¹ Director Joe Carnahan constructs a purely visceral man versus nature/himself story deceivingly wrapped in a plane crash, survival thriller. Liam Neeson keeps getting better with age as Carnahan strips everything down everything around him to the bare essentials while still maintaining a vibrant, lush, snowy Alaskan setting with a handful of character actors. The Grey is a darkly visceral film about lost souls, redemption, and facing your own humanity amongst a pack of wolves.
² Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own 1990s coming of age novel is just the right amount of earnest and engaging. The Perks of Being a Wallflower encapsulates a touching, intriguing portrayal of teenage life well without any of the usual irony or cynicism. The teenage cast of actors creates a fun, cinematic adventure, full of music, emotions, and self-discovery amidst the gloomy blues of Pittsburgh.
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