Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” is a confounding and bombastic reimagining of the decadence, horror, mystique, and myth at a major turning point in the history of film. From the zenith of silent pictures to the messy beginning of talkies. But “Babylon” isn’t about the abstract wonder of picture-making. It’s an attentive interpretation of the history of the period, refined and emboldened by the deeply personal human reasons that people are drawn both to the cinema and to the environs of cinema-making.…
The New World 2005
"There's something I know when I'm with you that I forget when I'm away. Tell me, my love. Did you wish for me to come back and live with you again?" -Captain Smith
Almost 15 years ago this was my first Malick film. I must have been in my last year of middle school or thereabouts when this picture floored me and wracked my young mind with feeling I was unequipped to fully collate. I didn't know how…
The Boogeyman 2023
Following a couple of screenlife features in 2020’s “Host” and 2021’s “Dashcam” director Rob Savage’s fourth feature film “The Boogeyman” is another entry in the horror genre as the up-and-coming director continues to hone his style and voice. Based on a short story of the same name by Stephen King, “The Boogeyman” was in production limbo after the Disney buyout of Fox. With the writing team Bryan Woods and Scott Beck originally endeavoring on the project after their breakout success…
João Miller Guerra & Filipa Reis’s latest film “Légua” is a solemn piece of observational cinema that touches on transcendentalism through its depiction of three generations of women living in a house they work in as custodial staff. They upkeep a manor in northern Portugal in exchange for room and board, eking out their existence in an increasingly desperate and beautiful countryside. The film primarily depicts the day-to-day life and habits of the women who keep the building running similar to…
Da 5 Bloods 2020
No substance to content. One of the most droll and uninteresting high profile pictures in a long time. Everything felt mashed together without cohesion, the socio-economic and political points made were undercut by it's very narrative. The basic premise of Triple Frontier watered down with moments that are poorly stylized and seem to belong to entirely different films. I don't know what movie everyone else is seeing because this was as close to awful as I've seen from…
What a killer way to teach someone how to cope with death.
I was wrapped up in Midsommar the entire time. It felt like an unflinching and uncompromising bit of autership that rubbed me in all the right ways, regarding death, paranoia, loneliness, fear, desire, and unspoken truth. As of now I like it more than Hereditary. We'll see if that's true on rewatch.
Super rich world, very tapestral and nuanced. The attention to detail with a particular side character suffering injuries made the world feel incredibly real. Ari Aster is out here making movies that will transcend generations.