8-year-old me: Draco Malfoy
10-year-old me: Edward Cullen
13-year-old me: Prince Caspian from Narnia
19-year-old me: Thomas Shelby
22-year-old me, an intellect: Jef Costello 💦💦😋😍
Quiet dramas circling relationships between parent and child have always managed to hold a special place in my heart—films such as The Florida Project (2017) and Petite Maman (2021). I find myself seldom resonating with films nowadays, which is why it was a delightful (and heartbreaking) surprise to chance upon one of the best ones of 2022.
Aftersun will gently lead you through a current of parental anxiety masked as a coming-of-age. The sound design, acting, and cinematography is nothing short…
Hamaguchi does capitalism!
Besides that, not as captivating as his other films are. The pacing of this just doesn't feel as justifiable, but I love how we're seeing a new(ish) rising auteur in our generation.
The plot is interesting but the execution doesn't seem as polished. It's saving graces are the score, cinematography, and that ending 🙌🏻
Can't wait for the next Hamaguchi film in cinemas!
Quick story before my thoughts on the film.
I have a childhood friend who constantly brags on his social media about all the girls he brings home and what a “player” he is. Lately, he posted a Facebook story saying “Yes, I’m a playboy. But I have respect for women. That's why I can always take a NO” followed by the words “NoToRape," "AttractTheRightMen," and "Surround yourself with good guys.”
It’s these stupid fucking microaggressions that make movies…
“I'm not homeless, I'm just houseless."
Nomadland is an intimate portrait of the times, and I promise you that there is greatness in Chloe Zhao’s filmmaking. Her technical prowess is able to capture a gorgeous dreamlike landscape in the unconventional life of Fern. The way that the film is stunningly beautiful but still captures the grim and dirt underneath its fingernails is a staple in Zhao’s expertise. There is irony in the fact that you can find peace in a…