Burning ★★★★★

“To me, the world is a mystery”

One of the most haunting, beautiful, inscrutable films I’ve ever seen. Reminds me of the Master only in terms of the kind of cosmic efect it’s had on me in the first 24 hours after viewing. This movie is really really good. I feel like I need to watch it again to really judge whether I think it’s a perfect movie or a masterpiece or whatever, but it affected me on a level the way only the absolute best movies do. The emotions of longing and jealousy and desire ooz into every frame of this movie, every detail of the performances. It’s a very dense, expertly crafted maze that you quickly realize may or may not have a center. But then you move past the instincts to know, to understand, and you connect with it on another level entirely. This is a movie about the unknowable, and our desire to make sense of it and tell stories about our lives. and how that impulse to order an often chaotic work often makes us mad. It’s a movie about masculinity in the age of late capitalism where the rich play to feel alive and the poor live yearning to seek those same pleasures. It has one of my favorite endings ever to a movie. It has multiple incredible performances (especially Steven Yeun). It has on of the most beautiful memorable images I’ve ever seen in a movie — I’ll never forget what it felt watching the camera pan upward over the sunset during the scene with Miles Davis playing. Go into this movie knowing it’s gonna be a slow burn, it’s right there in the title, but stick with it and see where it takes you. This isn’t going to be for everyone but god damn was it for me. FOTY

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