Avengers : Infinity War (2018)

"Today we don't fight for any life... we fight for ALL of them."

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Cinematographer:  Trent Opaloch

  • Camera: Arri Alexa IMAX, Panavision Sphero 65 Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

This movie was incredibly fun. There was a lot to follow and a lot of characters seeing each other for the first time and it was great. (NO SPOILERS) I won't talk about the story but all I know is that Guardians of the Galaxy being in this movie was great, and for my girlfriend she loved Black Panther. Now the story was great no matter what people think of the ending, I personally didn't mind it. The Cinematography was incredible too, as it should be considering its a huge film. Trent Opaloch and the VFX team really pulled of something amazing. The colors in the film feel so real and the environments feel real. Its hard to pull all these characters together and have everything feel so natural. I did not see this film in IMAX but I know this film was shot for IMAX as well so I imagine it looked crazy in those theaters. I feel there is a clean color palette going on in this film. (the pictures I have Below) I picked these pictures because this film has different tones for different environments obviously, but they all feel like they are in the same palette. This film is just beautifully done. I would more than positive watch this film again. I am not a huge Marvel Nerd but I do know my stuff to get around all the characters. This film felt amazing for someone that isn't a diehard marvel fanatic... Definitely watch this film. (oh yea the whole diehard thing, I do watch all the Marvel Films besides some of the Thor stuff and Antman, which he wasn't even in it so)

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

"This didn't put an end to shit, you f**king retard; this is just the f**king start. Why don't you put that on your Good Morning Missouri f**king wake up broadcast, b*tch? "

Director:  Martin McDonagh

Cinematographer:  Ben Davis

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT Plus, Panavision C-Series Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1

Hilarious film. This film is outstanding. Brilliantly written comedy, that is also very emotional. The message behind this film is great and this film will definitely be a classic as time goes on. This film deserves all the love in the world. Had a lot of moments of laughter while watching but it was never forced. I hate comedies and Honestly I won't consider this a comedy because of how great it is written, this film actually has a story and a meaning. Im not going to spoil anything as usual but please go watch this film you will love it. The cinematography is effortless too in a great way. The color throughout the film remains solid and I never realized it, as you can see in these images below. I know this was in talks for best picture for a lot of people but I wouldn't go that far and say its best picture.

 

Annihilation (2018)

" It's not destroying... It's making something new."

Director: Alex Garland

Cinematographer:  Rob Hardy

  • Camera: Red Weapon Dragon, Panavision G Series and Ultra Panatar Lenses , Sony CineAlta F65, Panavision Primo, G- and T-Series Lenses Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, Panavision Primo, G- and T-Series Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Annihilation is a crazy sci-fy film. This is an original film. that bombed in the box office. I believe this film will be considered a great film as the years go on. The story follows four scientists, and are on a mission that previously had failed. I don't want to go to in-depth on the story because no spoilers but the whole movie was gorgeous. Director and Cinematographer and Actress trio has done a great movie before in Ex Machina, and that was a great film. Annihilation is different in its beauty, this is a world that is different from our own. Creatures have their DNA intermingled with other DNA. One of the monsters in this film is eerily one of the creepiest creatures in movies... This film has great CGI its never too forceful, and its done creatively to where its unique like the dish soap looking bubble. (NO SPOILERS AHEAD). There are creatures in the end of the film that are amazingly weird, me and my girlfriend was really weirded out because of the makeup of the creature and its mirrored actions. All in alll guys go watch this film if you want to watch something original and unique. Its like a blend of Arrival and Alien.

 

The Shape of Water (2017)

"When he looks at me, the way he looks at me... He does not know, what I lack... Or - how - I am incomplete. He sees me, for what I - am, as I am. He's happy - to see me. Every time. Every day. Now, I can either save him... or let him die."

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Cinematographer:  Dan Lausten 

  • Camera: Arri Alexa Mini, Fujinon Alura Lens ... Arri Alexa XT Plus, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

The shape of water.... ITS SO WEIRD. It has to be one of the weirdest movies out there. I still find it to be genius though. The story is about a mute girl who gets attached to a government found amphibian man held in captivity. Not going to spoil it but the movie gets weird. The movie is beautifully made. All aspects of the film is great. The set design is the best part, the set design is masterful, all the sets seem well hand crafted. The sound of the film is also good but I don't really remember it. The acting is amazing too, to fall into these strange characters is a tough task and I feel they accomplished their roles. The color of the film is extremely green, it feels like a swamp, it is usually green and everything almost feels dirty. The camera work is also great (I feel it still doesn't beat Blade Runner though). The amphibian man also looks great he feels and looks very real. 

Over all you should see this movie. A lot of people do not like it cause it might be too weird. but I feel it is still a powerful movie, if you are deaf and use sign language this can be a movie that you can be connected to a character. The movie is brilliant. 

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Room (2015)

"There are so many things out here. And sometimes it's scary. But that's ok. Because it's still just you and me..."

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Cinematographer:  Danny Cohen

  • Camera: Red Epic Dragon, Panavision Primo and Ultra Speed MKII Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

      Room is a fantastic movie. I won't have a lot to say about this movie but I do feel like it is a movie everyone should watch.  The actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay played their roles perfectly. Jacob is going to be a great actor. I don't want to spoil anything but this movie is a captive situation and it is really sick and twisted. A lot of the times you cringe at things because how real it feels, especially with Jacobs character. The cinematography is not over the top and it doesn't have to be. It was a close and intimate shot set up especially in the room. To make you feel confined in one room is tiring on the audience in a good way. The color of the film is usually that blue bleak feeling, and there are not a lot of happy moments and a lot of the happy moments also share this weird sense of things are still not happy. Overall I say see this movie, its going to be a classic story as time goes on. 

The Ritual (2018)

"My old scoutmaster used to say 'If the shortcut was a shortcut, it wouldn't be called a shortcut, it would be called a route'."

Director: David Bruckner

Cinematographer:  Andrew Shulkind

  • Camera:  Canon EOS C300 Mark II, Vantage One Lenses
    Canon EOS C700, Vantage One Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.00 : 1

     The ritual is a great film. Watched it with my girlfriend and was not expecting it to be as good as it is. (No Spoilers) The film starts off pretty slow but it is really important to be paying attention as things from the beginning matter throughout the whole film. The film follows (4) Friends who go on a hiking trip in Sweden for (no spoilers) a specific reason. They end up getting lost on the trip in the woods of Sweden, and thats where the real stuff in this film happens. That is all I want to say about the plot as I think the plot and the actors were really good. The actors feel like real life friends and you never question the dynamic between them. The cinematography for this film is actually stunning, as there is a lot of landscape photography. The film is filmed in Romania and not actually in Sweden. The deeper the film gets the deeper the visuals get and I love that, because it comes as a surprise and you go "wow that looks amazing". I think the Cinematography done by Andrew Shulkind and the VFX in the movie are actually done really well. I personally love the ritual and would say please go watch it if you are into horror/ thriller movies. This movie will for sure have you holding on to someone or something. This movie came out of no where for me and I love movies like that. I didn't watch a trailer (well not all of it). We just grabbed it and watched it and it was great. No expectations, just watching it cause it looked interesting enough to try. So again I say go watch it, and watch it at night. 

Black Panther (2018)

"We must find a way to look after each other, as if we were one single tribe"

Director: Ryan Coogler

Cinematographer:  Rachel Morrison

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT Plus, Panavision Primo Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

     Black panther.... Been waiting for this movie and my god. This film is great. The album was amazing too, and really got me hyped. Black panther is a different breed of marvel movies. Black panther felt like it was not too much chaos just for the hell of it. Black panther had a great plot and it had really strong characters. Everyone of these characters had a point in the film. Black panther felt refreshing. Going into a movie that has so much hype behind it could be hard, but when the movie lives up to it, it feels rewarding. I do not want to say to much about the story because that is for you to watch. The cinematography done by Rachel was also very good, and so was the CGI. The sets and locations in black panther all felt really important? if that makes sense. Like each specific area had their own look tot hem, the lighting is different throughout the sets, the tone and color schemes, The location designs was really well done. I think the cinematography could still have been better for what it was. That being said I thought it was still amazing, it was not on the Blade Runner 2049 level, but Blade runner was also a slower movie, Things were allowed to be more visually appealing. Okay so that still sounds bad, but Black panther I wish every thing was as powerful as these two images below, but I know that basically impossible. Black Panther is one of my favorite Marvel movies by far, but we will see if it stays one of my favorite movies for 2018.  This film is amazing so please go watch. 

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

"Im just like anybody else"

Director: Marc Meyers

Cinematographer:  Daniel Katz

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT . Panavision Primo Prime Anamorphic Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

     This film is surprisingly good. I was unsure wether or not it will be as good as some people say, but it held up. The audience is taken into this sick and twisted world of Jeff's late teenage years and how mentally deranged he was. By first killing animals to eventually obviously killing people. The acting in this film was great. Throughout the film Jeff never really fit in with anyone, even with the Jeffery dammer fan club. He was always seen as a weirdo, but there are people who feel bad for him in the film. The cinematography in this film is nothing really spectacular but I feel it was still pretty good. The Arri Alexi XT always puts out a nice picture. The film was good, I would say to give it a watch. Would I watch this film again ? probably not. 

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"But maybe everyone's a little bit ugly. Yeah, maybe we're all just ugly, dying sacks of shit and maybe all it'll take is one person to just be okay with that."

Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Cinematographer:  Larkin Seiple

  • Camera: Arri Alexa Mini, Cooke Anamorphic/i Lenses
    Arri Alexa XT Plus, Cooke Anamorphic/i, S4, Xtal Express and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
    Phantom Flex4K, Cooke S4 Lenses
    Red Epic Dragon, Cooke S4 and Zeiss Super Speed Lenses
    Sony CineAlta PMW-EX3
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

This film is beautifully weird. This has got to be the weirdest film I watched that was actually good and moving. The Daniels pulled at your heart from all directions, making you laugh, cringe, and feel emotionally attached with these characters. I feel like the movie felt really long, but it was so worth it because these characters develop so much throughout every scene. Hank basically allows Manny to feel human emotions and feel what it feels to be human, something not even Hank felt himself. Manny made Hank a better person and vice versa. The story was incredible. The story is actually beautiful, I thought more about it and realized wow this story encompasses life. This story talks of trying to find the meaning of life for Manny to live and remember, and that reason was love. then when love did not love him back, he wanted to be dead again, and that was beautiful and powerful. He only became alive again when someone loved him unconditionally and that was his friend, Hank.  The cinematography was great, at first it started off okay, but then it really turned beautiful when we arrived to the forest. The lighting always felt natural, and never made you think "oh theres a light right there". There was never really a time where I was turned off by a certain thing visually. That being said the cinematography was not jaw dropping. They did what was necessary for the story which ultimately is the best thing to do. All in all I think this film was great and I recommend watching this if you are alone or if you are with your significant other. Like this film is really really weird so prepare for some awkward moments if you watch this with a group. 

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

"Logic doesn't apply to any of this."

Director: Julius Onah

Cinematographer:  Dan Mindel

  • Camera: Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision Primo, Retro C-, E-, G- and T-Series Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Okay what can we say about the Cloverfield paradox other than it was unexpected. The Cloverfield series does a good job on surprising us. Having watched the previous two movies, I feel this one holds true to the feeling the other ones gave us. The story starts off quick and we quickly know Hamilton is our main character. All three movies seem to connect and this one seems to connect with the last one in terms of the whole underground bunkers on earth. Well I do not want to say too much about the story as you should watch for yourself. This film is great it is not a classic, and I do not like it as much as other space movies like Interstellar. The film's cinematography is done with great effect, makes you feel like you are in space it has those JJ Abram light flares (he produced this film). as far as the science goes for this movie, it is really out the window as some crazy stuff goes on that or may not turn you off if you are a freak about scientific accuracies. The cinematography is great the lighting is great, plenty of times during scenes I would admire the lights and the colors that were being showcased, even down on earth where the world was in ruin, we had fog and lights and a atmosphere that was just outstanding. Dan Mindel did a great job with the imagery, as I could have picked any frame of the movie for these screenshots below. all in all would I recommend The cloverfield paradox? ehh if you watched the other movies you have to watch this one. If you never cared about the films, then I mean its up to you to watch. I do not believe this film is one for the ages, but is a good film nonetheless. I would probably watch it again. This film feels very alien covent, and like its a longer black mirror episode. 

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

"Sometimes to love someone, you got to be a stranger.."

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cinematographer:  Roger Deakins

  • Camera: Arri Alexa Mini, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses. Arri Alexa XT Studio, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the original and it is truly a master piece. This plot follows a new blade runner LAPD officer K-- and K's character played by Ryan Gosling is fantastic. All the characters in this film are really well developed, including Joi, K's AI girlfriend, who reminds me of the AI of the movie HER (2013). The cinematography of 2049 is outstanding, this is done through Denis's vision of making sure he uses as much practical sets as possible. This helps the actors portray their characters better, and this helps Roger Deakins with his photography. Using real sets also means adding in the CG isn't as tedious. The colors in this film is amazing it really stays true to the original blade runner, but obviously better. The colors are so well played in this film. The lighting and colors are really their own character, they mean that much to this film. I also want to mention the soundtrack in this film as it is also masterful. I have been listening to this soundtrack in my car driving to school and work and it is incredible - Truly creates a atmosphere and puts you in the world of Blade Runner 2049. This film overall is amazing and I want to say I enjoy it more than the original (2007 cut obviously). That being said I think both of these films are classics. 

Star Wars : Last Jedi (2017)

"We're going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love!"

Director: Rian Johnson

Cinematographer:  Steve Yedlin

  • Camera: Arri Alexa 65
    Arri Alexa XT Plus, Panavision C-, E-, G-Series, ATZ and AWZ2 Lenses
    Arri Alexa XT, Panavision C-, E-, G-Series, ATZ and AWZ2 Lenses
    Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2, Panavision C-, E-, G-Series, ATZ and AWZ2 Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Gone girl (2014)

" I've killed for you. Who else can say that?."

Director: David Fincher

Cinematographer:  Jeff Cronenweth

  • Camera: Red Epic Dragon, Leica Summilux-C Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Alien Covenant (2017)

" No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams.."

Director: Ridley Scott

Cinematographer:  Dariusz Wolski

  • Camera: Arri Alexa Mini, Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge, Panavision PCZ and PVintage lenses and
    Arri Alexa XT, Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge, Panavision PCZ and PVintage lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Guardians of the galaxy (2014)

"I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends."

Director: James Gunn

Cinematographer:  Ben Davis

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT Plus, Panavision Primo, Cooke Xtal Express and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again."

Director: Tom Ford

Cinematographer:  Seamus McGarvey

  • Camera: Panavision Panaflex Millinium XL2, with panavision Primo Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

BFG (2016)

"Because I hears your lonely heart, in all the secret whisperings of the world."

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cinematographer:  Janusz Kaminski

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT, Panavision Primo Lenses
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell... And for once it might be grand to have someone understand, I want so much more than they've got planned!"

Director: Bill Condon

Cinematographer: Tobias Schliessler

  • Camera: Arri Alexa XT Plus, Leica Summilux-C Lenses . Leica Summilux-C Lenses
  • Aspect Ratios: 1.90 : 1 (IMAX version) | 2.35 : 1

Ex-Machina (2014)

"Isn't it strange, to create something that hates you?"

Director: Alex Garland

Cinematographer: Rob Hardy

Cameras that were used : Sony F55 and F65 with anamorphic lenses.