Love watching and making these things!
Birth of a Nation 1983
David Leland understands how the system fucks up kids. Good workmanlike filmmaking all around -- it's no Made in Britain, but there was only one Alan Clarke.
Beau Is Afraid 2023
Enjoyed this for about the first 45-60mins then the next two hours each had a good scene, surrounded by half-baked self-indulgence ranging from eyerolling twee meta-interludes to endless bludgeonings of Adult Swim style violence.
Sorry, but with the observable demotion of movies within the "what to do with my time" landscape, I find it essential for filmmakers to make sure their extremely personal vision is on a base level ENGAGING an audience. Viewers don't have to "approve" of what they…
Drive My Car 2021
A few nice moments and a deluge of middle brow pretense has everyone drinking the kool-aid on this! Wow the interplay of ideas between Chekhov and certain resonant experiences in the mildly tragic but also beautiful lives of these characters….bro we’re talking about a 10-minute car ride convo with nothing going on narratively or visually besides the slightest interrogation of storytelling, symbolism, memory and life-imitating-art with a sliver of mysterious implications regarding potential adultery. These matters are so unbelievably slight!…
Had to watch it again for the zillionth time and it’s actually still pretty good lmfao
Imagine the rating you, the presumably free-spirited filmlover, would give this if there was an A24 logo at the top... All these 2.5-3.5 star ratings WITH A HEART would become 4-4.5 stars with a heart. “I loved this...it was so dumb” or “I loved this, but I could see why people would hate it” would just be “I loved this!” without the imagined fear…