“Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.” - Pedro Almodóvar
Every time I see an Ingmar Bergman film I’m always so surprised at his ability to speak to the core of the human soul with his rewarding and deeply moving stories about the human condition.
In Wild Strawberries, he takes us into the life, mind, dreams, past and imminent future of a man facing his own mortality while reflecting on his mistakes, accomplishments and regrets with searing power and melancholic truth like no other filmmaker could have. It is such…
It just works. Everything about this movie works. Its dry humor, its clever visuals, its dynamic and witty script, its intoxicating romance. Both Veronica Lake and Fredric March boast an all-timer chemistry together and it is just deliciously entertaining to watch. That ending put such a big and devilish smile on my face. God, this film is good.
First and only Shyamalan film I’ve ever rewatched and I’m shocked at how much I ended up loving it this time. Filled with intensity, ingenious sequences, clever dialogue, committed acting, imaginative camerawork and smart writing, Shyamalan is able to bring it all together in spectacularly unconventional fashion that breaks free from the typical and saturated comic book cinematic approach and delivers a solidly crafted, finely layered picture. And that ending, those closing moments are so perfect, so hard-hitting, so scary, so believable and so enthralling. It’s almost beautiful. Definitely the greatest bow tied finales Shyamalan has ever done.
Exquisite in every sense of the word. Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus has absorbing dialogue, surrealist sequences and intriguing ideas and it explores every single of them with class, grace and prowess. When you look back at it, it’s really a fascinating, sublimely crafted picture. I’m stunned at its excellence tbh.
I went expecting only a marvelous technical achievement but instead I got a riveting, moving and ultimately powerful war film with Mendes and Deakins at their respective bests.
That wasn't one shot though, it was two, maybe three I'm not sure, but it's still very, very impressive.
Newman's score felt out of place sometimes and it was a little bit "typical" if that makes sense but it was still very good and really powerful at times. Deakins work is of…
"He's not a monster. He's not evil. He's just a human being."
That line, perfectly delivered by Sterling K. Brown, perfectly describes what Trey Edward Shults is trying to do here. Showing us what makes us humans. Hate. Love. Forgiveness and loss. But also, how sometimes we can thrive and try to move on. We cannot change the past. We have to move on one way or another.
I understand why this film wouldn't work for some and I get…