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Movie Breakdown: Wrong (Noah)

January 31, 2013


People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Quentin Dupieux’s first film, Rubber, was about a killer tire that blew up people’s heads. There were also people, er, watching something, and some seriously meta-debate. Beyond that, whatever that might be, Rubber proved Dupieux, if perhaps not the most rounded storyteller, a new voice in visual aesthetic. Wrong, quite simply, looks to be more of the same.

The Reality:

If you hated Rubber (which many did) you aren’t going to like Wrong. Dupieux doesn’t care about traditional narrative, let alone, the rules of cinema. People die, and then come back to life; it rains inside; characters appear without any reason and leave with just as little – this isn’t Hollywood people, this is some strange corner of Quentin Dupieux’s mind that he’s dusted off for minute so we can all take a peek.

For those still interested in what the “plot” of a film like this might be, here we go: Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick) has lost, seemingly just about everything – his dog, his job, maybe even his mind – and he’s none too happy about it. That’s it. You spend the rest of the film hanging out with Dolph (and the assortment of wacka-birds that Dupieux creates, quite effortlessly) as he yells “Paul” and searches for his dog. You don’t come to a Dupieux film for anything more than that, you come for the ten minute scene where a “top rate detective” searches for Dolph’s pooch using the final memories of Paul’s poo. You come for the strange romance that blooms between Dolph’s gardner Victor (Eric Judor) and a woman that Dolph meets over the phone. There’s themes present here, and possibly some sort of greater meaning to it all, but if you’re going in searching for those, Dupieux is going to baffle you and you’re going to leave the theater angry. Instead, just be fascinated that William Fichtner plays an acid-scarred dog psychic. Then you’ll be okay.

The Lesson:

It isn’t about understanding Wrong, it’s about enjoying Wrong.

PS – Wrong will be available on VOD tomorrow (2/1).

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Top 10 Films Of 2012

January 11, 2013


2012 was a good year for film.  I ended up seeing 126 releases, and I have to admit that the majority of them were far from terrible.  This, of course, made crafting a Top 10 fairly difficult, but I gave it my best shot.  Just a heads up, below the main section of this article you’ll find some mini-lists.  Read on!

10) The Avengers

I feel like some people are afraid to put this movie on their year-end list.  It’s like the 1.5 billion dollars it made worldwide is now suddenly shameful.  I, however, still think of The Avengers as an amazing achievement.  The movie is an outright great time, and I have a feeling that it will be influencing comic book adaptations for years to come.  Way to be, Joss Whedon.

09) Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Much has been made of this little effort that plays big, and the hype is certainly warranted.  Quvenzhane Wallis, who is now the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award, is so good that you walk away from the movie wishing you could spend more time with her.

08) Life Of Pi

If I didn’t already think that Ang Lee was a talented director, his work on Life Of Pi would have quickly remedied that particular train of thought.  He really did craft a beautiful, inspiring film out a book that seemed nearly impossible to adapt.  I can’t wait to own it.

07) Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell should win an award just for landing Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.  The manic chemistry between their characters made for one of the more fascinating things I saw in a theater in 2012.

06) Lincoln

I was not at all interested in seeing Lincoln.  I thought the trailers were boring, and despite my fondness for Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, I just couldn’t get excited about the film.  And then, I saw it, and what I found was that it’s actually a superbly crafted effort.  To be honest, I’m still buzzing about it.

05) Argo

The best decision Ben Affleck ever made was to start directing films.  The guy is so very good at it, and with Argo, which is certainly his best effort to date, I think it’s time to consider him to be one of the best directors working.  This movie had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

04) Seven Psychopaths

I love In Bruges so much that I went into Martin McDonagh’s follow-up with expectations so high that I was sure I’d be disappointed.  But I wasn’t.  Seven Psychopaths is so very clever and hilarious, and I’m anxious to have it in my library for viewing whenever i please.  Side note, if Colin Farrell would exclusively work with McDonagh, the world would be a better place.

03) Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino is the most entertaining bastard on the face of this planet, and Django Unchained is proof of that.  The damn thing is just insanely fun.  When I wasn’t laughing, I was cheering, and when I was doing either of those things, it meant the credits were on and I wanted the movie to immediately start over.

02) Cabin In The Woods

Some would say that The Avengers is the nerd film of the year, but I think it’s actually Cabin In The Woods.  There are so many clever references to catch, and then there’s the fact that it’s filled with a slew of moments so gloriously geeky that you can’t help but loudly celebrate throughout the entire movie.

01) Zero Dark Thirty

I was blown away by Kathryn Bigelow’s follow up to The Hurt Locker.  The movie is just a mammoth effort that’s so very heavy and intense, but yet there isn’t a single moment where you want to bow out.  Like the driven CIA operative that Jessica Chastain plays, you feel determined (and maybe even obligated) to see how the hunt for Osama bin Laden ends.  And speaking of the end.  The way Zero Dark Thirty comes to a close will stick with me until the day I’m gone.  Just an all around brilliant film.

5 Honorable Mentions
Holy Motors
The Grey

5 Solid Films That Were Almost Spectacular
The Dark Knight Rises
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hunger Games

5 Smaller Films You Need To Seek Out
Sleepwalk With Me
The Sessions
Fat Kid Rules The World
Safety Not Guaranteed

5 Worst Films Of 2012
Not Fade Away
Snow White And The Huntsman
The Comedy

Unfairly Shit On Movie Of 2012
John Carter

Biggest Surprise Of 2012
21 Jump Street

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