I haven't written a post like this before, but I realized that there were a few extra points that I wanted to make about the following entries that I posted recently. I'll be brief:
I really didn't spend enough time discussing the score for It Follows. I didn't even realize this until I watched Red Letter Media's review for It Follows (they also covered Furious 7). The RLM review included several clips from the movie - and I noticed that I was suddenly looking around corners as well as into dark rooms hesitantly, as if I were actually nervous and I was doing this in my own home.
Honestly, I am very aware of when a soundtrack/score doesn't quite work, or tells you what to feel too often, or becomes intrusive. It was a major mark of quality to have the IF score impact me so strongly. I was aware of its power at the time, but I don't think I expressed that appropriately in my review, so I wanted to point it out now: the music is not just a callback to 80's horror, it's insanely creepy and pulse-driving. Cheers to the filmmakers!
Meanwhile, I realize that I was being a bit harsh on Arrow. The problem is that, while it does have all of the strengths that I pointed out, the flaws are so intense and consistent now that I feel like the show is actively discouraging me from watching it. And I can't imagine why they'd start to run their show in that fashion; it makes no damn sense - just like all of their scenes involving the law...
A Most Violent Year is really a B+-level movie. The problem is that the flaws that it displays are so profound that I can't imagine giving it more than a B (that is, if I did use a letter rating system, or any rating system at all). I would've given the film more leeway if it had more foibles in the acting or cinematography, or if it looked like it had been made on a low budget. To that end, its quality kind of ensured that I would be almost scandalized by what the director doesn't get right. It's actually kind of a compliment...
Finally, I realize now that I will never get to do a proper obit post for Leonard Nimoy. We all know that he was great, and plenty of other people have paid proper tribute to him by now. I really would likely add nothing more to the commentary on this front, although I will add the video that I always wanted to include here - a video that describes how the Vulcan hand greeting came to be:
And somehow, both Leonard Nimoy and Mr. Spock just got cooler. How the hell is that possible?
In any case, I wanted to take the time to address these now, as I have lots to do and may likely forget to ever return to any of them. Not only am I not giving Leonard a second entry, I may not write a follow-up entry for Selma whenever DJ's done with his review.