Health Care Analyst & Wannabe Critic
🕯️ R.I.P. Kentarō Miura 🕯️
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Sergio Corbucci’s Django is decent. Or better said, it holds its own well enough but you could point to plenty of other Spaghetti Westerns with just as much entertainment value. The biggest drawbacks are its thin narrative, themes, and characters. The English dub did this no favors either (read: it is really, really bad).
I liken this to the Thrash Metal scene. There are certainly many (good) offshoots that followed the Bay Area’s Big Four but one would never mistake…
Effective yet harrowing. Issa López’s direction is strong and manages to capture adept performances from the young actors. Especially impressive considering they had zero acting experience prior to filming.
The implications of the ongoing cartel war were clear. The handling of machismo was certainly more underplayed. Shine’s struggle to find his “manhood” highlights some of the culture issues the country faces. Tigers Are Not Afraid is a cry for a better place in the world and it’s all the better because of it.
Pound-for-pound one of the strongest entries in the long-running franchise. True to form and an incredible homage to the original 1954 picture. The Akira Ifukube rearrangements moved me profoundly. The story and its characters might be that much better. I still have goosebumps.
Not bad for a full-length debut. The team behind Matt Reeves deserve tons of credit. Of note, Robert Elswi (frequent Paul Thomas Anderson collaborator) elevated this with his underplayed camerawork. The color grading was eye-catching if nothing else.
Moreover, Reeves did a nice job of keeping the plot focused on what he was interested in: love, death, and the growing pains of adulthood. I have to give him credit, I was expecting a generic romcom but he approached the material with some nuance. The melancholic atmosphere was memorable. The acting was the worst part of this.