As with most of The Chairman’s Views, The Chairman is always right and let’s not start questioning the order of things…
ARRIVAL (2016) – My standout movie for 2016, this non-linear alien invasion think piece which left a lasting impression. The direction and story structure will draw you in with great performances, beautiful cinematography and a haunting score (by Jonas Johansen) and the M. Night-level twist absolutely blew my mind. Its Best Picture nomination was truly well deserved. Amy Adams is a strong female lead, something far too rare in the industry today. She comes off as natural not forced to fit a narrative.
Big Screen Hooligans Review: https://bigscreenhooligans.com/2016/11/10/arrival-read-between-the-lines/
SICARIO (2015) –The Benecio Del Toro comeback story! A revenge film disguised as a drug cartel – law enforcement movie. Sicario is the reason I’m in love with the cinematography of Roger Deakins. Denis has uncanny ability to build a sense of dread onscreen. You can’t predict how a character will react, with the eventual reaction surprising you completely. Josh Brolin has a standout performance here, the good guy willing to break the rules to get the job done. Emily Blunt seemingly playing a younger version of Brolin’s Matt, who still believes that the system works if you play inside the boundaries of the law.
Big Screen Hooligan Review: https://bigscreenhooligans.com/2015/10/30/sicario-be-the-hunter-not-the-hunted/
ENEMY (2013) – Probably the least known of Denis’s Hollywood releases, Enemy is a film about a man with a deep psychological problem. The audience, however, doesn’t know if what they’re seeing is real. The ending is a twist, but is vague. The vagueness of the ending could also be its biggest weakness as the movie ends without resolution and on a question.
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