YOF #26-28 | Green Room, Our Kind of Traitor, Now You See Me

Let’s get this up-to-date. Here’s a couple from the cinema, as well as another from Lovefilm.

Green Room Poster#25
Green Room
Cinema (Cineworld)

Mike summed this up nicely for Fake Geeks, but here are my thoughts – both on the film itself, and the showing we attended:

really enjoyed this. I think Saulnier did a decent enough job with the characters that you cared about what happened to them, with the possible exception of Tiger (Callum Turner). Anton Yelchin was really good in the lead(ish) role.

To say this was only Saulnier’s third film (after 2007’s Murder Party and the critically acclaimed Blue Ruin from 2013), he’s certainly making a name for himself. He should probably be added to the list of young directors to keep an eye out for/worth hunting their stuff down.

As for the violence level in the film… In the showing we went to, a couple left during a particular scene (where someone takes a boxcutter to the gut).  While it was unpleasant to watch,  I don’t think it was over the top. It’s appropriate for the type of film it is and where it is set. As Mike mentions in his review, the violence is to shock, not repulse, and this rings true for me. We found the walkout to be odd too as 1) Every review we’ve ready on the film makes it quite clear the level of violence in the film and 2) The certificate at the beginning read “18 – strong bloody violence and gore”. What else were they expecting?!

Green Room is a very good intense thriller (some call it horror, but I wouldn’t quite go that far). If you’re not too squeamish, they I’d heartily recommend it. There’s a good chance this make my top 10/15 for the year. [4].

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Our Kind of Traitor
Cinema (Cineworld)

I’ve reviewed this over at Fake Geeks. In short, it worth watching at least once for Stellan Skarsgård’s performance. [3]

Now You See Me Poster#27
Now You See Me
Blu-Ray via Lovefilm

For some reason, I missed this first time around. Now that there is a sequel about to come out, I’m glad it came up with my Lovefilm rotation.

Now You See Me is the story of four amatuer magicians that are brought together by a mysterious benefactor. The benefactor re-packages them and, a year later, they debut their act in Las Vegas. With their final trick, they seemingly steal millions of dollars from a Parisian bank. With the FBI unable to prove how they did it, or find any physical evidence, they have to release the group. With the each Horseman show, the group set up more and more elaborate schemes, while the FBI hunt for the evidence to put them away.

Director Louis Leterrier was coming off the back of one of the worst films I’ve had the displeasure of seeing at the cinema (the pointless 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans), so maybe that had something to do with how I missed this. That being said, I thought Now You See Me was a very enjoyable film. Bar David Franco’s character, Leterrier does a pretty good job in giving equal billing to the four horsemen. On the support side of things, Ruffalo is dependably solid, and Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman rarely disappoint. Mélanie Laurent is fine as the French Interpol agent come to investigate the bank robbery.

I only have a couple of small gripes with the film:

  • Whomever did the sound editing should have done a little more work – in a few of Laurent’s scenes it is difficult to make out what she is saying as the sound level is low enough that her accent obscures what she is saying.
  • I didn’t feel the group were ever  truly in danger of being caught. They were always shown to be so far ahead with their plans that it never felt like the FBI would catch them.

These are minor things though. It really is a fun film, and I’m looking forward to the sequel. [3.5]


YOF #24-25 | Dragon Blade, The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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Dragon Blade
Blu-Ray via Lovefilm

Weakest release from 2016 that I’ve seen so far. I give further thoughts at Fake Geeks. [1.5]


The Tale of Princess Kaguya

I watched this last year as part of preparation for the 2015 film of the year lists. That time, I went for the English language version.

Yesterday, some friends hosted a gathering where we watched the Japanese language version. I’ve got to say, it’s a bit better on the whole.

The film itself is pretty great either way. [4]

YOF#22 | Lost in Karastan

Lost in Karastan
DVD (via Lovefilm)

As mentioned previously, I try and use resources like Lovefilm, Amazon Prime and Netflix to keep up with films from the current year that I may have missed at the cinema (partly because I’m a bit of a film geek, and partly because it helps inform my end of year list for Fake Geeks – wait, that’s the same thing!)

Anywho, Lost in Karastan got decent reviews but was only in UK cinemas for a heartbeat back in January.

I’ve put a fuller review up at Fake Geeks, but I will say that it’s an entertaining little film, if a little light and unfocused. [3]