Review: Fury (2014, David Ayer)

In one end of the cinematic spectrum, we have people who look down on Steven Spielberg for being over sentimental and generally schmaltzy. I am not one of those people. Unlike David Ayer’s Fury, Spielberg always has a general plot to keep characters and the narrative moving. When comparing this new release to one of Spielberg’s Oscar…

Review: Whiplash (2014, Damien Chazelle)

What makes a movie work? Not a lot, actually. First of all, you don’t need to have perfect acting, direction or writing to make a film work. All you need is a certain air of magic for a film to be special. For Whiplash, this is not the case. Whiplash doesn’t only have the magic that is reminiscent of…

Upcoming on the blog. Chinomatography’s tentative calendar.

Greetings! Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr., say hello. That’s a still from 2007’s Zodiac, as a little tease for my RETROSPECTIVE for that particular year, which I’ll be finished with tomorrow. Right after this post, I’ll be seeing my last two films to complete that particular year and those two are The Diving Bell and the…

Review: Maps to the Stars (2014, David Cronenberg)

David Cronenberg has always been one of those “great” directors who has never really done it for me. But admittedly, I’ve seen such a limited portion of his filmography that I never really wanted to judge him because I’ve had no grounds to do so. However, it was hard trying to get into Maps to the…

Review: Gone Girl (2014, David Fincher)

Sitting in the theatre, waiting for one of your most anticipated films of the year makes your stomach turn. It did more to me, by making me want to vomit. There’s an air about every David Fincher movie that comes out in theatres that makes me sick because of my high expectations. Fincher’s weird casting…