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Favorites: Recently loved films.
My ratings spread is weird, my taste is weirder.
Starts out with a moment of silence over a montage of Chadwick’s appearances across the franchise ending with the studio logo, Marvel itself personifying and mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars, which frankly made my stomach turn a bit. It’s not the first moment where the sudden death of T’Challa parallels the death of Boseman, and the studio as an idea lining itself as a mourner sickens me. Luckily, the funeral scene for the actual character of…
Guadagnino’s direction and Marco Costa’s editing really shine: classic road movie cinematography with all the benefits of modern lighting are ruptured with smooth, quick pans and sharp The Birds style zoom cuts. The screenplay is where it falters; at first I found its breezy nature amidst the protagonist’s turmoil an exhilarating contrast. But the final few minutes go in the most predictable direction possible in a way that normally wouldn’t bother me, but the second half is so out there that…
Another meandering yet politically charged film that starts out with a clear goal, but gets lost in its characters and themes similarly to Güeros. The heist sequence is gripping and a scene with an art collector later in the film is particularly potent, but I don’t think this one has the same level of control as the previous film did. This one is helped by a compelling performance from Bernal, though.
Time to catch up on the Sight and Sound movies I haven’t seen, I suppose. Starting out with one I should’ve watched a long time ago, though I was show a bit of this in my first film class in college.
It’s stunning, especially the second and fourth acts. The Odessa steps sequence is likely the best filmmaking of its time, the constraint in wide and close up shots constantly disorienting the viewer.
Ayo. A word in the Nigerian language of the Yoruba people meaning "Joy." Ayo brought that joy to us all.
Through his love of film and filmmaking, Ayo was a man all his own. His photography and editing styles created beautiful portraits of the various beautiful people that he saw in this world. Do yourself a favor and look at every single thing on his Instagram (@salvadordarkie), it will move your world.
He introduced me to his favorite film, The…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is gonna be another one of those "I'm not rating this because it affected me more than anything quantifiable" movies, so yeah.
I feel like I spent two and a half hours of my life watching a cinematic death rattle. The first indicator that American cinema as an art only has about a generation left in it before everything is just this warehouse bullshit. Maybe not even the first.
Before I go on all my philosophical ramblings let me…