Instead of making an individual post for each of the films I saw at LA Film Fest I’m just going to make this post. (Should’ve thought about that before I made the post for Short Term 12, but whatever.)
Favorites of LAFF 2013:
- House with a Turret (2012) Dir. Eva Neymann - Fuck yeah! The last and best movie I saw at the fest.
- The Fifth Season (2013) Dir. Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth - Like the original The Wicker Manif Bela Tarr directed it.
- Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) Dir. David Lowery - Weaker by a mile than both of the previous films, but still really well made and acted.
Would Still Recommend - I liked, but didn’t love these films. I might be wrong though.
- The Spectacular Now (2013) Dir. James Ponsoldt - Miles Teller is great.
- The Conjuring (2013) Dir. James Wan - Sort of conventional, but I’m a fan of James Wan’s style. Might be the best straight horror movie of the year.
- Short Term 12 (2013) Destin Cretton - Wrote about this already, but it’s a little too neat. Performances elevate it though.
- All Together Now (2013) Dir. Alexander Mirecki - Tries for a Dazed and Confused/American Graffiti type movie, but doesn’t come together as well. The characters just aren’t that compelling.
- Forty Years from Yesterday (2013?) Dir. Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck - I admired the craft behind this and wanted to fall head over heels for it, but it’s too slow and dull sometimes for me to love it.
- Boxing Day (2012) Dir. Bernard Rose - The worst film that I’ve seen in 2013. A few mild chuckles couldn’t save it.