I need to disclose right away that I love The Great Beauty. This made seeing Sorrentino's follow-up, Youth, not only highly anticipated, but also probably set my expectations unfairly high. With that said, I can say that this film impressed me from start to finish and left any lofty expectations far surpassed.
Sorrentino's camera and the way it moves and observes every character (major and minor) and location (expansive and detailed) in Youth reminds me how great cinema will always…
70mm Roadshow Edition
This film seems to be a culmination for Tarantino. It takes many elements from his previous films and both masterfully perfects and viciously amplifies them on one grand stage. The experience of watching this film was like taking the suspense of the incredible first scene in Inglourious Basterds and drawing it out over three hours, allowing the tension to ruthlessly twist my stomach into knots. Let's just say I was thankful for the intermission as momentary relief…
Dreamily slow, but hypnotic with visceral imagery from start to finish - each frame is like a neon painting. I would say confidently that the lighting and cinematography are the bigger stars than Gosling in this. In combination with the lighting, the amazing Cliff Martinez score adds a sense of dread and impact that was very Kubrickian - like a mix of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining shot in a dreamland Bangkok. I also felt the influence of John…