Daniel Parsons (danieljparsons)London, England
Daniel's Recent Reviews
What's so frustrating about In Time is that there's so much potential here that I actually found myself plotting better films whilst I was watching. Time as a currency is a starting point that has many ways to go, yet Andrew Niccol chooses to go via an updating of Robin Hood by way of his own earlier, better film, Gattaca. The first twenty-five minutes, up to the exit of Olivia Wilde's character, are the best, and whilst In Time is never less than watchable, the device of time is never explored as well as it should be and the references that are used are so unsubtle that I found myself a little infuriated by the way everything is spoon-fed and spelled out. Still, there's stuff to enjoy, Justin Timberlake acquits himself well (though Amanda Seyfried is Amanda Seyfried) and the pace doesn't lag.
Disappointingly average revenge thriller with added black comedy. I didn't once believe in any of the situations, the characters reactions, or the writing. Stylish directing aside, it was a bit dull in my opinion (though I seem to be in the minority).
Daniel's Favorite Movies
Much imitated, never bettered horror classic. Polanski ratchets up the tension practically from the beginning and the story cleverly puts doubt in the viewer as to whether Rosemary is right to be paranoid or if she's just delusional (for instance, was the dream real or imagined?). Mia Farrow is inspired casting, giving a pitch-perfect perfomance and using her physicality to great effect (she seems to get paler and more fragile as the movie progresses). Little bit of trivia: Ira Levin, who wrote the book the film is based on, dedicated the sequel, Son of Rosemary (which was also made into an abysmal made-for-TV film) to Mia Farrow.
A beautifully shot film starring a beautiful quartet of friends, one of whom has terminal cancer, making the journey to said dying friend's most favourite place on Earth to spend one last get-together. Sounds horrible perhaps, but this is truly a stunning, moving, hilarious, wonderful film that has been imbedded in my brain since I saw it on a tiny screen in a near-empty theatre. It's a small film with modest aims that absolutely succeeds on numerous levels and is one of the few films I've watched that had me uncontrollably *sobbing*. You can perhaps tell where it is going but every now and then I found myself wrong-footed in surprising ways. The concluding 15 minutes are a genuine tour-de-force in acting, writing and direction as every possible thought that anyone in such a situation would have is verbalised. To elaborate more would be unfair. This little seen and critically ignored/maligned film is worthy of your time and I implore you to seek it out as this talented director and exceptionally talented cast deserve to go on to do more widely recognised work.