The last time I remember being moved in a film in this specific way was probably Synecdoche, New York. I felt the character's struggle so inherently and his flaws resonated with me both emotionally and intellectually.
Very great use of colour, placing a character with suppressed anger issues in a red world. And the cinematography was spot on and thematically sound, the shallow focus blurring out the entire world, creating a tiny enclosed personal haven for Theodor to reside with…
Believe it or not I have gone 20 miserable years on this measly planet without ever having seen The Blair Witch Project. I had been put off by the vitriol on both camps, those who love it and hate it. There was the initial hype then the backlash then the anti-backlash and then the backlash all over again. Luckily for me, I am good at divorcing myself from all the things that are not the actual film when watching.
Let me start by conceding that there were a handful of good action set pieces and a scene or two of tension, when the cinematographer decided to turn the lights on and keep the camera still for long enough for me to make out what was happening.
However, the film is very serious and 'gritty' and purports to some semblance of naturalism (as opposed to something more goofy like Ong Bak). This turned me off to much of the violence,…