Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Take Shelter

In 2007, newcomer Jeff Nichols directed his powerful debut film Shotgun Stories. The film stars Michael Shannon and focuses on two separate groups of half-brothers who are at a grudgingly brutal war with one another, despite the fact that they all share the same father. The film focuses on several powerful themes, mainly the senselessness of violence and revenge, and how it can only end in tragedy. The film received much critical acclaim, and yet it still remains relatively unknown to mass audiences to this day.

The Adventures of Tintin

Lots of people might argue that legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has lost his touch as an artist as of late, having not crafted a film to completely woo audiences since 2003, the year both Catch Me if You Can and Minority Report were released. His works since then, like MunichWar of the WorldsIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,  and even his most recent film, War Horse, have all been criticized for failing to capture the same magic of hisRaiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. days. While this certainly open for debate (Munich is an exceptionally well-made film), it is difficult to have lost faith in Spielberg with his new adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin.