Loosely adapted from the Greek myth Oedipus Rex, Toshio Matsumoto’s 1969 arthouse classic Funeral Parade of Roses still refuses easy categorisation. The film centres around gender non-conforming sex workers or “gay boys” presenting as women during the US occupation of Japan in the early 1950s. The film’s narrative mostly follows Eddie (Pita) and her love affair with straight, sex club owner, Gonda (Toshio Tsuchiya); the affair becomes complicated when Eddie enters a sex-induced, raging jealousy over Gonda’s other transgender lover…
Baz was certainly the man for the job. He manages to capture all the pizzazz and intensity of Elvis’ life in glorious fashion. This thing is bloody long but it’s pretty much a front to back of the Elvis story. Not sure I love the function of Tom Hanks’ character here, feels like the gave him a bit too much screen time. Austin Butler is an absolute force.
Cooper Raiff is on fire. He's certainly built on what he started on Shithouse with such emotional intelligence, Cha Cha Real Smooth is a unique display of coming-of-age charm. Every performance lands firmly on its feet, I think we'll get a Cooper Raiff explosion if not now, within the next few years. Very, very sad this went straight to streaming, hopefully we can pile into the cinema for Raiff's next feature.
In Tarkovsky's most personal piece of cinema, the audience is taken on a journey through the mind of one of cinema's true masters. Mirror is a deeply subjective experience, an entirely personal experience for every different person. This is true art; a film that can be analysed to a certain point, until the experience is completely up to the viewers' interpretation.
Movies like Mirror are what make me love cinema. Being a predominantly visual art form, filmmakers have the opportunity…
So I seem to have the same reaction to Tarkovsky movies each time I watch one for the first time, where I will be intrigued by the film although won't be able to gather much of an understanding on it until a second viewing... while this is to a certain point the case with Andrei Rublev (and I can't wait for a re-watch), I found this edition in…