It took me a while to get around to writing this updated review, about a week since I rewatched Days for the third time at the London Film Festival. The reason is that I want to make this a slightly longer, more detailed review than most of the ones that I churn out in half an hour, and I’ve been working on a video essay script (What is Slow Cinema?) that is going to take several days to edit. Moreover,…
Twin Peaks: The Return 2017
Disclaimer: this is one of the longest pieces I’ve ever posted on Letterboxd, as it’s around 2600 words long. I’m not expecting many (if any) people to read all of it, but it was only fair to dedicate this amount of space to a project as long and complex as The Return. If you do decide to read it, I appreciate it, and I probably owe you one.
In the scene that opens the second season of Twin Peaks, special…
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- 2023
The Upper Moons gathering is the most ambitious thing Ufotable ever animated, so glad I saw it on the big screen.
Beauty and the Beast 1979
I watched this twice in the span of two weeks back in November, and it would be an understatement to say that this is the one adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that made me fall in love with the story more than any other.
Juraj Herz expertly uses horror conventions to set up a Beast more terrifying than any other depiction. Unlike in Cocteau's adaptation, where the Beast's castle maintains its splendour under a heap of overgrown vegetation, here…
I travelled to Berlin only to see this. Tsai Ming-liang’s cinema has given so much to me that I thought it only fair to give something back. I was pressed by the desire to finally, for the first time, see one of his films on the big screen, and motivated by the confidence that none of his previous works had disappointed me. I was not expecting disappointment, but I was also not expecting this.
Funnily enough, despite the fact that…
Not the type of film I'd have imagined myself giving such a high score to but, honestly, at a time of such drought when it comes to big Hollywood epics, RRR was such a breath of fresh air. It does everything right and then some. I'm drawing from a small sample size when it comes to my own knowledge, but this is probably the most accomplished (live-action) action epic of the past almost 20 years, at least when compared to…