UM SO i just went to the German premiere of Beale Street and met Barry Jenkins after the Q&A and he was super lovely and we talked about Wong Kar-wai for a bit AND THEN he noticed my Good Time t-shirt and asked if he could take a pic with me and send it to Benny Safdie..... think i've reached peak letterboxd guys thank u and goodnight x
I didn't think I could be any more desperate to be on a dancefloor amongst sweaty, loving bodies, but here we are. Tensions simmer away at the narrative's edge, but this film is basically just the party it centres on, and its pleasure is in the total immersion in the dynamics and the music, which is a great mix of dub, disco and reggae. It's at once perfectly evocative of a very specific time and place (Ladbroke Grove, 1980) and…
An absolutely essential film about the need to speak and be heard, mixing poetry, personal testimony, song, dance into something like nothing I’ve seen before. Laugh-out-loud funny and then chilling, and challenged me to think properly for the first time in ages about whether I’m being as true to my own desires as I could be. Might just be my new favourite documentary.
Bill Nighy: You see, son, all the men in our family have the ability to time travel.
Domhnall Gleeson: What? What about the women??
Bill Nighy: *chuckling softly* oh no son, that would give them narrative agency! Anyway have fun using your powers to get away with being a total arsehole, manipulating and stalking women while you craft yourself a perfect life formed on the basis of exploitation and lies!!
I can’t remember the last time I was so totally immersed in a film. Everything in this insane, anarchic riff on Lord of the Flies is crafted to perfection - the raw direction; the textured, breathtaking (really, I forgot to breathe) cinematography; the immensely physical performances; Mica Levi’s elemental score, outrageously topping her outstanding previous work. Monos is exhilarating, mesmerising, terrifying. It’s possibly one of the best films of the decade.