The Place Beyound The Pines may not be what you thought it might be

Beautiful cinematography by Sean Bobbitt from the start, glued me to the seat. He’s maybe not that famous, but he has done Shame and Hunger for  .

The Place Beyond The Pines

I try to go to cinema without knowing what to expect and I didn’t expect this. But in a good way. And I guess it’s not a surprise as such. But the structure of the film is slightly different from the usual; it’s not Psycho, but still. I did feel it was a bit disjointed though and the film lost some of its momentum halfway, but I didn’t let it bother me too much.

Great performances especially from , , as well as from Emory Cohen and Dane DeHaan and even Ray Liotta in his small role. Not to say Bradley Cooper wasn’t ok, and can’t say what he could’ve done differently, but I like his character more in films like Silver Linings Playbook.

Written and directed by so I might check out Blue Valentine soon.

Oh, and original music by Mike Patton!

Below Savagery score to Oliver Stoned

We’re back, after a long break, time to try reviving these rave reviews… never say never applies to many things. Let’s start with something different to what we usually try… a bad bad film and bad bad review, solely to help you steer clear.

Despite having heard it’s crap and thus knowing what to expect, I ended up watching ‘s Savages.

The general rule should be to only watch good movies and only write reviews of good movies, as time is limited. But as I’ve already wasted my time on this, if I can save anyone else from wasting 141 minutes on this, the review is worth it. It’s shit. Don’t bother. There. Trailer was good though.

Oliver Stone – I don’t think he was even there. Can’t really explain the results any other way.

– supporting role and completely wasted (no pun intended).

–  I didn’t particularly like it, although some might disagree. Definitely not even close to his best.

Salma Hayek – pretty much wasted.

The main cast – who are they anyway?

My favourite quote is not from the movie, it’s from imdb reviews: “… Taylor Kitsch has no charisma. None. The furniture was more interesting than he was, and had more emotional range. …”

Please don’t confuse with The Savages (2007) which is worth seeing. That’s enough, that’s already more words than Savages deserves.