Still The Water, 2014

Still The Water, 2014

Still The Water, 2014

Futatsume No Mado (Still The Water)
Directed by Naomi Kawase
2014

After all the things that have been happening to me personally, I have been avoiding films about death on purpose.  They depress me.  I love them still if they are any good.  But I get depressed.  But for the case of Kawase’s latest masterwork, i was not sad at all.  There was something optimistic about how the story was told.

It was poetic, gorgeous and just engrossing.  The pacing was glacial, but that did not hinder the movie at all, in fact the movie benefited from its lingering sequences.  That scene with the mother lying down trying to muster the strength to just smile and move her hand while the people around her, her family, were dancing and singing gave me chills and almost brought me to tears.

I am not familiar with any of Kawase’s previous works, but for sure, I will be looking out for her other works and her works to come.  The film was beautiful and the first true masterpiece of the year.  A+

Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla, 2014

Godzilla, 2014

Godzilla
Directed by Gareth Edwards
2014

Methinks and mefeels that the summer blockbusters that came our are somewhat stepping up their game.  One of those summer extravaganza films that I liked, even loved was “Godzilla”.

I loved how Edwards opted to hide them monsters and show them at critical moments.  It made their appearances all the more exciting and memorable.  That climactic final battle was awesome and brought the inner kid in me.  Not that I am that old.  Mind you.  Anyway.  I also liked that the film was mostly from the points of view of the people.  It perfectly captured the horrors of actually having them humongous monsters fighting and wrecking havoc wherever they pass.

It is also worth noting that the film was quite a technical achievement aurally and visually.  The visual effects were top notch, and it was an aural masterwork.  And can I just say that Bryan Cranston deserves  bigger roles?  He was just great!  I wish that the film would just be about him.

If there are some negative points it would have to be that the major actors specifically Aaron Johnson felt lacking.  It also is weird that only bad things however thrilling they may be, happen to the protagonist and wherever he is heading.  Weird.  Nevertheless, I still loved it and would want to see it again.  B+