Inherent Vice (2014) – Movie Review

Inherent Vice

Movie Review by Daniel Godin (DanielGodin.ORG) – Watched 5/20/19.

Inherent Vice, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is the story of a private investigator with a predaliction for drugs who is trying to find his missing ex-girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles.  This is a great movie, highly recommended.

  • Entertainment – .5/1
    • Sometimes this movie can be a bit slow and meandering, but overall I was intrigued and highly interested in what was going on.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Good story with some twists and turns.  This one will throw you for a loop, a drug crazed loop.  Enjoyed it quite a bit.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Phoenix is masterful in this.  Everyone was so good. The big long scene with Shasta was powerful and intense. Josh Brolin was excellent as Big Foot. WOW!
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • One of my favorites I’ve seen.  The framing was spot on and beautiful.  Great leading lines and imagery with long cuts and masterful camera work.
  • Directing & Editing – 1/1
    • Yes, YES.  This is how it’s done.  A complicated set up done very well.  Everything in this movie was just great.

Final Score – 4.5/5 (Highly Recommended)

IMDb Link

Aliens (1986) Movie Review

Aliens is the sequel to the 1979 movie Alien. It picks up some 40+ years after and has a completely different feeling than the first. It’s really not a Sci-Fi Thriller/Horror like the first movie and much more of an action movie. The Aliens in this movie are so amazing with some of the best practical effects in history.

4.5/5 – Highly Recommended (Must watch for Sci-Fi & Action Fans)

  • Entertainment – 1/1
    • Edge-of-your-seat entertainment. One of the best action flicks I’ve ever seen. It does not exhaust you like a lot of modern movies.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Great story, especially with the backstory of the first movie. All characters do what you’d think they would do and everything makes sense.
  • Acting – .5/1
    • Ripley was fantastic, but some of the grunts were laughable. Probably intentional, but over the top and hokey. The child in the movie was quite good as well.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Excellent with beautiful shots of practical effects. Camera work was on point and I loved how everything looked. Very gritty and “other worldly”.
  • Editing & Direction – 1/1
    • Well done James Cameron. You made a slow sci-fi thriller into a fast paced entertaining ride. Really striking fear into my heart about these aliens. Great editing and continuation.

Roma (2018) – Movie Review

Roma is the story of a live-in maid named Cleo living in Mexico in 1970. It goes through her day to day and the family she supports. It’s beautifully shot with a real-life feel all the way through. Movie is in Spanish, but subtitles were easy to understand and follow along.

  • Entertainment – .5/1
    • Roma is a slow moving movie that sometimes feels boring. I was entertained the whole time, but there were a few parts that I started to doze off at.
  • Story – 1/1
    • Excellent story that made me care so much about the characters. I become so invested in these characters I nearly cried at one point.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Excellent job by everyone. The movie was in Spanish, but I understood body language and tone.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Beautiful. Using long shots and old school techniques this movie was visually beautiful. It did pull me out of the movie quite a few times, especially the long circle shots, but I was appreciative about its long cuts and real feel to them.
  • Editing & Direction – 1/1
    • This is an art movie. It felt like an art movie. Everything went together perfectly, from set to camera to story. It all melded into one beautiful story on film.

4.5/5 – Must see movie.

Movie Review – No Country for Old Men

I finally got around to watching this movie and it was fantastic. I’ve never seen a villain quite like Javier Bardem portrayed. A well deserved Oscar win for him and for Best Picture.

The movie is about a man who finds a briefcase full of money at a drug-deal gone bad. Everyone is dead, so he decides to take the money. Imagine the most terrifying person trying to find that money and you’ve got this movie. It’s a must-watch.

  • Entertainment – 1/1
    • The suspense was perfect, my eyes were glued to the screen and I couldn’t stop watching.
  • Story – 1/1
    • A simple, yet intriguing story. It’s easy to follow, but the characters are well developed.
  • Acting – 1/1
    • Excellent performance by Javier Bardem, with Josh Brolin doing a great job as well. All supporting characters were fantastic.
  • Cinematography – 1/1
    • Beautifully shot. I really felt like I was out in desert/hills with these characters. The sets and costumes were fantastic as well.
  • Editing & Direction – 1/1
    • Very smooth transitions, I never noticed the cuts they were just perfect. Excellent direction all around, not a single thing that I can criticize. Pacing was excellent.

A perfect 5/5 score. A “must-watch” movie. IMDb Link.