[2016 IN FILM]
(Directed by John Hillcoat)
Could have been a new crime thriller classic, given the enormous ensemble of talent, but fell short. Has some very memorable setpieces but the plot felt very confusing and hard to follow. Explores gray areas in the subject not commonly portrayed, but failed to have a great impression on me. The violent events are done in a very realistic manner, but so is the rest of the dialogue and interactions, except done in an unremarkable and dull manner. Would not watch again, would not recommend.
(Directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon)
This film was so obscene and absolutely over the top, that the ridiculousness was just undeniably enjoyable. I simply can't believe something like this not only exists but was released in theatres. Along the non-apologetic racial & religious comedy, some very on the nose themes are explored. Half existential, half bad trip. Gets a bit annoying after a while, yet totally surprised me. Would not watch again, would not recommend.
The Jungle Book
(Directed by Jon Favreau)
A strong take on the original, and has now replaced it for me for the version to best represent the story. One could call this film an animation given that 95% of what is seen on screen is done in a studio. As admirable as that is, it somehow took me out of the experience a bit, despite of the immersing technological marvel. Tells a more modern take on a fable about man's relationship with nature. Would watch again, would recommend.
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