Quick Reviews: American Psycho, Reservoir Dogs, Se7en, and Frances Ha

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I’ve never made a post like this and (depending on how this one goes over), I may not again. Buuuuttt here we are. Currently,  don’t have the time do write an in-depth post on every film I watch. I also don’t write reviews all that often, because a good number of the films I have been watching lately have been out for years (or even decades).

So, I thought I’d try a post where I simply fill my lovely readers (that’s you!) in on some of the films I’ve watched lately that I haven’t posted about.

American Psycho (2000)
Watched on Aug 23

Perhaps it’s because I had high expectations for American Psycho going into it, but I was not as thoroughly impressed by the film as I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, the film certainly has its high points, but at the end, I couldn’t shake the feeling that much like Patrick Bateman, American Psycho is more surface than substance. Perhaps I wanted the cutting satire to go even further . . . perhaps I was thrown by the ending. . . but something felt lacking.

Which is not to say that I don’t appreciate the film. I did for the most part, enjoy it. My favorite thing about American Psycho is certainly it’s sense of humor. Those moments in the film that manage to be dark, damning, and hilarious all at once are definitely the ones that stand out to me. And, of course, Bale’s performance is also impressive. Like the film itself, he manages to be disturbing, terrifying, and comedic all at once. Even if American Psycho doesn’t join my life of personal favorites, it’s not hard to see why it has such a cult following.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Watched on Aug 27
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Yay I finally watched Reservoir Dogs! As everyone already knows, this film is real treat.

The dialogue in the film is great; few write a conversation like Tarantino. The film is bloody and grim, but is so enjoyable that it’s easy to forget that at times. It has a sick sense of humor that puts a smile on your face and a sense of disturbing disquiet in your mind. It’s fucking fantastic. As is the dynamic between Mr. White and Mr. Orange.

Reservoir Dogs is undeniably stylish. Sometimes, it feels like Tarantino is just throwing things he’s been dying to try at a wall and doesn’t really care how much of it sticks. But it makes for a fun ride all the same. Also, I can’t help but be attracted to the idea of a crime film in which the crime isn’t actually shown.

The film’s gut-wrenching ending is emotional, pulpy, and wonderfully Shakespearean. In fact, after Reservoir Dogs, I couldn’t help but wonder if Tarantino read Hamlet, thought it would have been more tragic (and entertaining) if Hamlet and Laertes had had a secret romance, and then wrote himself a film. (I know this may sound silly, but it’s my story, and I am sticking to it).

Se7en (1995)
Watched on Sep 09

The first Fincher film I saw was The Social Network (that’s embarrassing to say, but it’s true . . . Similarly, my first Tarantino film was Django Unchained omggg). Slowly, but surely, I am making my way through his filmography.

I thoroughly enjoyed Se7en. It’s dark, it’s brooding, it’s tense, it’s gripping, and it’s disturbing. The film is moody, it’s pessimism is palpable, and it’s negativity is justified. In many ways, it’s everything one might want from a Fincher film. It’s a fascinating character study and a misanthropic ode to the faults humanity. I can certainly dig it. That said, it’s not my favorite work from the director; for me, Zodiac is a creepier and more impactful film, though I probably couldn’t say why if you asked me to.

Kevin Spacey and Brad Pitt (but mostly Kevin Spacey) give the film’s strongest performances. Freeman falls a tad flatter than I would have liked. Though in many ways a formulaic murder mystery, Se7en deviates from that formula just enough to keep things interesting. Moreover, Se7en‘s final half hour offers one of the most riveting sequences I have ever seen.

Frances Ha (2012)
Watched on Sep 19
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To be honest, this might actually be my favorite film on this list (forgive me, Tarantino, for I have sinned). Would it make sense to say that I think Reservoir Dogs is a better film, but that I feel a stronger personal connection to Frances Ha, and will probably rewatch the latter more often? 

So yeah, Frances Ha. . . it’s a lovely little film. It will annoy some viewers, it will leave some bored, but others (like me) will be utterly charmed by it. Greta Gerwig shines in the film which is both clever and heartfelt. I suppose this offering by Baumbach is largely a comedy, but it’s the bittersweet sometimes rather sad kind (which is fine with me).

Frances Ha does a great job of capturing the dilemma and the particular challenges of life as an educated (but aimless) millennial. The film is also a delightful character study, and Frances is a fantastically well realized heroine that it’s hard not to fall in love with (even if you want to give her a good shake from time to time).

That’s all for now. 

Thanks so much for reading. My next post like this (if there is one) will probably include The Lego MovieThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonFlame and Citron, and something else still to be determined. Get stoked!

Want to recommend a movie to me? Have a suggestion for a future post? Leave a comment to let me know. 😀

P.S. If Birdman doesn’t get a wide release soon, I may lose my shit. I WANT TO SEE IT.

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