Kill Your Darlings, Whiplash and Big Hero 6

Three films that completely changed the way I see the world.

I’ll start with Kill Your Darlings.

This film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan and Michael C. Hall from Dexter fame, shows three literary geniuses, attempting to path their way to greatness, until they become involved in a murder.

I feel like this film reads a lot like a poem – some parts are clear, some parts are metaphors or similes and all is open to your own interpretation. Of course, those with little patience to the art of poetry or literature will find this movie wishy-washy plot wise, but I feel like if you watch this, you should watch it for Dane Dehaan. After seeing him in Chronicle, I saw how good he really was. He is a brilliant actor, and while my initial instinct was to assume that Daniel Radcliffe would be the star of this film, Dane Dehaan was really the one who stole the show. Radcliffe was good, don’t get me wrong, but he was slightly overshadowed by Dehaan. He was absolutely fantastic.

Also, dat kiss tho.

Okay, on to the next one. Whiplash.

Ladies and gentlemen, if there is a movie you should watch this year, it is Whiplash. I’ll tell you why:

1. Miles Teller – You might have seen him in Divergent or the Spectacular Now, but this is the film where his talent is really brought out to light. He is a terrific drummer, and has clearly pushed his own boundaries for the making of this film. He’s also a pretty calm good actor, and I see a bright future for this guy.

2. Jazz – As a person who loves her fair share of jazz, this film really did fill all the needs one would have.

3. J. K. Simmons – Has won a Golden Globe and is nominated for an Oscar for his performance. He is as incredible as they say. Scary as fuck too.

4. New Found Appreciation For Drumming and Drummers – I mean, holy fudge. The crap they go through simply to provide the beat to the music is amazing. I hereby would like to raise my metaphorical glass to all the drummers out there, small or big, and may your drumsticks stay forever strong and in one piece.

Watch Whiplash, people.

Another film that comes highly recommended is Big Hero 6.

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There were raving reviews about this film, and while I was just as excited as the next man about a Marvel/ Disney collaboration, I was sure that some of the reviews had to be exaggerated. No film can be that good.

It’s that good. In fact, it is better. Completely soaring over Disney’s usual standard of film, it is just the perfect combination of action, comedy, and heartbreak. I may have teared up more than once. Not my fault.

Despite it being slightly predictable, it is still a very good movie, and this is the kind of film the Disney should work on more.

The characters are really well done, surprisingly well done considering the film was a Disney length film. My personal favourite is Wasabi, big burly black guy who completely destroys every stereotype concerning big burly black guys. He’s the kinda guy to, say, obey traffic laws when in a car chase or scream the highest when scary things happen. It is wonderful.

Also, there is a special place in my heart for Honey Lemon, who –

Do you know what? Just watch the film. You’ll see what I mean.

Until next time,

Rivanna

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