John's Gone

Shot on their signature long-lens-steadicam style, there's never a moment of relief. There's always a movement, a sound, a character doing something that I don't understand. Pure disorientation. It's just that... they seem to be very inspired by Cassavetes. His characters are also a mess navigating through a messed up world, but Cassavetes lenses his subjects with an endearing quality. They ugly but lovable in their ways. Safdies' characters are, for me, a mess without lovability, making me despise them. And I'm just always super unsure what to think of their films, which might be their best quality, but I truly have no clue. Wonderful digital cinematography though.