Good Time

Good Time

first time's for the plot, second time's for the construction. particularly in the middle section, when you realize just how fully the Safdies have pulled the rug out from under you after constructing what initially seems to be an impressive, if predictable, foundation (particularly regarding THAT reveal; it's a pretty wonderful thing when Hitchcock's famous "bomb under the table" thought experiment about suspense is reversed to great effect). plus on rewatch it's easier to get lost in Pattinson's eyes. darting, piercing, purposeful, like the film they drive.

also, I doubt LB is going to allow me to log the Safdies' "Pure and the Damned" video, featuring a CGI Iggy Pop that doesn't so much cross the Uncanny Valley as tumble into it Homer Simpson-style. the real attraction here for me though is seeing Pattinson and Safdie as these characters again, making me realize how much I came to care about them in the film proper with little forced characterization. plus, you get what has to be one of the weirdest pieces of deeply affecting emotional buildup in recent filmed entertainment. great stuff.

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