Film 15 of the festival (I missed the second half of American Honey) which is the number of films I've logged onto Letterboxd for the rest of this entire year.
If he hasn't done it already, The Salesman solidifies Asghar Farhadi's place in contemporary cinema. A Separation is justly praised, and while The Past isn't universally acclaimed, I think About Elly is pretty solid. And The Salesman takes a quick spot between those top two. And as I soon found…
Independence Day x Interstellar
For what is essentially a big budget not-quite-blockbuster, you can't ask for too much more. A nice fun ride which was a welcome break from all this other "festival fodder."
And it does push the needle forward in terms of what we can expect from these types of films.
Let's be real, this is more a work of art than anything some old French or Italian dude painted a bunch of years ago. You don't have to watch any other movie to know that this is the best Sci-Fi movie ever made. One of the best movies, period. Amazing shot after amazing shot, through the entire film. It only takes you about five minutes into the movie to realize you are watching something truly amazing, and Kubrick doesn't disappoint.…
This is a very powerful movie, led by a strong lead performance by Peter Mullan. He stars as Joseph, a rageful and violent man who is starting to see his own flaws but can't seem to change. He meets a woman, Hannah, and the movie documents a transitioning time in both their lives.
I kind of put off watching this; these intense emotionally painful movies are not what I'm usually in the mood to watch, but this wasn't as hard…