Scattered Frames: Enough said about the empire of Blackfish
Hello everybody! Welcome to yet another edition of Scattered Frames, where I highlight a very eclectic trio of films, including the late James Gandolfini’s final performance, a worthy action sequel and an eye-opening documentary. Check it out!
Enough Said: There are worse notes to go out on and James Gandolfini was very lucky that this one will be remembered as his last performance on film. A simple dramedy with solid writing and impressive work from him and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, both very understated and effective. The climax drips with awkwardness in another winner from Nicole Holofcener. 3.5/5
Blackfish: I grew up going to SeaWorld at least once a year, so watching this doco about the danger of keeping orcas in captivity made me feel dirty and ashamed. Gabriela Cowperthwaite has directed an eye-opening, heartwrenching account of the physical and mental abuse humans can subject their fellow animals to. Stunning footage and great insight from all kinds of experts make this one of the best documentaries I’ve ever had the pleasure and pain of seeing. Required viewing. 4/5
300: Rise of an Empire: I honestly didn’t notice if this film was light on story and character development, because I was distracted by all the cool visuals and fun action (that underwater horse thing was a highlight). If that makes me stupid, then so be it! A worthy follow-up to 2007’s groundbreaking swords-and-sandals CGI extravaganza: cheesier, sexier and almost as entertaining. If it ain’t broke… 3.5/5