Son of Saul (2015)

Son of a… Hungarian movies and I just don’t get along. At least this movie wasn’t a hundred hours long, but I’m getting a little tired of Holocaust movies. Schindler’s List is impossible to beat and this movie just copied the over-the-shoulder camera angle from Birdman. I was glad that you could tell horrible things were happening but you didn’t have to see them up close and personal like a Saw movie would do. The acting from Géza Röhrig was excellent, but that’s about all the glowing review I can give this film. It was cramped and depressing like a concentration camp… which maybe was the movie’s point. I just got done watching the movie Irrational Man before this and I must say, that title fits this movie a lot better. Saul is just incredibly irrational through the whole film, then again he was a Sondarkommando so that isn’t a very rational choice either. I’d pass on this one, unless you just love the movie Birdman, then maybe you’ll find this one interesting too.

33/100

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Birdman (2014)

Here’s the final word on the bird… I thought this movie was cool, but just not great. I thought the acting by Keaton and Norton was fantastic. I think they could have given a bigger part to Watts and Riseborough. Zach Galifianakis was hardly recognizable because he looked so skinny (oh and he also was good in this). I think that this wasn’t Emma Stone’s best movie, but I’m glad she’s starting to do more noteworthy projects. The director of this has an off and on good and bad relationship with me. This wasn’t his worst or best film though. I think that the pace of the film was too frantic and there was a little too much dialogue, it started to make me tired and I wanted to stop listening to potentially good lines. I also think the ending left me wanting more, I never understood whether Keaton had powers or was just crazy. It was a very interesting backstage look at the egos of Broadway. It definitely had some entertainment but it wasn’t a home run film for me. I would still check it out if you like movies that march to the beat of their own drum.

84/100

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