When I walked out of the theater I felt like this was essentially the equivalent to a Pass/Fail course. It either had to be a 0 star review or a 5 star review.
Hopper's performance here is like a supporting role version of his character in White Star. I mean that in the best and worst way.
I saw this with the director in attendance. Apparently the alcohol Hopper was drinking in the film is real (surprise) and much of what he said was completely unscripted.
It's worth seeing for Hopper alone, and the insanely dangerous car chases.
35mm print. I might be a sucker for films made through the eyes of children, but this one seemed especially truthful and Hou's style is a perfect fit for examining childhood dreams and realities. The plot is simple, a young boy and his sister spend a summer at their grandparents' house in the country while their mother is ill. They spend their days climbing trees, swimming in a stream, searching for missing cattle, and as the official synopsis states "coming…