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Woody proving once again that no one writes the coward quite like him- Micheal Caine is delightfully shitebaggy and I love the way this ended with him wallowing in self pity, refusing to follow his lusting passion at the fear of what others may think- if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. There’s something sadly real about this, as there is with most things Woody. Loved this.
Woah this is sick. I can’t remember the last time I saw a gangster film this original and creative, especially from the UK. Ben Kingsley is beast- felt like one of those horribly dementing, pestering entities of a character that is found, at the end, to not even exist and is all in the protagonists psych, or something like that. Obviously he is real- a living nightmare indeed- and tension in the wake of his departure is genuinely riveting, and an underwater safety deposit robbery ensues that is cool as fuck. Get this one seen.
I liked this but it’s not as good as Hereditary and nowhere near as good as The Wickerman- I watched the latter a couple of weeks ago and it, perhaps, killed this experience for me. The good bits in Midsommar are blatant copies and re-workings of scenes from The Wickerman and the not so good bits are, well, the original ideas. I do still take my hat off to Ari Aster at his ability to continually depict and articulate family…
There’s many ways to look at this film, but most recently I’ve liked to view it as a metaphor for social media clout chasers- those who virtue signal and those who feel the need to constantly portray themselves as being involved, active, and up to date with matters that are, in fact, completely insignificant to their narcissistic agendas. In other words: where there’s misery there’s margins- but margins can be social or political, not exclusively financial. Idk. Just don’t be like Lou, for fuck’s sake.