Alright, some background info. I graduated with an accounting and finance degree, I worked in an insurance company’s tax department for 4-5 years and currently work as a contract underwriter. I also actually enjoy reading the business section of the newspaper. So I was very much looking forward to watching Margin Call. My wife, who teaches middle school social studies, was less enthused and was asleep before I even hit play. But I will say, as long as you know and accept what you’re about to watch, it’s a pretty good movie.
Rarely does a movie hit you with almost every emotion. Comedies are funny, dramas are tense and sometimes upsetting, action flicks get your blood racing. Usually filmmakers are not ambitious enough to try and work totally separate emotions throughout the course of a movie. If done poorly, it can make a film almost unwatchable. But if they can pull it off, what usually transpires is an unforgettable experience. Dear Zachary pulls it off magnificently. It is a documentary that makes you laugh, makes you cry, enrages you and inspires you.
In this day and age, there really are very few true mysteries out there. With the click of a mouse, you can basically find the answer to any question you ask. One of the things I love most about documentaries is when a passionate filmmaker chases a storyline that most people know nothing about in search of answers or some form of conclusion. Resurrect Dead is one of the best examples of this that doesn’t involve a murder. It is documentary about a true-life mystery that has gone on for decades.
I physically had to watch this film. I have had a love for Atlas Shrugged since I first picked the book up ten years ago. Since then I try and read it once a year, and have mostly succeeded. If you have been to this site before, you know that I very rarely watch any movie more than once. So reading a 1000 page book over and over again should tell you how much this book means to me. Click here if you are interested in why I love Atlas Shrugged so much.
Hugo was lauded as a grand, whimsical journey helmed by an accomplished, respected, and award-winning director (Martin Scorsese). “Audiences and critics agree, Hugo is the must-see movie of the year!” is something that I heard many, many times, especially when it was getting released on DVD. It swept up big time accolades from the film community for being a dazzling, cinematic accomplishment. And to be fair, it really is exactly that. Sort of. I mean it’s all those things, but it’s also a complete exercise in movie making self masturbation.
Okay, I took a little hiatus from the movie reviews. It’s been an extremely busy month and a half. But I know how much Ryan looks forward to my posts, so I’m trying to get back on that horse as quickly as possible. And for my triumphant return to 47 Reviews, I decided to review Attack the Block, a new horror/alien movie courtesy of the UK team that brought us Shawn of the Dead. Well, part of the team. Producers mostly. Also Nick Frost who plays bumbling drug dealing middle man Ron in the movie. I think he always plays an enjoyable supporting character, as he does in ATB, but he was only a small cog in the team that made this movie work.