“Faults” – Nathan’s Movie Challenge, Week 27
“Someday I will be a mountain. But for now, I am a fault.”
This movie is equal parts hilarious, sad, pathetic, creepy, and perplexing. My kind of flick.
I am also envious of the director, Riley Stearns, who apparently is married to the alluringly awesome Mary Elizabeth Winstead (and has been since 2010). She’s really good in this, but I think Leland Orser is the standout.
She’s really good in this, but I think Leland Orser is the standout. He plays earnest, deplorable, knowledgeable, and menacing well. His character has a lot to pull off, and he really nails it.
Faults was at the time of this review at #17,937 on my Flickchart list of shame (ranked #19,367 among the best films of all time). Here’s how it entered my chart:
Faults vs. Leaving Las Vegas
I guess I’ll take insane Winstead over depressing Cage. Faults wins.
Faults vs. The Exorcist
Sorry, Faults. You’re not even in competition with Exorcist.
Faults vs. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
I liked Rogue Nation well enough. It’s fun, although, I think I liked Ghost Protocol more. Faults is the more interesting film.
Faults vs. A Boy and His Dog
Don Johnson and his talking dog are wonderfully weird, but its budget really shows. Faults takes the matchup.
Faults vs. Teen Wolf
Faults is a better film. Teen Wolf is just goofy 80s fun.
Faults vs. Frequency
The schmaltz is just a little too thick, and it’s maybe a tad too long, but it’s quite a good yarn. Frequency will beat out Faults.
Faults vs. Contagion
Soderbergh makes some really disparate types of movies. Contagion made me not want to touch a door handle on the way out of the theater, so that’s something. It’ll win this matchup.
Faults vs. Kick-Ass
There’s a lot of dumb stuff in Kick-Ass, and a lot of fun stuff, but also a surprising amount of emotional stuff. Faults is a good, small movie, but it’s not reaching as far.
Faults vs. Upstream Color
Like Primer, Upstream Color is super-weird and – at times – hard to follow. Faults doesn’t quite get that weird, and maybe it should have gone for even weirder.
Faults vs. Attack the Block
Man, Attack the Block is great. Great cast and characters. Great monster designs. Great locations. It wins for sure.
Faults vs. Perfect Blue
When I watched Perfect Blue earlier in the challenge, I had no idea what it would be about. It was a better-crafted story than I expected – and quite well-animated. It will just edge out Faults.
Faults is now ranked #414 out of 1471 movies on my Best Movies of All-Time chart.
Next up is The Lives of Others. In the meantime, check out the other films I’ve ranked during the challenge.