I actually had a lot of time for the second act. A little cliched, but it was tidy, and I liked Cooper. But the third act was genuinely like watching someone molest a family member.
I think my favourite ridiculous thing about it is that the villain wasn't just stolen from the greatest sci-fi film ever, but that in order to disguise it they took the two most recognisible things from the greatest sci-fi film ever and fused them into one thing. "No on will ever notice!" they gleefully cheered. Everyone did. Even people who hadn't seen said greatest sci-fi film ever.
@Josh - Which subjects in particular. Synecdoche is admittedly almost entirely within a genre of its own. Do you mean films about art and life? Films about lifetimes?
It's very hard to specifically think of any film that tries to engage with the exact issues this does. But I'd certainly…
Agreed with Ruth, it is superbly made and acted but has an insulting level of self-importance to it. But the world is a better place for it being a film, I'll say that much.
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Transformers: The Movie
- Batman Begins
- The Host
- The Big Sleep
- The Big Lebowski
- Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit…
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…
A list of every film watched by the Movie Night group, one of Dublin's most devout collectives of film viewers, since June 2007.
Cinema outings are not included, all these are home viewings. In all cases a quorum of three was required, otherwise it didn't count as a Movie Night night.
He was Odysseus! Odysseus can't die!
However, how he survived Ronin I will never know!
I still cannot believe he survived National Treasure. Biggest shock ever!
Obviously Game of Thrones is TV, so doesn't count. Um...
The Field: Chased off a cliff by a herd of stampeding cattle (spurred on by his father unaware of his son's location)
Caravaggio: Throat slit.
That's all I've got, though there's definitely more.
I did my MA thesis on After Life. It has so much to say about the nature of life, death, memory and cinema that I was barely able to scratch its depth. The scene where Aratta realises she has destroyed her own happiness and throws a freaker on the rooftop, spilling snow everywhere, is the best, and most human, moment Kore-eda has captured.
Working my way through these, have Hana and Maborosi up next.
A little shocked to see After Life ranked 6th here - it's ranked number three... on my list of ALL-TIME FAVOURITE FILMS!