Another Christopher Nolan “masterpiece” under fire…quite literally. The film, “Dunkirk,” which is set on the beaches of the same name, feels like a long, slow, drawn-out disaster film. Perhaps that was the point – it wasn’t a battle that ended well for anybody. The fact troops could only be evacuated in an agonizingly slow and methodical manner was extremely frustrating, and overall the film reeked with despair.
One redeeming scene was the final one – where Tom Hardy’s plane lands on the beach. But overall, it was a disappointing film, with what seemed like repeating scenes and a lack of any real emotion or grit.
Rebel Without a Cause
A supposed classic of 1955, a triumph that has been touted as “ahead of its time” - but believe it or not, this certainly isn’t the consensus on this film! James Dean, who was 24 at the time, portrays a disgruntled youth (his character is supposedly 16), and whilst some audiences agree he played his part well, others thought it childish that a 24-year-old man was throwing teenage tantrums.
When you look at the setting, things are pretty bleak: Jim Stark’s home life is torn to shreds between his melodramatic mother and a father who couldn’t care less.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Apart from the introductions, whereby we find that Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore are our “angels,” the movie doesn’t really get much better. It also seems that women are always chasing after a man, but maybe that’s just Hollywood’s favorite narrative to repeat.
Though we didn’t mind P!nk’s “Feel Good Time,” - it had a pretty fun film clip too! One of our favorite quotes, as seen on Rotten Tomatoes, was, “The movie is constructed not so much of scenes, but of the poses that Charlie's Voguers throw as they preen and pout their way through a series of pop videos.” Now that is very well said.
So they call this one of the greatest love stories of all time..teens across the globe reached for their tissues to recollect themselves whilst on the rollercoaster of the 1940s romance. But if we really look at the film and what it’s about, you may not like what you find. Noah, played by the charming Ryan Gosling, is basically a stalker who finds McAdams’ Allie super pretty and then keeps at it because, you know, persistence pays off.
The film is very unrealistic, particularly in regards to today’s standards of compatibility and what’s preached about ‘falling in love.’ Allie should’ve ended up with Lon - he treated her well, accepted her as she was, and also could take care of her.
The Wizard of Oz
Before you come after us with torches and pitchforks, shaking your fists angrily, just hear us out. "The Wizard of Oz," a fantastical film that follows a young girl, Dorothy, as she’s transported to a place…meets a tin man and a scarecrow, etc., etc.
We will first acknowledge that for its time (it was released in 1939), it was a triumph for technology and what a camera could capture. But is it well written? Is it acted convincingly? Is it directed well? Not really. The transition from black and white to the all-color world was fun, but Garland’s overacting and naïveté is a little much, and please…how does a witch melt with just…water?