As my compulsion to view (for free) every new release dwindles in direct relation to how much I despise my job at Cinemark, my viewing habits have certainly begun to reflect this unfortunate change. Even still, I had the opportunity to catch a couple of 2012’s better offerings in conjunction with a LOT of horror favorites I haphazardly, mostly drunkenly caught on cable to no avail. Enjoy if you dare.
A sly, frequently calamitous commentary on the screenwriting process, Martin McDonagh’s bang-up ensemble piece is equal parts hilarious and gleefully violent so as to compensate for some awkward tonal shifts. All things considered, I appreciated mostly everything Seven Psychopaths had to offer despite its discernible flaws, tepid finale included. Full review here.
Focusing primarily on the outlandish hostage extraction scheme employed by America during the Iran Hostage Crisis, Affleck’s vivid attention to detail and steady hand do this declassified tale of heroism much justice. Priding itself more on a wrought, infinitely more entertaining final third, Argo manages to eventually come together as an above average true story tale, even if the entire production remains more respectably fully realized than wholly engaging. Full review here.
Love it or hate it, Cloud Atlas is that rare cinematic feat that ultimately falters at the hands of its own ambition, yet remains admirable by way of just how openly it flaunts its purposeful and loving attention to the source novel’s narrative intricacies. A visual feast spanning hundreds of years, six spiritually intertwining vignettes and prominent themes of overcoming oppression and karmic rebirth, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis have tackled this daunting task with poise and vigor to deliver a simply unparalleled cinematic experience. As to be expected, its parts are greater than its whole, but that alone didn’t stop me from marveling at Cloud Atlas‘ frequently jaw-dropping strong suits. Full review here.
Other first-time viewings (in alphabetical order):
The Descent: Part II (Harris, ’09)
Little Shop of Horrors (Oz, ’86)
Total number of films watched (including re-watches): 6