.
They are all must-sees.
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