What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

It’s quite strange that I would fall for a vampire mocumentary but the disappointing latest episode of the Big Bang Theory made me try something else. I admit the experience was rewarding to say the least. What We Do in the Shadows is stuffed with funny bits throughout. The film deals in the ways the ancient vampires modernize and socialize still trying to hold on to their norms. While horror stories picture them as vicious creatures the film chooses to show that they are afraid of many factors too. I have never felt the urge for watching Twilight but I am pretty sure the theme is same there as well. It’s all about learning to cope with the modern times and co-habitating. If you are like me, you wouldn’t notice or care about that angle in the film but you’ll surely enjoy the hilarious moments.  It’s a very low-budget project with few significant characters though it never seems so. It has its share of gore (it’s a vampire story, come on…) but in a fun way. What We Do in the Shadows has been screened in quite a few film festivals including Berlin, Toronto, Sydney and received positive reviews. Strictly for adults and definitely worth a watch if you are not afraid of vampires. My rating would be 7.5/10.

Survive Style 5+ (2004)

It’s been a while since I watched a Japanese movie. I picked Survive Style 5+ by Gen Sekiguchi. More than a movie it’s a work of Art with vivid colours, surrealism, a lot of humour and a few well-explored characters. The film is based on parallel stories, some of which are intertwined but not necessarily impacting all the other stories. In a broader sense the film asks only one question – What’s your purpose in life? It answers the question at the very end in the best possible way I could imagine. Whether the audience will like Survive Style 5+ or not depends on the individual preferences of the viewers. But it will make everyone laugh for sure. The background music suits the theme of the movie well. My rating would be 8/10.

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl is a complex (and sometimes very twisted) movie on human relationships from acclaimed director David Fincher. David loves playing with the human psychology and takes it to unmatched heights but he doesn’t sacrifice any of the entertainment factor. Who didn’t like Fight Club, Se7en or The Game? Gone Girl is no exception. How does a series of witty challenges thrown by a highly ambitious wife that can take the husband to the gallows sound? Not bad, eh? The movie starts there and takes the audience through a roller coaster of sudden and unthinkable series of events. The logic behind some of them and parts of  the investigation procedure might be questionable but the movie clings to reality most of the time, thanks to the original novel by Gillian Flynn. Rosamund Pike is no longer the going to be killed dumb accomplice in a Bond movie and does justice to the extremely complex character she plays. The narratives from the diary are very well-timed throughout the movie and adds to the thrill. The end leaves a question on what should have been the right thing to do for the tormented husband who can’t even keep his secrets safe. My rating would be 8.5/10. Strictly for adults due to abundance of profanity, nudity and violence.

Predestination (2014)

I am afraid I fell for the word time-travel and watched this movie only to discover I wasted at least half an hour of my life. Predestination heavily copy-pastes elements from many such time-travel movies which try to retroactively abort some past incident that causes misfortune in the future. Add to it multiple personality disorder and sexual complexities. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been so awful had the directors spent less effort in establishing the fact that the protagonist was hell-bent on joining a certain space program. And of course a lot of reduction in the “Not me” prequels. In the end it became the sad story of a loner girl who turns into a male genocidal criminal. It’s all too far fetched and stretched even for a time-travel movie. The end tries to justify things by adding some intellectual flavour in the name of a paradox but you might lose your patience by that time. The original author of the book (Robert Heinlein) probably wanted to mock the time-travel cliché but the directors took all the wrong sub-stories too seriously. The result is a complex ending with a overwhelmingly lengthy and slow beginning. My rating would be 6/10.

Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood is the story of a young kid growing up into a man. Like most films from Richard Linklater, this one has its own speciality in the fact that it has been filmed over 12 years using the same crew. 12 years in 2 hrs 45 minutes feels like a glimpse under Linklater’s direction and despite the words of practical philosophy thrown in occasionally, the film doesn’t bore because of the clever shifts in time. Boyhood will make many of us feel nostalgic because it never leaves the tracks of reality. Coldplay’s music adds to the vibe and it’s a pleasant experience all along. My rating would be 8.5/10.