Tag Archives: Jesse Eisenberg

The Squid and the Whale (2005)

15 Jun

The Squid and the Whale is the third film from writer/director Noah Baumbach, who has mostly been known for his collaborations with fellow filmmaker Wes Anderson.  Like Anderson’s films, The Squid and the Whale is a dark comedy of sorts but one with a truly unique and cynical outlook on divorce, sexuality and family life.  What makes this film so great is the superb writing.  The characters are multilayerd and complex, brought to life by an amazing cast (Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Laura Linney, Owen Kline, William Baldwin and Anna Paquin), and the story is rich and engaging. The film’s unique style, production design and soundtrack creates a vivid image of a moving New York during the 1980’s and the editing is fast paced, which constantly keeps the audience on-edge.

The way this film builds tension is incredible. What starts out as a seemingly simple premise quickly escalates into an unpredictable and deeply-moving drama that reaches an emotionally human core.  I was surprised at how much I laughed during this movie considering how terribly depressing it really is. The film is also loaded with carefully-placed subtleties that give new insights into the characters, making repeated viewings a must.  Independent film really doesn’t get much better than this.

 

rating 9/10

Similar to: Synecdoche New York, Blue Valentine, Happiness

Now You See Me (2013)

2 Jun

Like any good magic trick, Now You See Me takes things one step at a time, building interests and expectations until the final reveal. The film starts with three twenty-somethings and Woody Harrelson robbing millions from a bank and outsmarting our nations FBI by playing magic tricks. Sounds campy right? What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between the magicians, Mark Ruffalo, and a mysterious third party lead by Morgan Freeman. Sure, it’s as outrageous as it’s premise may seem, but it’s a fun movie and I was kept well-entertained. Also worth mentioning is the outstanding cast who fill the movie with an overflow of witty banter and coolness – by now, what else can we expect from Jesse Eisenberg in a tux?

6/10 stars

similar to: The PrestigeThe Italian JobOceans Eleven,