My first revisit since I saw it in the theater and by golly if this ain’t a perfect movie.
I’m only half way through this rewatch - I originally rated it 3.5 stars which means the movie must fall off the rails but I remember feeling euphorically connected to it when I watched it in the theaters and feel similarly now. No better depiction of emotional volatility than this imo. Completely sincere in ways that makes cool kids cringe but I love it so deeply.
Aspect ratio as psychological box or whatever is a silly, shallow gag but this movie has so much more going for it. I think it’s huge.
For the second time separated by almost exactly one year, I found myself sobbing with Alex as Akiko chanted to him. The scene comes about an hour into Christopher Makoto Yogi’s 75 minute masterpiece August at Akiko’s and its emotional power, like the entire film, is mysterious to me. So I felt compelled to write about it which I don't do a lot. Why does this movie rock me so much?
Set on the “big island” of Hawaii the film…
A couple years ago Brandon sent me the script to A Dim Valley, his third feature. It was characteristically precise and moving. The film is the same and I'm proud to have worked on it as a producer and editor (with Pisie Hochheim). When Brandon makes a movie, the sets are as tranquil as the films themselves, he does all the scheduling and in his words "absorbs the stress" so that others don't have to feel it. His demeanor on…