Aronne Ibarra [On Hiatus...Of Sorts✌️]’s review published on Letterboxd:
A couple of years ago, I stopped caring so much about birthdays because I felt celebrating belonged to a little child's amusement. Just yesterday, I told myself that this day was no more special than the other. These many months which have seemed to last for a bitter eternity have imprisoned me within the colorless motions of my own life, the ambivalence of my own mind, the madness of the world, and the brokenness of my spirit. I have changed. A lot. But today was quite different. It's better than most days I have had in a long time.
Today I turned 18. While it will not be better or worse than the time I turn 19, 20, or so on, the one thing about birthdays in general that seem to always creeps its way into my head, like some voice that whispers louder than it usually does that one time in a year, is that I'm reminded that I get closer to the end. Sure, I get older everyday but the realization of being here still on the anniversary of your birth is quite something to behold. There might be no other date on the calendar that makes you think more about how far you've come and how far you still have to go simultaneously than your birthday. This is, more than anything, a day reserved for reflection. And the annual film of my choice to help me meditate has been an experience long time coming—and I pat myself on the back for this—Don Hertzfeldt's It’s Such a Beautiful Day.
Life as a dream, life as a passing comet, life as an incoherent verse, life as a routine, life as a collection for rent, life as it is. Is this what life flashing before your eyes at the moment of death feels like? If it is, how indescribably beautiful. I wish I could talk about my first taste of Hertzfeldt's magic but the truth is I can't yet and I'm too sleepy to actually try. I plan to write a longer review for this amazing film not too far in the future. I want to thank all of you in advance for your warm greetings and for everything really (as I'll be deep in my sleep when this comes out). You guys are the best! Watching this film and sharing my thoughts with you have brought me great joy. Today was such a beautiful day.