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Just a sledgehammer of a film. Knock-out performances all round and a design that still impresses. The timing of everything, the pace: it's a perfect ride. Could elements of the story have been better? Yes. I found the characters particularly less loveable than those of other Bong-ensembles, and the film is ultimately not something that will change my life or anything. Still though, the metaphor is strong and effectively streamlines the grand issue of class struggle into something visceral and…
I woke up this morning and it was cold. I didn't want to get out of bed.
I attended my online class. It was frigid, boring.
I went outside. Fucking freezing. Then I spent the entire day wrapped in a blanket.
It's in this context of cold that I put on 2001. Maybe that's why the theme of death kept jumpingout at me, a clinical, distinctly modern death. And time! Death's evolution? Change regarding our perception of it? Because…
Edward Yang's films do this weird thing where they start off mostly ok. Nothing amazing yet, but you're still riding the hype train, so expectations are high. You appreciate his staging and excellent use of colour. You notice how well he films large empty rooms and how effective his use of echo is. But nothing about the story immediately blows you away.
About halfway through the film, which has a fat chance of being longer than your average movie, you…
Basically a panic attack on film. The cruel thesis at the heart of Evangelion is not that man is weak and insignificant: that's already a given. And the show is too smart to further wallow in an age-old observation already mashed to nothing eons ago. Mankind’s insignificance is a broad theme, one touched upon by a wide variety of groups, from the cursed and tortured minds supplying the cosmic horror genre with its eternally towering dominance, to the neck-bearded preacher…