23, Film Student • He/Him
-This is it, Joel, it's going to be gone soon.
-So what do we do?
This was a film that for me understood perfectly finding the balance between the beauty and the melancholy of its story. This is a woman fearing the results of a test confirming whether or not she has cancer, but rather than wallow in the downbeat nature of its premise, it never feels like an overly miserable watch, preferring to focus on the beauty of life and the connections and conversations that form us. One sequence in particular felt like a…
There’s something so beautiful to me about films which take an inherently bleak concept about death, and use that to tell an inspiring story about life instead. Akira Kurosawa has such an innate grasp of humanity and emotion and nowhere is this clearer than Ikiru. So many beautiful scenes and heartbreaking moments that come together to make such a fascinatingly beautiful tale of a man coming to terms with his own mortality and the manner in which he had lived his life. Takashi Shimura is absolutely incredible, and even into the third act his presence looms large over the entire film.
I was actually really pleasantly surprised by this. When I saw it was the director of the La Llorona spin-off I wasn’t exactly filled with hope, but it seemed an interesting premise and I love Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in these roles, and honestly I found this to be right on par with the others in the main Conjuring series (not including the spin-offs, this was far better than any of those).
What has always separated the main Conjuring…
Can’t wait for Bong Joon-Ho’s The Aristocats remake coming 2023