A life in one hundred sixty-four moments.
A life in one hundred sixty-four moments.
[this is kind of a review wrapped into a long profile of Mike Mills, The National, and Alicia Vikander. but long story short the film is beautiful and you should watch it]
The National were supposed to take a break. They sure as hell deserved one. After 20 years of tirelessly burnishing their reputation as the country’s most consistent rock band — after selling almost 1 million records, becoming President Obama’s de facto campaign soundtrack, and laying down the definitive rendition of “The Rains of Castamere” along the way — a little time off sounded like a good idea. The National had just released “Sleep Well Beast,” their emotionally fraught seventh album, and this traveling circus of middle-aged dads was…
sometimes I think about the places i’ve been. my childhood home, now occupied by people I don’t know. I wonder if their child treasures that room as much as I did. I remember it as massive, but it’s much too small for me now. I wonder if they ever sit under the tree in the backyard, a place that used to be my only solace on sweltering summer days. the branches are thinner than I remember.
sometimes I think about the places I desperately long to be again. in the arms of my lover. her arms were always shorter than mine, and I was at least a head taller, but I always felt safe. small. at ease. she loves someone…
"I used to fall asleep to you talking to me
I don't listen to anything now
Nothing to do with us
I'm just so tired of thinking about everything
I'm not afraid of being alone
I just don't know what to do with my time
Between you and me,
I thought it would all last a little while longer
"But I'm learning to lie here in the quiet light
While I watch the sky go from black to grey
Learning how not to die inside a little every time
I think about you and wonder if you are awake
"You don't know anything
I think about you way more than anything else
I'm not that spiritual
I still go out…
Feeling big, small, scared, at ease
For a film to make me cry is quite an achievement. I have the tendency to keep emotions inside and to myself instead of just throwing them out like that but for a 26-minute short film to make me choke up numerous times throughout by using nothing more than images, sounds, and texts, is nothing short of amazing.
Mike Mills short film I Am Easy to Find is something close to a music-video but like most experiments in that medium these days, not quite like it at all. For example, the short isn’t structured around one specific song or an entire album; instead, it uses fragments of songs from the band The…
mike mills is such a wonderful storyteller ah that's poetry luv x
depressing and utterly beautiful
Elsker ambitiøse projekter og the national, så den var sgu meget nice!
I don’t usually go for arthouse projects, but this... this is truly special. I have never once, in my short life of almost 25 years, seen or felt something as moving as this short film within the arthouse umbrella. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this sad without actually crying.
It’s haunting. Redeeming. It’s incredibly scary but simultaneously uplifting.
This will stay in my mind for the next week at least and I have no doubt I’m going to come back to it to remind myself of my own strength. Something which I find easy to forget.
Keeping the character looking the same age throughout the story poses an interesting idea about being a human: everything around you changes, not you.
Side note: Alicia Vikander accomplished more range in 26 min than most actors in two hour feature films.
one of the most beautiful pieces of art ever created. i’m currently crying. the most special viewing i’ve had since i saw moonlight in theaters when it came out.
life is gorgeous.
“Oh, the glory of it all was lost on me
'Til I saw how hard it'd be to reach you
And I would always be light years, light years away from you”
I wonder what the second half of my life will look like, if I'm granted one. One never knows.
My viewing was colored by the fact that I never had children, and most likely won't at this point. All the memories she had that I won't. All the ways her life came full circle, being on the other side of all the things that happened when she was a child. Reexperiencing them from the other side helping to provide context, understanding, and completion.
Or so I think.
But we all have the trees and lost loves.
All the moments i thought were so wrong, unacceptable, ugly... shown to be beautiful. How much of my currently resisted life will…
When will Mike Mills direct my entire life???!
My chest feels heavy.
Beautiful photography. Excellent editing.
I had never listened to The National but this got me hooked.
How did this manage to make me feel so raw? So scared?
I hate and love the accuracy of the little moments presented here. Our first lie. Our first "i love you". The fights between our parents. Being married isn't always lovey-dovey. Changing best friends. Understanding old things in new ways.
Most media presents us with a small part of someone's life. Few mainstream media (Benjamin Button or Synechdohe come to mind) deal with a whole life.
This manages to do it in such a gorgeous, poetic, raw way.
It hurts. I'm kinda anxious. Some of this has happened to me. Some of this will happen.
Is everything gonna be alright?
i hope so
mary🦋 389 films
It was hard but I put a stop at 99 minutes (constantly updated)
slinkyman 250 films
I noticed that there wasn't a list for this on the website, or at least, I couldn't find one.