It is a painful, dangerous, compromised process. The New Yorker review.

The story is pretty good, the dialogue is terrible at times, and the performances are also pretty great. This creates a very ominous feeling for the film, as well as outlining its themes of human goodness in the face of a harsh environment. The film should have just shown us these things instead of telling them over and over again as well. ©2020 Verizon Media. Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. There are traces of The Godfather's young Michael Corleone, who tries to steer clear of his family's business at first, but ultimately becomes a Mafioso kingpin, and the film keeps us guessing as to the path Morales ultimately chooses and whether he will succeed or it will be his undoing. For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Michael Russnow's website is, Your vote is your voice! So while Chastain does a good job making her appear threatening, I wish the character actually was as fiery as she plays her. We saw the guy with the gun come in the house, just like they did. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting. Professional screenwriter, actor, former U.S. Senate aide and former elected Member of the Writers Guild of America, West Board of Directors, Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot today.

Under attack from all sides, the DA (David Oyelowo) and an unknown entity stealing his trucks and hurting his employees and family, Abel tries his hardest not to succumb to mob dealings. Last modified on Mon 3 Dec 2018 15.37 GMT. ( Log Out /  Reviewing all Oscar nominees (not just the winners) in one year. She is the fierce, goading, sexy Lady Macbeth, hysterically contemptuous of Abel’s insistence that her dad’s dirty money had nothing to do with their current success, and furious with Abel for trying to stay legal in their imminent turf war: his job is to persuade her that his problem with violence isn’t that it’s wrong but that it’s stupid and shortsighted. Abel’s morality is an interesting proposition. Who knew that heating oil might occupy the sphere of would-be Capones, but indeed it is with respect to territorial issues and cajoling customers from one enterprise to another. I wished it could have been a bit better, but all around A Most Violent Year is well worth the watch for anyone wondering why they don’t make ’em like they used to. I love mob movies, so I really wanted to love this film. You don't need an excuse to vote early.

It really is comparable to The Godfather in terms of tone, even if its not as good as that film (but not much is, let’s face it). JC Chandor depicts it with flair, though with a touch of sentimental melodrama at the very end. This film-maker is taking his cue from Coppola, De Palma and Scorsese with their immigrants upwardly mobile within a gangland version of the American dream, inhabiting a violent world, warily and woundedly aware of the ethnic pecking order. Interesting that you said “the real star here though is atmosphere of the film” I can see how that’d make this very intriguing. THE OFFICIAL STORY For your voice to be heard, in most states you must register before you can vote. I’d still see this as I like the leading actors and Chandor’s Margin Call impressed me. Half of her purpose in this movie seems to be telling Abel his family’s in danger. THE BIG CITY SOLARIS He doesn’t want an escalation of the violence, which I suppose is the right thing, but his employees are also getting hurt just because he doesn’t want to loose money, basically. Jessica Chastain’s entire character, while a fascinating one, also has a significant drawback. Though the characters in the film keep asserting Abel Morales is a good man, I’m thinking that’s only compared to some. Other years, such as 1971 and 1979, glimpsed on the sides of cardboard boxes filled with dodgy paperwork and crooked accounting, not so much. But it's that "for what it is" part that proves slightly exasperating. FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE The New York Times review As the pressure mounts, our hero strives to remain true to his desire to make his way in life without unduly dirtying his hands, all the while struggling to stay legit. We already know this because we see them getting attacked and acting scared. ( Log Out /  Oscar Isaac is smoothly formidable as Abel, razor-sharp in a double-breasted suit and mustard-coloured topcoat, a man whose confident manners announce that he has evolved away from the racketeering that gave him his start, but not as far away as all that. However, a scene towards the end sheds some light. It’s definitely worth a look, especially for Oscar Isaac who does a really great job. Today is National Voter Registration Day! It's been an interesting year for films and as a Writers Guild member I see a lot of them, but I don't review too many. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Change ), THE CONVERSATION (1974), dir. A Most Violent Year review – blood, oil and tears on the waterfront 4 / 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars. As a matter of fact, the last one I recommended was Boyhood way back in June, a month before it opened, and I'm delighted to say my thoughts proved prescient of what was to come as it remains one of the favorites to win the best picture Oscar. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Just as Abel straddles the worlds of crime and respectable business, so Chandor’s movie has one foot in the genre of organised crime and another in the city drama of family loyalty and political grime: the tough film-making of James Gray and Sidney Lumet (and before them, Elia Kazan).

"A Most Violent Year," a 1981 New York period piece written and directed by J.C. Chandor ("All is Lost," "Margin Call"), is that kind of movie. They are partners in crime (or industry standard business practices, however you want to look at it), which is interesting to see. All my aimless thoughts, ideas, and ramblings, all packed into one site! Part of HuffPost Entertainment. And like Paul Thomas Anderson in another context, Chandor reminds us that where there is oil, there will be blood. Create a free website or blog at Like Alec Baldwin’s icy salesman in Glengarry Glen Ross, Abel believes in the importance of always closing, of fixing potential customers with a fearless gaze. Characters often will simply state the points the film is trying to make, and more than does, through the surrounding atmosphere and actions of the characters. It's a film that came upon us at the end of the year, but with word of mouth and lots of significant award nominations, including a recent win as Best Picture by the National Board of Review, it will probably attain the audience it deserves in the months ahead.