One of the weirdest dark comedies I've seen in a long time.
It's both dry and slapstick at the same time. A really odd marriage that somehow worked. Because this thing has no business working.
Very much a trip around Paris in 1962. I think Cleo is moving around the town for about 3/4 of her time between 5 and 7.
I think there is some message about vanity and the male gaze in there but I can't articulate it. All I know is that there seemed to be some kind of mirror or Cleo's reflection for the first half of the film. At least until she meets up with Antoine.
Pretty straightforward story and the entire thing takes place inside of another inn. Pretty similar to Dragon Inn, so a bit of a lack of originality. Still it's playful and executed the way we would expect from King Hu. Visually he seems to be a cut above the other martial arts movies of the 70s.
Stanley Tucci doing Stanley Tucci things. Keaton is good, but I think he is at his best when he gets to be a little wierd. Not that much of an option for that here.
It's a little formulaic just like the main character. Clear setup for this heart of stone numbers guy to start seeing the human numbers. It hits all those notes.
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Littered with plot holes. One instance Kate doesn't kill Renji despite killing everyone else she comes in contact with. You are wondering why that is. Oh it's because the screenwriter didn't have a better way of getting him to the end. There are others, but that was the worst.
... well that was fucked up.
A comprehensive look at the men that went to Vietnam. Life for the them before, during, and after. Well after for most of them unlike Nick.
No cool camera techniques or frills. Just pure emotion. It's just so smart to start your movie with some kind of party or wedding. Put all the main characters together and show the audience how they interact with people.
A particularly brilliant shot is the camera focusing on…