Cruising is an enigma of a movie. Initially, I didn’t think much of the film's portrayal of Steve Burns (Al Pacino) and his encounter with the underground gay leather scene in New York. The primary conflict Burns faces as he attempts to solve the string of serial murders targeting gay men revolves around his gradually increasing psychological trauma and mental disassociation. Yet, the character just didn’t reveal anything personal or riveting to me at the time. Pacino’s performance is restrained…
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The most moved I was when rewatching Harold and Maude recently is not during any particularly depressing scene in the movie, but during a scene that perfectly captures the film’s transience, melancholy, and beauty. It’s perhaps one of the most emotional moments I’ve had watching any film.
After recounting emotional memories from her storied and mysterious past, Maude, ever the spontaneous gal, changes tune and asks, “shall we have a song?” Ruth Gordon is especially poignant in…
I'm thankful that this movie was well-paced enough to keep me engaged considering its genre and runtime (being honest). The transitions between Napoleon's personal dramas and wartime battles/political intrigue kept the pacing entertaining. Did anyone else feel like Joaquin's performance was closer to his turn in Beau is Afraid than embodying anything resembling Napoleon? Something about it felt repressed and wooden. I'm no history buff, so perhaps that's the closest resemblance he could've presented, but it left me disconnected from his character.
One thing about me, I'm a huge fan of films that use an inciting incident to explore deeper interpersonal drama (see: my first favorite movie on my profile)!
I *do* wish the film dove into the marital conflict a little earlier on, since that was ultimately the central intrigue of the narrative. The forensic investigation was interesting, and re-watching the film with knowledge of where the central marriage actually was emotionally is a clever exercise.
I also think this film…
This movie made me so happy oh my goodness...the main character was so well-written and cool and there's obviously a lot of love put into the family's dynamics. This was genuinely funny at times, and I love the little quirks the animators added in! Can't wait to rewatch this, there are a lot of details I'm sure I missed.
SURREAL BREAKNECK HORROR HIGH POP ART MADNESS. I've been fascinated and in love with this movie like most, and I especially appreciate how every aspect is infused with Japanese culture; the music, the animation and effects, the costuming, the nicknames, the house itself, the spirits, the backstory of Gorgeous' family, everything has a feel that so otherworldly and fantastic, and it's AMAZING!