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An aggressively bleak and harrowing film, with its barely contained energy and almost gleeful obliteration of hope and reason, Pitfall brings people's venom, greed, uncertainty and despair to light in an uncompromising way. It is so relentless in its depiction of a decaying society that it seems to take pleasure in terrorizing and breaking its characters. All major characters die and that's not all; some of them are brought back from the dead as ghosts to further their anguish and…
Aydin is a deeply flawed human being. He is condescending, manipulative, phony, he thinks of himself as profound when in fact he is shallow. He mistakes his selfishness for altruism, he expects nothing in return but ardently seeks personal gain or comfort. He finds his encounters with the tenants embarrassing, he avoids them like the plague, yet he doesn't miss a chance to mockingly assert his superiority. He wants to appear modest yet he will accept any words of praise…
Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant) is a performer. He spends a typical work day by going in a limousine from one place to another, where he plays various parts. Make no mistake, these plays seem to take Mr. Oscar's entire time, leaving only a bit of it for a wardrobe change between parts and the occasional meal inside the limousine. It's as if every waking moment of Mr. Oscar's day is a moment that is intended to be part of a…
There's nothing worse than a movie with a high-concept that is afraid to fully embrace the outlandish nature of said concept. The Old Guard is just that, a movie that for the entire runtime displays a maddening skill of tiptoeing around potentially good popcorn material. Given the type of movie this is, one would at the very least expect some good action scenes that make imaginative use of the characters' immortality. Instead we're handed action scenes which are in part…
"I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers." - Jimmy Two Times
"Paulie may have moved slow but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody." - Henry
"Now go home and get your fucking shine box." - Billy Batts
"Here's a wing!" - Tommy
"Why don't you go fuck yourself, Tommy!" - Spider
"Nice!" - Jimmy
"Fucking great, what nice?" - Tommy
"What did you say? Are you being a fucking wise guy with me?…
"Sometimes, to create one must first destroy."
Why do we watch movies? Some would say it's just a way to pass the time. Others would say they watch movies for their entertainment values, the spectacle and escapism they provide. Others would say a good story is the reason. Others would say it's because of the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into putting together a movie, the process through which a movie is created, the work and effort required to bring…