This is a monumental debut film. His use of raw sounds and lightning is captivating. This film has a soul, which is hard to say for all of van Sant’s films. Maybe amateur spirit gives birth to the boldest of creations. 4/5
This movie is certainly a great accomplishment for its directing, amazing cinematography and editing. Every visual element seems to be perfectly placed and used to its maximum value. Despite this visual perfection and a quite thrilling story, the film as a whole fails to ignite deep emotions in the viewer. Maybe it is due to it being too visually sterile, it almost feels like too much. 4/5
retreat into some silent space
and work it all out by myself,
the voice said.
You should stay here and continue doing
what you are doing
and work it all out
the difficult way.
The easy way
save your soul
the difficult way
save your soul
and a few others.
So, this is your choice:
Salvation by yourself, or
together with others.
From Jonas Mekas’ masterpiece As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
I can't think of a better film to write about that could help me tackle my writer's block (both academic and leisure). I have been excited to see this film because of my admiration for A24's streak of brilliantly original and lucrative films. It turned out to be much more than that.
John Cameron Mitchell, about whom I didn't know much about except for his side roles in TV comedies (lately in Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle), has done a great job writing and directing this amusing sci-fi-comedy-romance-musical. Who would have thought that a film about three coming-of-age punk kids (who give this whole film a weird In Betweeners crossover feeling) in 70s Britain crushing an alien party could be this delightful? Elle Fanning is flourishing in her role as the cute rebellious alien who is curious to discover "the punk". In this film, you will find great music and costumes wrapping an amusing sci-fi romance story and being served with a sauce of lovely cast.
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Learn to love solitude.
One of the most stunning documentary productions I have ever seen. Shots are ever more beautiful and commentary is lighter compared to the first one. The latest technology has allowed them to take the viewers to locations that were impossible to reach. The behind-the-scenes footages are also perfect. One side effect of watching this documentary series is that it makes you seriously question your life choices, if they, just like mine, including sitting down in libraries, doing obscure research on trivial matters.
Edit: Comments from New Yorker (Feb 12 & 19 issue):
"The nature documentary 'Blue Planet II' is oceanic in topic, tone, scope, and majesty. A production of the BBC Natural History Unit, the seven-episode series flexes it's broadcaster's mastery of a genre that it created. Over excellent footage shot on a circumglobal photo safari, the venerable narrator David Attenborough orates zoological narratives as if delivering a state-of-nature address. 'Blue Planet II' follows the network's 'The Blue Planet', from 2001, but it is less a sequel than a subsequent quest, like Apollo 14."
This is a great film; and one that is very hard to watch. It arouses many mixed emotions: from love, to dislike almost to the point of disgust; from admiration to beautiful colors of the film to the irritation caused by the same genre of colors in the little motel room of miseries that the films two main characters share. Only thing I didn't like about the film is the ending. I expected the film to be more political, as the root of all the disasters portrayed in the film could be tracked down to the grand social injustice problem, and at times, it gives us that angry feeling, like when the kid and her mum gives the finger to the helicopters carrying unnamed rich people. But in the end, it offers us an escape that goes through Disneyland, a route that is acceptable for a kid maybe, but one that is not admirable.