What a great movie!
This is a film where the characters are allowed to breathe. And at the same time the movie weaves 5 or 6 different stories together, and more themes and constructs than almost any other film in recent memory.
This is an amazingly tight script. There is so much referencing of events and monologues from earlier in the film, and so much foreshadowing.
The performances are all top notch, and the music is used very well to…
A meta film if ever there was one. The plot is about an has-been French director that is trying to remake the 1915 silent film LES VAMPIRES. He can't find any French women to play the iconic female lead, so he hires Maggie Cheung (who plays herself).
This is a mesmerizing film. The camera work is matched only by the narrative structure in terms of dizzying audacity. There is only the basic outline of a plot here, but the ether…
World building. This is what I take away from CHILDREN OF MEN. Alfonso Cuaron did such an amazing job of developing the world in which these characters live, that it is hard to think of them anywhere else, even though they are not that far removed from the world we live in now. I'm not a huge fan of BLADE RUNNER, but Ridley Scott did the same thing there.
Of course this film is visually stunning, if not a bit…
DDL brought to life one of cinema's most memorable characters, horrifying and sympathetic.
Johnny Greenwood created a complex, neurotic, and mesmerizing score.
Robert Elswit shot a film rich in texture, specific in pallet, and gorgeous beyond belief.
Dylan Tichenor cut a film in a way that could have told the story simply through edits.
PTA wrote a script that is obtuse and defiant. It is dense, yet accessible. Its a period piece / character study/ parable / cautionary tale /…