I love me some kino
My favorite film of all time. A devastating crime thriller that highlights the sociopolitical issues taking place at the time, which compounds the utter hopelessness and despair the murder case brings as it pushes its lead detectives to their limits. A tour de force of levity, emotion and pure dread all beautifully encapsulated by stunning cinematography, stellar directing/writing, atmospheric music and incredible performances. The ending shot accompanied by the music may be one of the most haunting cinematic moments I'll ever experience.
I don't know how Edward Yang did it, but he managed to capture life in the most raw, beautiful, and honest way possible. As an Asian person, I never felt that a filmmaker truly understood what it was like to grow up in an Asian family with its culture and way of life until now. Like A Brighter Summer Day, this film takes its time and explores so many topics with depth. Every single character and every single event that's…
I've been on a fucking roll with film noirs lately. From the moment I heard that zither score during the opening credits, I knew this was a film that wasn't going to take itself too seriously. I mean this film is essentially a feature-length Spongebob episode in disguise. Despite that, I was surprised at how emotionally affected I was by the film. I love its melancholic take on friendship and the idea of having to reconcile the fact that some…
I can see why Scorsese doesn't like this movie. Feels way too conventional for someone like him, with the narrative falling into trope territory too much and expositing information like a Christopher Nolan movie. I mean that campfire scene in the cave is one of the most boring, eye-rolling inducing scenes I've had to sit through in a while. That's a shame since I think the film is solid from a technical standpoint with good performances. Even though I rag on Nolan for his antics, Shutter Island is essentially a worse version of Memento that lacks any of the intrigue, creativity, and especially emotional impact.
To the people who like this film:
KEEP 12 ANGRY MEN OUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH
The fucking gall to even make that comparison.
Rather than articulate my problems in a thorough manner, I'll list them:
-Horrendous cinematography that would've been better off shooting in black and white
-Characters are ideological mouthpieces rather than actual fucking characters
-Dialogue that reads like a college essay written for a final rather than a screenplay
-Directing akin to a stageplay with not even a…
I don't know how he does it, but he is able to deconstruct and demythologize American idols and legends without showing any hint of romanticization. Maybe that has to do with the fact that he isn't American, so it gives him a more objective stance. This fictional depiction of Marilyn Monroe shows just how devastating and bleak her life was as well as Hollywood's poor treatment of her. It is only bolstered by Ana de Armas's performance. The film might…