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)

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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.

5 Factors in Rating a Movie

I’ve been trying to figure out an easy way to rate movies after I see them. How to quickly convey to anyone reading my review what I thought about the movie and if they would enjoy it as well. I will fine-tune this system as I go along.

5 Factors In Movie Review

  1. Entertainment – Was it entertaining?
    1. 0 – I turned it off or wanted to leave.
    2. .5 – Sometimes I was engaged, sometimes I wanted to turn it off.
    3. 1 – I was entertained thoroughly.
  2. Story – Does it make sense? Was it interesting?
    1. 0 – Confusing, it’s a mess.  I probably didn’t finish if it was this bad. Doesn’t make logical sense.
    2. .5 – Good, but a little messy.  Mostly good, but with a few holes/problems.
    3. 1 – Great story.  I was entranced the entire time.
  3. Acting – Do I see actors or do I see characters?
    1. 0 – Horrible, Wooden, Awful.
    2. .5 – Some were okay, Some were decent.
    3. 1 – Great acting. I saw characters and not actors.
  4. Cinematography – Technique & Visual.
    1. 0 – Awful, Confusing, Bad.
    2. .5 – Serviceable, Good, Enjoyable.
    3. 1 – Amazing. Beautifully shot with amazing technique and scenery.
  5. Editing & Direction – Does the movie flow? Was the scope pulled off?
    1. 0 – Bad cuts, Messy, No Direction.
    2. .5 – Serviceable, I understand what’s going on and where it’s going.
    3. 1 – I got lost in the movie, it flowed perfectly and I was never jarred out of it.