Exquisite style and visual invention. Everything about the look of this movie bursts with personality.
The first twenty minutes had me excited it would be an all-time favorite. The joyous energy is infectious. But the movie is made up of four acts that take place over the course of a surreally long night, and it seems most people agree that the acts diminish in quality as the movie goes on.
The reason, I think, is that the titular girl-who-walks-on becomes…
"God forgive me for what I've done."
Easily the most disturbing Bergman film I've seen so far. Really well written & directed, a lot of great acting, some extremely graphic scenes - especially for the time period. There were a few goofy moments in my opinion, and in one seen there was a bit of "overacting" from a character, but overall this was a very effective and memorable film - 7/10.
It was...pretty good, although rather disappointing in my opinion. There certainly is a lot to appreciate: the cinematography and lighting, the production/costume design, makeup effects, the score, the overall sense of ambition in the filmmaking. Unfortunately I found myself completely uninvested in the story and really did not care for or connect with any of the characters. Honestly could not understand a good 70-80% of the dialogue, there were quite a few scenes where I had absolutely no idea what…
Wanted to watch this based off of that amazing title and the plot description alone, but I was immediately taken aback by how nihilistic and acidic it is.
Every single shot in the film is dense with information, but each of them seem to be distracted from the story. In the first section of the film, they consistently and slowly pan away from our protagonist and over to a wall of logos and advertisements, decaying architecture and infrastructure, and/or something…
A reckoning of a man and a country at a time when sex was becoming more commercialized and the sex industry was more public-facing than ever. Watching a devout religious man have to grapple with this new world, personally invested now because of his fear of the worst thing imaginable in his daughter being a part of it, you see him slip into the world with a surprising amount of ease.
Man, what a mixed bag for me.
On one hand, damn, the movie's story just didn't do it for me. Considering that it's two and a half hours long, that's a big issue for me.
On the other hand, BECAUSE it's so long, it gives you a lot more action scenes than the first film, and not only are there more of them, but they're even better than the first.
Seriously, these are some of the most white-knuckled action scenes ever put on screen. If you have the time and you like martial arts films, I can't NOT recommend this movie to you.
☆"If you want out, you put them down. All of them."☆
Some day, these bad guys are gonna learn to stop attacking one at a time.
After the success of The Raid -- the bare-knuckle action adrenaline fuel I devoured last night -- director-writer-editor Gareth Evans comes roaring back with his follow-up in 2014, The Raid 2. This was the film he always wanted to make from the beginning, allegedly, an epic sprawling crime thriller with an artistic style, a…
How do you keep things fresh in a sequel that merely has a body count in the hundreds, compared to its predecessor, which had a body count in the thousands? (stats have been independently tabulated by the Price Waterhouse Cooper accounting firm)
Well, you gotta add a little panache to your kills, and give your villains some cool tools to wield and inevitably have turned against them.
My name is Rama, and before I put my foot in your…
Yi yi/A One and a Two" (2000) Taiwan, colour, 173m.
Directed by Edward Yang.
Not a minute too long.
The same amount of characters as in Robert Altman's cinema. Come to think of it, during this watch I thought several times that it reminded me of just Altman, but not entirely. This one is also partly different.
PERSONAL, if I could use one word only.
A completely different world; modern-day Taiwan.
But also familiar and relatable. It went on for…
THE FAVOURITE (2018) UK, colour, 119m.
Directed by Yorgis Lanthimos.
Watched 2019-02-28 at the big screen in a real movie theatre, thanks to Folkets Bio, Umeå, Sweden.
THE FAVOURITE is grandiose and beautifully shot, fully comparable to a Kubrick costume film and spiced with a hint of Alice in Wonderland.
Photographed through glorious fish-eye lens.
A terrific watch.
Spooktober Day 20:
Wake in Fright is a journey into hell. Or to be more specific, the personal hell of a man named John Grant. It is a film that at one point was practically lost, as the master negative had disappeared.
I watched Wake in Fright on October 20, specifically the Masters of Cinema blu-ray from Eureka Entertainment, and whoa. This is one of the most unsettling films of the 1970s.
Directed by Ted Kotcheff, it is an adaptation…
I watched Sean Baker’s Red Rocket on March 2, and wow. This is easily one of the best films of 2021.
Simon Rex is Mikey Saber, a former porn star who returns to his hometown of Texas City after a years-long absence, because of an incident at his Los Angeles residence.
Rex’s performance as this scumbag is a truly stellar performance. He uses his comedic chops perfectly in numerous scenes, such as a particularly hysterical fight sequence that happens outside of…