Film Briefs – Limited Releases Edition: “The Silence”, “Somebody Up There Likes Me” and “Wrong”

wrong-movie-reviewFilm Briefs is our way of giving our opinion on films we might not necessarily have the time to review in full.  This is a column where we sum up our feelings about the last few movies we saw and throw ‘em up just to give you an idea of what’s out there. Usually, we try to have at least two of the three films be major releases. But with this being San Francisco and all, we lucky devils seem to always have plenty of limited releases right at our fingertips, hence the reason for this Limited Releases edition of the column.

Follow the jump to see briefs for The Silence, Somebody Up There Like Me and Wrong

The Silence

TheSilencefour-stars4Beautifully and smartly shot, the film shows the issue of child molestation in a fashion that allows it to be disturbing but does not make us turn our heads. This intelligent directing, mixed with fine acting performances, creates a strikingly real drama.

The film did have a few detective story clichés that I am sick of seeing in movie after movie. This, however, does not change the fact that The Silence is an all around solid film that kept me glued to the screen from the opening shot to the last. That being said,  I felt the movie never lived up to its full potential, but I am very exited to see what director, Baran bo Odar comes out with next. – written by Nick Petrick (Opens at Opera Plaza on March 29th, 2013)

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Somebody_Up_there_Likes_Me_03one-star2Morbid, lazy humor brought together by a strange concept never quite explained is how I would describe Bob Byington‘s ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me.’ Ironically titled for humor(?), something along the lines of ‘Somebody Up There Hates Me’ or ‘Is Fucking With Me’ would probably be more appropriate.

All the off-beat humor in itself would have been fine except that the bad visual effects, seemingly put together on someone’s mac book, infiltrated random sections of this film and left me a bit confused and rather annoyed. Some characters aged, others didn’t, and to be honest they looked more bored than I was.  Maybe that was the point and I missed it. – written by Calindra Jeralin (Opens at Roxie Theatre on March 29th, 2013)


wrong-image-1-600x322four-stars4It’s a given that comedies, more so than any other genre, will always be greeted with polarizing reactions.  Aside from the actual jokes and gags being presented, sometimes just the very aesthetics can alter someone’s view on whether a comedy is considered great or shit.  One has to look no further than the limitless adoration the French have for whom they consider to be a comedic genius, Jerry Lewis to see my point.

Speaking of the French, and further proving my point, Quentin Dupieux‘s latest entity plays directly into all of my comedic sensibilities, whereas I know of at least one other cinegeek, whose opinions I respect, that was not as impressed as I was.  I am quite certain that as early on into the year – no, make that decade – as we are, that I will not laugh as much as I did while watching Wrong.

Oh, I almost forgot.  As to what the movie’s about; Man loses dog and has to find him.  There you go.  Simple.  Genius.  Enjoy! – written by Adam Cuttler (Opens at Roxie Theatre on March 29th, 2013)


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