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This film is unlike much else I've seen. Already tempted to add it to my Top 200 just off a first watch, for how bizarrely funny, sad, and poignant it is. Visual depictions of daydreams, a family of workers & artists all trying to prove themselves in one way or another, and an overarching idea that ties together the at first seemingly unrelated and random moments presented.
To me, the title "The Taste of Tea" speaks to a constant. Like the…
So much of this is SO bad, but there's also some actually impressive stuff as well. Pretty cool production design, and John Cusack starts the movie with what seems like a very oblivious "un-self aware" performance, but turns into something actually pretty insane because of how HARD he is acting.
The Samuel L. Jackson in the mini fridge scene is now one of my favorite "bad/good" moments in any movie - and if that sentence sounds weird or intriguing to you, then you might just have to give this a watch!
It's taken me 3 viewings to FULLY comprehend what a genuine masterpiece this is... First viewing at Telluride, I was overwhelmed - focused mainly on the centerpiece REVELATION of Kristen Stewart's performance. Second and best viewing, also at Telluride (free compliments of NEON + Larrain/Stewart Q&A), I was able to absorb more of the emotion - I felt the score much deeper, laughed at all the cute & wholesome moments, and bawled my fucking eyes out a handful of times. This…
What a mad, mad, unbridled, untamable, beautiful, mess of a film...
Saw this last night, and still thinking about how to even rate this. When it's good, it's GOOD. And when it's bad, it's... bad. Where Eggers prior films are consistently amazing from first frame to last, The Northman feels so much more like a mixed bag the entire way through. In a way, I hope the studio interference really WAS the culprit behind the film's shortcomings, because then at…