Without a doubt one of the most intense, harrowing movies that I've seen this year, if not ever. It affected me deeply, watching Arielle Holmes as Harley dive into self-destruction over and over again. Certain scenes were rather triggering, and by the middle of the film I felt like throwing myself down the steps of the theatre. But I say that in the best possible sense. The movie was distressing, depressing, but it only goes to show the craft and…
One of Wilder's less known films, but no less well-crafted. It again tackles one of the foremost social issues of the day, alcoholism, without being preachy at all. Delving into Don's psyche was harrowing, but something I could really relate to and sympathize with. Strong characters all around, and one of the most real depictions of alcoholism, and the support system needed. If I had to criticize it, it was that the ending was a tad abrupt. But that detracts little from a fine film.
It's confounding. It's thought-provoking. It's unexpected. All the things a good documentary should be.
Makes you think about what art is; where do you draw the line between creativity and delusion? What makes art?
The documentary in itself is nothing like what I've watched before. It takes your preconceived notions and flips it on your head. Extraordinary.
I'm still blown away, speechless really.
"I think the joke is on... I don’t know who the joke is on, really. I don’t even know if there is a joke."
Ryan Gosling gives a layered performance in a role that hints at the potential he showed fully in Drive. Doing so much with so little, Gosling lays bare the empty life of a drug addict struggling to get by. Shareeka Epps matches him brilliantly as the guarded young girl who won't take no for an answer. Unwittingly discovering Gosling's character Dan Dunne's secret, she ends up being the one holding him up, rather than the other way around. Their chemistry…