The mix of how methodical Aldrich buld up is with the shock effects is very effective. I appreciate how it is presented as a murder mystery but not exactly a whodunit as much as an exploration of doubt.
It is a fascinating case of synchronity that The City of Lost Souls and Time and Tide come out at the same year both Asian action films fascinated with the notion of Brazil as a place of troubling renewal. As usual, I think Miike's most engaging work is the one dealing with Japanese diáspora so this remains very engrossing and his low budget inventiveness had yet to show any signer to calcify as it would start doing in the back half the 00s.
Things I've learned from Marriage Story:
a) Lawyers are evil.
b) Los Angeles is disgusting.
c) Brooklyn Woody Allen has way less self-awareness than he thinks.
I have very ambivalent feelings about Baumbach whose obvious talent at staging individual moments always get undercut by a narcisitisc loathesome personality (he is Bogdanovich minus the warmth). Going at a more mainstream approach doesn't eliminated that as much as drawn them in some Hollywood leftovers sentimentality that pretend it isn't (at least until…