I loved HIGH LIFE. I’m not saying it’s my favorite film of the year, but it might be my favorite film of the year. It's a thought-provoking and poignant film about artificiality, hope and redemption. Claire Denis is defiant in how she goes about exploring those ideas, which may be challenging, but they're surprisingly accessible at the same time. Specifically, the irony of how Monte ended up on the spaceship to begin with, to then regain a part of himself…
It's been quite the year for documentaries already. HOMECOMING is, on its face, a concert film that stunningly intercuts between Beyoncé's two main performances at Coachella. However, we do see some of the behind-the-scenes that went into making the show happen and what drove Beyoncé throughout the creative process, ultimately making the film more than just singing and dancing. There's a soul to this film that thrives with vigorous energy and it's contagious. The culture on display and what it means for the current moment is remarkable. I quite loved it.
This is the Jake Gyllenhaal show. Or you could argue that it's the Louis Bloom show because Gyllenhaal just disappears. His performance is absolutely unreal and is arguably the best of his career. Louis is creepy, disturbing but also incredibly compelling from beginning to end.
Dan Gilroy's direction is immaculate. Incredible pacing, fantastic sound design and the cinematography is maybe the best I've seen all year. Robert Elswit is great utilizing LA's night light's, neon blares and illumination that almost…
Sometimes you need to go to the moon to get emotional closure. I excpted to like FIRST MAN given how much I've enjoyed Damien Chazelle's previous work, but this film **slayed me**. The direction, the score, the sound design, the production design, the performances - it's all phenomenal.
Ryan Gosling is especially at the top of his game. I thought he gave his career best performance in BLADE RUNNER 2049 last year, and he may have out-did himself already with his work here. Stunning. In every way.