This is the only Godzilla film I've seen where the human drama is as compelling as the monster action. There's so great stuff here about found family, survivor's guilt, the horrifying landscape of post-war Tokyo & the importance of suviving in the face of immense loss. The ending actually got me choked up. But the film isn't all weepy, schmaltzy human stories. The Godzilla setpieces here, especially the one in Ginza, are absolutely incredible. The sheer size, design and roar of…
Master Gardener is a miss from Schrader. There are a few interesting ideas about redemption and racial reconciliation but the central relationship is laughably undercooked. Joel Edgerton gives a terrific, quiet and brooding performance here that makes the film worth watching at least once.
“Theory will only take you so far”
The most ingenious aspect of Oppenheimer is the film’s structure. For the first two hours, the glimpses of Oppenheimer’s security hearing are overshadowed by a series of 20-30 second scenes, like split uranium atoms, create the propulsive energy for the successful explosion at Los Alamos.
But Oppenheimer barely gets to savor his triumph before the film scratches to a halt. The brilliant physicist finds himself discarded by the government, bound by reputation to…
"Whose land is this, Henry?"
"My land...my land"
Killers Of The Flower Moon is an aching, somber epic about a blood-stained American dream born out of treachery, murder & the dispossession of Native Americans. In Mollie & Ernest's cursed love, we see genocidal white supremacy in all its paternalism, greed, & dehumanization. Lily Gladstone's steely-determination to survive in the face of extermination made me tear up multiple times. But it's the ending completely wrecked me. I can't think of another movie where the…