Mr. Long (SABU, 2017): Germany

Reviewed by Cyrus Davar at the AFI Filmfest 2017

Mr. Long who follows the story of a professional hitman named long who takes an assignment in Japan. When things don’t go as planned, long has no choice but to flee. Hiding out in a deserted part of the city, he befriends a young boy snd his mother who is a prostitute and drug addict. Showing the loving relationship between a young boy and man that will soon change the heart of a hitman. The  dialogue being both in Mandarin and Japanese. The film shifts so continually and so unpredictably  that it’s very hard for viewers to stay invested in the fiction, as well as in the characters. The camerawork is quite varied in style, and is especially sleek at the beginning where it has a bit of a metallic futuristic tone to it. With such a magnificent score tailored by Junichi Matsumoto, it makes the film that much more aesthetically pleasing. The minimal dialogue throughout the film gives each viewer his own responsibility when dealing with interpretations of such content that leaves the audience at the edge of

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The Ballad of Lefty Brown (Jared Moshe, 2017): USA

Reviewed by Juan Salcedo. Viewed at the 2017 AFI Film Festival.

The unlikely hero is likely Lefty Brown(Bill Pullman) in this beautiful western. Moshe explained that he wanted to take the sidekick that gets kicked around by the group and that happened to be Lefty Brown.

This film is a revenge story that follows Lefty on a mission to find who killed his best friend Edward the senator(Peter Fonda).  In the process Lefty Brown tests himself and shows everyone that he cares and stuff and in that he finds that he is capable of things he never imagined like finding a thief and stuff. Anywhom cinematography is prime showing us beautiful Montana landscapes kinda and being beautiful. Characters are cool although pretty basic they have clear goals which makes the movie better and easy to follow. Obviously.

The Ballad is quite the enjoyable film, if you like Westerns and you like it when genres are twisted a little bit to change the norm this film would be a great watch. Go watch it fluffy bunnies.

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