Long Day's Journey Into Night ★★★★★

Say the spell.

I've been waiting all my life for a film like this. I'm not trying to over-hype. We humans are storytelling machines. We go to the movies to see dreams projected in public, on a canvas we map makers call cinema. Bi Gan has somehow conceived - and even more remarkably, managed to capture - the perfect artistic capsule for both form and feeling. A labyrinth of the transitory detective yarn in two parts, and formats; like a Chinese Mulholland Drive as a handover metaphor. Telling, that he thanks Hou Hsiao Hsien first, in the end credits. The whole time I was getting Millennium Mambo intro vibes - of course, there's a 1998-2000 motif threaded into the text(s), clocks and firecrackers too. I don't want to potentially ruin anything else. Please see it, in 3D and on the big screen, if you are so able.

Spin the house.