1. moviemezzanine:

    REVIEW: If I Stay is an All Too Familiar Entry in the YA Genre

    by Tomris Laffly

    There must be a written rule somewhere that all film adaptations of YA novels have to start with voiceover with muttered wise musings on life by way of introducing the female protagonist to the audience. Wasn’t it just a couple of months ago that another YA novel adaptation, the surprisingly resonant The Fault In Our Stars, arrived on the big screen (making just over $48 million on its opening weekend) with Shailene Woodley reciting voiceover narration?

    You really want to care what Mia will choose to do in the end, but If I Stay’s flattened melodrama and lack of any sort of mystery will make sure that you ultimately don’t. So no, this isn’t the teenage version of metaphysical romances like Ghost or Just Like Heaven. Even when you sense (or hope) the film might eventually build up to some sort of emotional timbre, its austere tone lacks depth and a sense of dependability: the dialogue feels stiff and rehearsed, the sentiments are manufactured, and the plot lines are visibly manipulated to get the story from point A to point B.

    Grade: C-

    Click here to read the rest of Tomris’s review

  2. moviemezzanine:

    10 Memorable Closing Shots

    by Jake Pitre

    There is a particular art to a final shot. Every shot in a film is important — it’s one that didn’t end up on the cutting room floor, so it is inherently significant, though perhaps not extraordinary. Any one of these shots can be truly dazzling in any number of limitless ways. But a film’s final shot requires special consideration. How do you want to leave your audience? How can you summarize what you’ve been trying to say, or should you even try? What do you want people to remember?

    James Gray’s most recent film, this year’s The Immigrant with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, is a great film for many reasons, but it has been rightfully celebrated for its gorgeous, show-stopping closing shot. Without giving it away, one half of the screen is a mirror, the other a window, and there is so much being said in this one brilliant shot. It’s a shot people will remember, as they consider Ewa’s journey going forward, and the fact that hers is one story among many. It’s such a perfect shot that it got me thinking, so here are some of my favorite final shots, excluding some of cinema’s most celebrated ones like those in 2001: A Space OdysseyThe ShiningPsycho, and Casablanca.

    Obviously, some spoilers follow.

    Click here for Jake’s full list.

  3. talkflix:

    Se7en (1995)

  4. movietitlecards:

    Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) // James Gunn

  5. 'Full House' Reboot Planned with Original Cast

    Probably because “Girl Meets World” is such a success, but umm… what’s next? “Step by Step”? Hell naw!

  6. talkflix:

    Star Wars Episode VII (2015)

  7. talkflix:

    Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

    What a good fucking movie.

  8. Ramones Biopic Lands Director Martin Scorsese

  9. movietitlecards:

    Aladdin (1992) // Ron Clements, John Musker