November 3, 2012
Manhattan (1979)

IMDB Synopsis: A divorced New Yorker currently dating a high-schooler brings himself to look for love in the mistress of his best friend instead.

I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Ok, let me just point out like the one problem people might have a concern with: yes, the music cuts off abruptly. Get over it. 

OK, onto why I love Manhattan. I love Woody Allen, I completely adore him. He’s probably one of my favorite filmmakers. I love the clever comedy in this; you really can’t be dumb to watch this movie, it’s very, very fast. I love Diane Keaton in this! And Mariel Hemmingway! I mean the both give amazing performances! Mariel Hemmingway played the 17 year old girlfriend of Isaac, Woody Allen’s character. The cinematography of Manhattan is my favorite of a movie of all time. It’s filmed in black and white on a widescreen, and it’s so beautiful I cried the first time I saw it. There’s this one really lovely scene when Diane Keaton and Woody Allen are sitting on a bench, looking at the sun come up over a bridge, and it’s so amazing words cannot describe how in love I am with that scene. I really hated the fact Woody Allen hated this movie, because I love it so much. I think it’s one of the most beautifully done movies of all time, maybe the story gets a little predictable, but I adore this film anyways. If it’s not your first Woody film, then watch it. However, if you haven’t popped your Woody Allen cherry yet, start with something else, then make your way to this because it is a little more artsy than his other films. But! I suggest that at one point or another, everyone should watch this movie!

Rate 10/10

July 18, 2012
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

IMDB Synopsis:

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.

I remember taking my younger siblings to see this movie in theaters and crying because of laughter. I adore Wes Anderson films (I’ve seen them all, no joke.) His directing/writing skills are tremendously witty and lovely. Almost like Woody Allen, he takes on serious matters in a lighthearted way, but still makes a point. Mr. Fox was voiced by George Clooney, who did a lovely job of convincing the audience that he was, as clever as a fox. Anderson’s other friends were casted as voices in the movies, like Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Anderson’s brother Eric Anderson. This was Anderson’s first stop motion animation film, and it had a combination of textures and 2D settings that involve such incredible detail, the animators for this film did such a spectacular job. The film is vastly underappreciated in mainstream film today, in my humble opinion. I highly suggest Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as any other Wes Anderson film! If you have any questions about his filmography, feel free to ask me!

Rate 10/10