Finally got to revisit one of my all time favorites after reading the novel on which it's based. Jim aka Dubthrone courteously hosted me for a conversation about it in his 16th Edition of Collokino. It was a delight to revisit and refocus on.
"There's something I know when I'm with you that I forget when I'm away. Tell me, my love. Did you wish for me to come back and live with you again?" -Captain Smith
Almost 15 years ago this was my first Malick film. I must have been in my last year of middle school or thereabouts when this picture floored me and wracked my young mind with feeling I was unequipped to fully collate. I didn't know how…
Lowery's lastest is a meticulously shot, unyielding yarn that doesn't care if you lean in or lean back as it marches forward unrelentingly. Absent any care for lucidity, ones interpretation of meaning is just as important to viewing the film as keeping your eyes open. Deep wells of mythos are laid bare, and almost instantly left behind. With the nonchalance that speaks to either mastery or foolishness (perhaps both? This is particularly why it's "good".) Patel doesn't even glance back…
No substance to content. One of the most droll and uninteresting high profile pictures in a long time. Everything felt mashed together without cohesion, the socio-economic and political points made were undercut by it's very narrative. The basic premise of Triple Frontier watered down with moments that are poorly stylized and seem to belong to entirely different films. I don't know what movie everyone else is seeing because this was as close to awful as I've seen from…
What a killer way to teach someone how to cope with death.
I was wrapped up in Midsommar the entire time. It felt like an unflinching and uncompromising bit of autership that rubbed me in all the right ways, regarding death, paranoia, loneliness, fear, desire, and unspoken truth. As of now I like it more than Hereditary. We'll see if that's true on rewatch.
Super rich world, very tapestral and nuanced. The attention to detail with a particular side character suffering injuries made the world feel incredibly real. Ari Aster is out here making movies that will transcend generations.