There's a particular sequence in Nomadland that convinced me this is the quintessential movie of the 21st century. We're shown a movie theater in a small Midwest town, and the marquee indicates The Avengers is playing there. Fern, a nomad who had to leave her house after losing her job and lives in her RV, stands in front of the movie theater, contemplating its big facade. This scene brilliantly represents the clash between the so-called American dream - the mystified…
"The Piano Teacher" is a woman's sexuality in nightmare form. But it's no less intriguing or fascinating.
Haneke brilliantly tells us the story of Erika, a 40-and-something woman who lives with her controlling mother. It's shown how disturbing their relationship is, which includes numerous arguments and physical altercation. One can see that violence is something common in their home because right after the daughter punches the mother's head, they're already laughing and hugging each other and talking about drinking coffee…
Olivia Colman and Elena Ferrante are the true protagonists of Maggie Gyllenhaal's adaptation of Ferrante's book The Lost Daughter. Ferrante's book is a compelling character study of a middle-aged woman haunted by emotional scars and psychological emptiness, creating a deeply wounded personality that could have originated a fantastic drama. Unfortunately, Gyllenhaal's directorial debut is just too cold to capture the depth and painful warmth of the conflicting emotions of the lead character. Also: with constant flashbacks and uninspired dialogue, Gyllenhaal's style offers nothing new. Olivia Colman gifts the film with substance, but her amazing work is not enough to make the film overall impactful.
Once upon a time in Tarantino's mind...
"There really is no story; it's just a day after day in the life of three people and we kind of hang out with them".
That is, ipsis litteris, what Tarantino told the New Zealand Herald when asked about the movie plot. And that's not a small thing. That's something very important to take into consideration before watching this movie.
Forget the revealing, character-developing dialogue. Forget the non-linear narrative that becomes solid and…
You cannot capture a man's entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.
Writing about Mank is difficult. Difficult, because talking about it requires approaching the myriad of subjects touched by Jack Fincher's carefully written screenplay. David Fincher's most personal project so far is bold, audacious, and aimed at a specific target audience - for that reason, I do not consider the movie particularly accessible or palatable, because it tells the story…