A sweaty, explosive riot of light and fluid motion, Damien Chazelle's "Babylon" pulses with a dirty, exhilarating electricity as it blends Hollywood legend, Hollywood history, and Hollywood celebration into one rousing epic. Chazelle writs it all large on his screen, as his whirlpool of a prestige picture sucks wit, literary energy, and movie myth into its dangerous maw. Layered, eye-popping, and, at times, human, the film is a thing with which to be reckoned. It is a thing to behold.
A straightforward science fiction throwback that finds a semi-lone spaceman marooned on a dangerous planet, "65" appeals easily. Starring Adam Driver as said spaceman, Scott Beck and Bryan Woods' space adventure combines excitement and humanity for something fun and sturdily emotional. The film moves quickly and is served well by its small cast, worthy production, and thrills. All of it combines for a solid and satisfying genre outing.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 2023
Solid but not emotionally spectacular, Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" entertains while dealing with a certain lack of personality. The superhero action outing finds its characters journeying to a realm of weird and unleashing the Marvel Cinematic Universe's next big bad. Narratively, the work feels routine; while the production, as splashy as it is, never sets out to put funny, romantic, or moving humanity under its lens. Still, the work provides an engaging and outsized ride as its deals with miniscule characters and worlds.
"Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.
A Clockwork Orange 1971
An audacious blend of imagery and allegory, Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" is a film that may take multiple viewings to fully appreciate. On first viewing, however, the film bursts with colors, shapes, and a searing observation of the battle between youth culture and adult stolidity. Kubrick's film, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, is a striking and layered piece of work.
The plot of "A Clockwork Orange" revolves around Malcolm McDowell's Alex, the quintessential hooligan concerned with all…