There’s a lot to process. I appreciate Anderson tackling some of the big things—it’s almost ridiculously ambitious, even. Trying to capture just about everything—life, God, relationships, community, etc. If I were to guess, Anderson was interested in exploring life during lockdown. Or rather, pandemic lockdowns caused him to explore life within extreme limitations. In his film, those limitations are layered—first, the titular town in the middle of nowhere, but second, within the limits of a stage— the main story is…
I think it was X user @JohnDemetry—who’s been throwing superlatives at this thing for weeks—who made the remark that Snyder will teach you how to watch a film. That’s been on my mind. Because I think it’s right. Snyder’s got all kinds of meaningful visuals in this. It’s the visuals that tell the story even more than the characters. I think that’s why so many just aren’t getting this. Things are rushed, they say. Well, they kind of are rushed.…
From everything I’d heard about MASTER AND COMMANDER, I expected it to be great. But it surprised me in many ways. Mostly, its maturity and quietness.
There’re fewer naval battles than I expected and more time getting to know the crew and the period details of life on the ship.
The sound design is masterful. The score only comes in at key moments, so you’re mostly hearing the waves crack and the ship’s creaks.
Visually, the staging and cinematography make…
Begins with a Chinese immigrant family running a laundromat as they face an IRS audit (it’s a Tax Day movie!) and family troubles.
Then, uh, some stuff happens, it goes insane, then basically tries and succeeds to fulfill the promise of the title. It’s a hyperactive exploration of post-modern mumbo jumbo that literally attempts to solve the meaning of life. It is not interested in subtlety or restraint.
Oh, and it’s also a Kung fu film and Short Round is in…