Heaven is overrated. There is nothing there.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is best described as an ambient movie. Utilizing simple and easy to digest eastern philosophies, it explores the totality of one life, and the interconnectedness of all life.
Above all else, this is a visual story. The lush green tones range in emotional significance rather impressively. The shot composition is solid, with every frame feeling balanced, intentional, and significant. The more surreal shots somehow feel…
Very well made. Very upsetting. Maybe a mistake for me to double feature this with The Piano Teacher. Too much misery for one night.
I feel this would've been better if squeezed down to an hour. After a while, the tension just didn't hold for me. Still, I can see myself rewatching this in the future. So maybe it'll hold up better on my next viewing. And I'm very excited to see how the 2007 version holds up.
I have no feelings. Get that into your head. If I ever do, they won't defeat my intelligence.
I've been meaning to watch The Piano Teacher for some time, but kept putting it off because I worried the subject matter would be too uncomfortable for a positive viewing. Fortunately, my good friend Ty Pierce (follow him @BabeIsAGoodPig on Letterboxd!) encouraged me to start looking at Michael Haneke's work, and I'm so glad he did. I'll be watching both of the…
Some people were born just so they could be buried.
At first, I found the movie to be a little corny for my taste. I don't normally go for narration, especially not in this style. That said, the almost campy vibe that the intro put off contrasted very nicely to the first of Willard's flashbacks, and effectively set the tone for the rest of the film. Kind of Lynchian, in the way it looks at the underbelly of 50s Americana.…