Leaving Las Vegas Review

Leaving Las Vegas is a doomed love story. Anyone who walks into it expecting any redemption is at folly. It has a pessimistic humor and Cage and Shue sizzle together, yet I warn you again, do not watch this movie cornering any sympathy or hope for the characters set to materialize on the screen. There is no salvation for them.

Leaving Las Vegas is about a screenplay writer named Ben who becomes an alcoholic following his divorce, and sells everything he has so as to move to Las Vegas and drink himself to his death. Here, he meets a prostitute named Sera and starts to hire her so that he can have company on his suicidal mission.

Ben and Sera share their loneliness together. There is a sense of emotional detachment so as to foster attachment. Ben here acts as a sort of an ’emotional prostitute’ to Sera. Throughout the movie, Sera is seen in sadist relationships and disturbing sexual experiences and Ben here acts as an antidote to her despondent existence as she acts in his.

Sera here fulfills the role of only a witness to Ben’s last days. He hires her so as to give a meaning to his otherwise meaningless existence and lets her witness his good side. He lets her partake in his existence so that he leaves a mark of sort, that he will at least live on through her memories.

Sera, on the other hand as I mentioned before, uses Ben as an emotional prostitute. Throughout the movie, one sees Sera as being an exceptional dominatrix, and this comes from her confession that she has an unparalleled intuition on her client’s fantasies and how to let them live through them through her. This renders her impuissant to explore her own emotional and sexual identity. She lives it through Ben, satisfying her very own needs. I don’t think there can be anything more despicable than terming these actions as selfish, for every human relationship emanates from these very emotional and physical needs she fights for.

Leaving Las Vegas is a disturbing movie, to say the very least. It captures two characters who love each other in the midst of all hate and spite circling them. It brought me to tears and I am sure the same emotions I felt while watching it will mimeograph themselves if you do so too. However, I am also pretty sure, I won’t ever be able to watch it again. It drains you emotionally like no movie does.

RATING : 8. 5 / 10

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Se7en Review – David Fincher Series

David Fincher’s Se7en is about Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) who is in the last days of his career. He is unsure about the new detective who has been brought in to replace him, Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt). But, Somerset is forced into reconsidering his retirement when he encounters his final case : a serial killer killing random people using Seven Deadly Sins as his modus operandi.

I am kickstarting my David Fincher series with my second favourite David Fincher movie, which is second only because it leaves you completely drained. If you are in for a David Fincher marathon, I would recommend watching Se7en the last. Se7en is a very tense psychological thriller. But fortunately, it never refrains from being a commercial fare. Brad Pitt is perfect in this movie. He really deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance. Morgan Freeman deserved a Best Actor nomination for his role. Morgan Freeman is so subtle, so controlled in such chaos. And that is not a vice, for it is because of his time in the city.

The natural chemistry between Pitt and Freeman is the life of the movie. Pitt as the new rookie and Freeman as the experienced detective goes like bread and butter in this case. Se7en, along with The Silence of the Lambs, are the only movies I think that qualify both as a thriller and horror in equal proportions. When you are watching Se7en, you will be literally chewing your fingers because the nails will be on the floor once you see that Victor scene.

The dialogues of Se7en are one of the best is cinema. The way it keeps you engaged ! You may expect a cat and mouse chase throughout the movie when you begin with Se7en, but it gradually transcends into a moody, dull, chilling and deeply disturbing Before Sunrise. The movie constitutes of conversations between Pitt, Morgan and Paltrow in its running time and the conversations are witty and philosophical. We see the sort of father-son relationship of Pitt and Freeman coming into inception within these conversations. The initial rivalry between Pitt and Morgan’s characters develops into a father son relationship. This is well apparent when Somerset is about to call Mills a ‘son-of-a-bitch’ but stops at ‘son-of-a..’ because he has begun considering himself his father. A father who cares deeply about his son and won’t let any harm befall on him.

Se7en is a deeply philosophical and stark realistic movie as well. The city where these events are set into motion is the most horrible place on Earth. It never stops raining there. Se7en is shot very intelligently. Fincher lets us hear the crowds shouting at night and disturbing Somerset’s sleep. We are given grim words and some scenes of the city where we are given glimpses of the horror unleashed. It is the evil of the world put into a single place, which also happens to be the place where our protagonists resides. There is a saying ‘One rotten tomatoes in a basket spoil all the good ones’. That is what has happened here as well. Our serial killer is actually a good individual who is driven to the point of insanity by the evil happening around him and himself turns to the evil when he decides to take a stand against the evil. It is about the thin line existing between good and evil and about the individuals caught in the middle and also puts forth a question ‘Who decides what is evil ? ‘

The cinematography is in tone with the flick. There is a visually arresting scene in a library where Morgan Freeman is standing with green study lamps all around him. The scenes in the city are darkly lit signifying the evil prevailing in the city while the scenes where our protagonists receive clues and the scenes in the library are well lit, signifying that knowledge is the only factor which can lead a horrendous society to goodness.

The score by Howard Shore is mortifying and is a proof that he can adjust to every genre, and is as good as his score of Lord Of The Rings. There are many people who said the ending sucks. Well, they didn’t muster up enough concentration while watching Se7en because in a scene Somerset warns Mills about the case beforehand by saying ‘You know, this case is not going to have a happy ending.

Se7en is a thrilling and dark venture into the world of psychological thrillers and has superb performances, a brilliant script and stupendous cinematography and a nerve-wracking score, and is a benchmark in its genre and is one of David Fincher’s greatest works.

 Rating : 9.4 / 10

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Before Sunrise Reviewed & Analyzed

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                            I like to feel his eyes on me when I look awayCeline

Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is about Celine (Julie Delpy) who is on a train to Paris on which she meets Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and after Jesse strikes up a conversation with Celine, they find they have sort of connection with each other. Jesse has decided to get off at Vienna and catch a flight next morning. So he urges Celine to get off with him at Vienna and spend a day just talking, and surprisingly Celine obliges. So, Jesse and Celine just wander around in Vienna discussing about love while trying to come in terms with the obvious spark between them.

Ethan Hawke is brilliant. The way he conducts himself around this movie is superb. If you have watched the movie, you may remember the scene in which Jesse urges Celine to roam around and talk in Vienna for a day. There was more than dialogue to it. Instead of asking Celine in the predicted way which is keep on requesting, he just gets up and points repeatedly at the door. That was a moment of utter brilliance. Julie Delpy is phenomenal in this movie. The way she asserts her dialogues is just fascinating. A low, sweet voice yet commanding. And in many movies, when a character has a foreign accent, the narrative keeps on using it to make hilarious moments. There were only two or three mentions of Celine’s accent and the rest of the time, the narrative impressively downplayed it.

I watched this movie the previous Saturday and honest to god, I didn’t sleep a bit. My style of forming a review is that when I am in a cinema hall, I just write down the points at the intermission and at the end and then elaborate on them. When I am watching it on DVD or television I take down the points at an interval of 45 minutes. And the time I was finished with Before Sunrise, I had a page full of points. Then i went to sleep. But I kept on thinking about this movie and had a new point every 15 minutes or so. I had went to sleep at 1 am but I finally slept at 4 am.

Such is the brilliance of this flick. This review is going to be very long because it wouldn’t be justice to this review and the movie if I don’t analyze this movie deeply. And don’t worry, it is spoiler free.

This film is not for everyone. It is basically just two people walking around Vienna and presenting their ideologies about love and life. They also meet certain characters which also present them with a new perspective. The movie is basically just two people just talking to each other for 101 minutes. But there isn’t a second where I was bored by either Celine nor Jesse. I should have wrote this review a lot earlier, but I gave it the one week test. So, what you do is you watch a movie and if you have liked it, try to picture the characters in the movie after a week, and if you can do that, it means the characters have stayed with you. I did it with Celine and Jesse and their image came into my mind as clear as if they were still in motion on my computer screen.

This movie would have been a huge failure if it had only been Linklater as the screenplay writer. There would have been a moment where Celine would have been downplayed. Linklater and Kim Krizan have bestowed their thoughts and ideologies into two characters. The ideologies of both Celine and Jesse are poles apart. But, that’s what makes them a perfect match. An ideologies is contradicted by the other one which is contradicted by the other one and so on.

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The chemistry between the leads is so pure. I think one of the most definitive and unsung moments of this movie is when Jesse and Celine get on a train and Jesse tries to move Celine’s hair near her ears and Celine just obstructs his hand and does it herself. It is a blink and miss moment which many haven’t noticed at all. But that was the inception of their relationship actually. From not letting Jesse touch even her air, Celine lets down the guard, takes Jesse’s hand and puts it around her. That was where the romance blossomed I think.

There are different ideologies presented in Before Sunrise that I would like to discuss about. Once was when Jesse says that although people say they actually save time by using technology, nobody ever uses that acquired time. I love movies which challenge my own beliefs. Once other ideology of Jesse was that reincarnation is not real. I was of the belief that reincarnation is real but the logic Jesse puts forth has changed my whole perspective about that topic. Another was that everything we do is a way to be loved little more. That’s right, don’t you think ? I study because I want to be loved more by parents, I write this reviews because I want to be loved by the cinema going audience and I do my homework to be loved by my teachers. It all adds up, doesn’t it ?

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Then there is a scene in the movie where Jesse and Celine go to a record store and listen to a single at the listening booth. That scene I think is the most intimate scene I have seen in all the movies that I have watched. So, when Jesse looks at Celine she turns her head away and when Celine looks at Jesse, he turns his head away and when none of them are looking at each other, they have a smirk on their faces. Then there is another scene in which Jesse and Celine fake call each other at a restaurant and Celine says ‘ I like to feel his eyes on me when I am looking away’. That is the only uniting factor between these stark different personalities, that they both like to feel each other’s eyes on them when they are looking away. That was the building block of their relationship I guess.

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Fake phone call scene ! Jesse and Celine confess to each other everything that they felt about each other from the first time they met on that train. It is a definitive moment in the movie because for the past 50 minutes we had been hearing their thoughts, not feelings. The movie would have been sort of incomplete without that scene.

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I think one of the reason this movie feels so otherworldly, special or romantic is that this romance was officially never meant to happen. Jesse was to get off a Vienna and Celine at Paris. They would have never even talked if it wasn’t for that fighting couple. That’s destiny as we know it.

Also, the movie explores finite relationships. The ones that explored finite relationships are (500)Days of Summer, Up in the Air and Annie Hall. So you know how awesome this one’s gonna be as well. (Annie Hall wasn’t that great) It just shows that relationships don’t have to be in motion till the end. They can last a very short time and yet leave an unexpected impact on an individual’s life. Everything Celine and Jesse believed in was challenged in a day. Before Sunrise is like a debate. It doesn’t have a final verdict on which side was more satisfying. That is left to us, the audience.

The most philosophical among the ideas put forth was when Jesse said he hated himself. That is so true ! I hate myself. I hate that I don’t go out and socialize. I hate that I can’t strike up a conversation. I hate that I can’t pick up fights. My body is a cage in itself. Real freedom is when we can break from the shackles of our own personality. When we do the things we could have never done before. You know how you are gonna react to every situation which appears in front of you. If somebody picked up a fight with me, I will just defend myself and complain to the class teacher. But there is always this desire, that I just break the guy’s nose. There is freedom within us, it is just hard to unleash it from our self-created shackles.

The cinematographer is a genius. Has anybody noticed that the scene in which Celine walks towards her compartment is exactly the same ? The most thoughtful shot of the movie was the one in the climax where all the locations that Celine and Jesse visited are shown one by one. They look so quiet, so uninteresting. That was the message of the movie, I think. That it is the love that exists between people that makes the earth so beautiful not its own beauty. Like Celine said, it is the magic in the space between her and Jesse that was so special. We are mesmerized by the beauty of Vienna only when we have someone to share with, in this case Jesse and Celine. Without them, it is just a place.

Another thing that made this movie so special and easy in nature despite is high philosophy was that for every ideology put forth by Jesse or Celine they gave a real life example to prove it. The philosophy was made relatable by bestowing the ideology into the lives of various characters. Sandra Adair is one of my favourite editors and this is why. You are watching a 110 minutes movie and still after watching it you feel as tired as if you were roaming around Vienna with Jesse and Celine. It never feels that we missed out one something, which has always been a problem with movies with a short running time.

The only thing that troubled me about the movie was it almost nil use of score. But, I think it was done purposely so that the audience don’t have any sort of distractions or experience inaudibility while listening to this conversation.

Before Sunrise is thoughtful, witty and unconventional in its nature. The lead performances by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are mesmerizing and the way the various ideologies are presented and debated upon are so lively that we don’t mind watching two souls wander in Vienna and just …..talk. This Richard Linklater classic is undoubtedly one of the greatest celebrations of love ever captured on screen and is a must watch.

Rating : 9.5 / 10

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