Grade: A | 5th+ Viewing
I saw nine movies in the theater over the past seven days, so needless to say I had little time for movies at home. However, I was glad that I fit in a viewing of one of my favorite independent movies of all-time: the funny and brilliant high school-set noir film Brick. Rian Johnson’s film is definitely one that merits several viewings, as the first time through most time has to be spent unraveling the parts of the mystery (with a great payoff, I might add).
Upon subsequent viewings I was able to pay more attention to the wonderful things he was doing with the camera and mise-en-scene. The costume work often gets ignored in contemporary independent films, but designer Michele Posch does a fantastic job giving each character a color scheme that fits their persona – white for the muscles, black for the scheming kingpin, red for the femme fatale, and Brendan, the detective, in a neutral tan. As much as I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the 50/50 or (500) Days of Summer I do wish he would do these serious, confident roles more often.
What movies did you see this week?