Bylines: The Playlist, The Movie Sleuth, Film Combat Syndicate
Realized I never logged my favorite film of all time. Here’s what I wrote about it 2017:
The questions asked of us by Olivier Assayas in his second collaboration with Kristen Stewart swirl around the film like one of its spirits, haunting you and pulling at you. And like a spirit, the answers are often times easy to miss and if you do find them, they're inevitably hard to grapple with. Assayas weaves a brilliantly intricate tale of love, loss,…
Adored this. My favorite kind of messily indulgent and vulnerable filmmaking. It’s so audaciously open, wrestling with the dissolution of a marriage while embracing and dissecting every shitty conjecture made about her by the press. No wonder it was panned.
“I noticed the hole.”
The hole in the wall acting as portal to the marriage’s past joys, failed hopes & everything in between is brilliant. Jolie turns our voyeurism of her & her marriage into a cathartic bit of foreplay, slowly bringing…
Never truly takes advantage of its “Carrie” vs Jason premise and it’s mostly very dull but that last act is killer. If confusing as hell. Easily my favorite Jason design though, these effects are out of this world and the camerawork is often stunning. Some of the most evocative imagery in the series. So close to being pretty great but it never quite comes together. Lots to like though!
I let this sit for awhile and as it did, it slowly became one of my favorites of the year. In many ways, Schrader’s most romantic and maybe hopeful(?) film while keeping with the righteous anger that permeates throughout his filmography. Also his most accessible while maintaining an oppressive alienation, it’s remarkable.
Its themes aren’t as sticky and defined as, say a First Reformed, but lets you draw your own conclusions and we’re all better for it. What he’s…
We spend so much of our time here chasing vindication, adoration, money and material possession in a capitalist existence forever intent on crushing us. Doesn’t matter how high up you reach, you’re always a tidal wave away from being swallowed whole. Sometimes all it takes is a good meal, a meaningful connection and five seconds to slow down and breathe to truly appreciate how hilariously futile it all probably is. Chew a little slower and hold on a little longer, those are the life changers. The rest is out of your hands.
Hang every frame of this in the fucking Louvre.
Daniel Eugene Crain was born on August 26th, 1966 to Angie Torcaso. By all accounts a happy and healthy child, Daniel grew up loving Star Trek and The Six Million Dollar Man. Initially dropping out of high school, Daniel eventually received his GED. When we meet him, he’s living in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Mae Elaine Streussnig was born on September 9th, 1968. A confident and competitive child, she grew up roughhousing with her six siblings and participating…