This was a lighter week for movies with only two movies being watched.
The Revenant (2015)
Prior to watching this at home this week, I had only viewed The Revenant once before in theaters. Although I enjoyed the movie in theaters, I had a not so great experience of sitting too close to the screen. So watching this at home proved to be a better experience.
The director Alejandro González Iñárritu has an interesting range of filmmaking and I'd say that the only common thread is that many of the stories are grim and have hints of supernatural/metaphysical plane involved.
There's a reason that DiCaprio finally got his his Oscar with this one. He plays emotional, apathetic, tough, and quiet all so well in this film: it is his most dynamic performance.
This gets 4 stars for me. It is one of the most beautifully shot movies of recent years.
Sun Choke (2016)
This was a rough watch. A rough watch that I loved.
Our main is a twenty-something year old suffering from psychological trauma and under the watch of a caretaker is going through some...interesting holistic treatment.
At the start, I was unsure whether to be sympathetic towards the main character but as the story unfolds, I felt a disconnect from both the main and her nanny as they both carry darkness and disturbing habits. That only further rang true as the movie progressed.
This takes you on a slow but wild ride where at first you are hoping for vengeance and then you are looking towards relief.
I give this one 4 stars for originality, cinematography, and pure creepiness.