The Hunger Games (2012)

I can’t even begin to say what a great surprise The Hunger Games was. Having recently finished the novel, I had concerns over how the film would adapt the first-person narrative, filled with introspection by the protagonist Katniss Everdeen and flashbacks to earlier in her life. What’s great about the movie: they didn’t try to … Continue reading The Hunger Games (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is unique in that it demands a second viewing, despite being a simple, minimalist narrative built more on nuances and the passage of time than a mind trip piece like Donnie Darko. It starts at a deliberately slow pace, telling of a young man entering high school shy and … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Argo (2012)

Argo is the interesting, if not exceptionally engaging, true story of a CIA operation to recover six American hostages in Iran during the 1980s. While the details of the mission are often surprising and interesting, history is against this film, as we all know today that everything worked out fine. This leads to many scenes … Continue reading Argo (2012)

Life of Pi (2012)

Ang Lee’s latest film Life of Pi is a visually stunning and breathtaking experience. It is one of the few films that, in my opinion, is actually better suited for 3D than boring ol’ 2D, and is perfect to experience in the movie theater rather than Netflixing in a couple months. Pi is so impressive because … Continue reading Life of Pi (2012)

Weekend (1967)

There’s a new Weekend Criterion in town. My town, at least, as I am very slow to rent these movies. Weekend is an explosive and creative work by the famed Jean-Luc Godard, a story of the apocalypse framed in an Alice in Wonderland-esque format. It follows a middle-class couple as they journey among other refugees, … Continue reading Weekend (1967)