i am, like literally every single person on the face of the planet, sick to death of covid. i'm tired of checking my county, state, and country's case and death counts every day, i'm tired of wearing a mask, i'm tired of the anxious voice in the back of my head wondering if tomorrow is the day i get sick (even though i've been fully vaccinated for a few weeks now), and probably most of all i'm tired of the…
“People don’t really connect, you know. We all live totally separate lives.”
The wave of internationally successful Japanese horror films released in the late 1990s to early 2000s (often referred to as J-Horror) gave life to a new global vocabulary of horror, one of ghostly women in white dresses, unresolved grudges, deadly curses, and supernatural revenge. While these tropes existed in Japanese culture and cinema for hundreds of years, it was only with such works as Hideo Nakata‘s Ringu, Takashi…
There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.
A very conflicting film. The first half is astounding, a sweepingly poetic landscape of nostalgia for the past and excited hope for the future. The production design and cinematography are predictably breathtaking- I've thought fondly about that shot on the poster ever since I first laid eyes on it. Ennio Morricone delivers his best Leone score, second only to Once Upon A Time In The West.
Yet almost immediately after we're reintroduced to our adult gang of characters, the film…