A film remade as Takashi Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris, this Korean original is perhaps less wacky (there are no musical numbers or claymation), yet still funny as hell with plenty of "Oh shit!" moments.
I was into the first half or even two-thirds of this until it became more of a straight-up thriller. There wasn't enough of any one thing. Still, this morning when I saw trash in a shopping cart for my apartment residents' use, I thought of this movie.
A frustrating case of false advertising, Godless is a pretty standard Western with some conspicuously pretty shots (riders crossing a stream! our hero literally riding off into the sunset!) and few surprises. So many opportunities are lost as the central characters remain violent white men with "complicated" back stories. Some women are characterized better than others (I wanted to know more about the woman running the hotel; meanwhile, crazy, naked German lady gets a last minute "fleshing out" in the…
Sarah Gadon's face is everything in this series; my favorite scene remains the first, where her expression shifts to match the perceptions of both those who condemn and those who support her. I can't even begin to delve into the ways in which Alias Grace is relevant now and likely always will be.
More proof that Margaret Atwood (nice cameo!), Sarah Polley, and Mary Harron are the shit.