My favorites are the last films I've rated five stars, either on a first watch or on a rewatch.
At some point around the hour mark, Zula, the female protagonist of this tightly constructed romantic epic, confronts a woman, a French poet who had a relationship with Wiktor, the man of her life. She asks her abruptly about the meaning of the lyrics, loosely translated by the other woman from Polish to French, of a song that she is recording. The poet tells her that it is a metaphor about time and love.
I’m not sure which is the…
It’s really impressive how different tones are blended together throughout all of Risky Business’s runtime. Comedic gems and dark themes go hand in hand: you see Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear and then you are left wondering about the weight of expectations and the price of success; you hear a hilarious line like “Who’s the U-Boat commander?” and then you’re suddenly immersed up to your neck in unhesitating exploitation all in the name of profit.
Still, it’s the style…
As many have pointed out, this movie does not represent any particular reinvention for the genre, far from it.
Nevertheless, rookie director Chloe Okuno manages to bring the right gloomy atmosphere for the entire runtime. The film is not very eventful but some impressive camera work and a convincing lead performance from Maika Monroe guarantee that it never feels boring.
Mira Nair shows a nuanced recounting of a love story immersed in the complications of home, family and race.
What emerges the most though are the absolutely hypontic performances from then emerging young actors Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, as the two leads. I promise you cannot take your eyes off them, especially when they share the screen, as they show amazing chemistry.
I'm glad this is once again available to be seen, it's a hidden gem.
Watching Those Who Wish Me Dead, I was most impressed by its colors: the vast and apparently limitless green of the forest, the flaming and suffocating orange of the man-made fire that devours that same forest, and the vivid red of the firefighters’ parachutes descending above the burnt grey that remains afterwards.
While these evocative images could hold their own in a slower, more contemplative film, this is nonetheless a fast-paced thriller. The conspiracy that sets things in motion is…