An exploration of the treacherous forking paths that lead into adulthood, and the elation and the desolation they contain. It fully encapsulates the dichotomies of young adulthood. Millennial malaise and magnificence. Finding yourself and losing yourself. Finding love and losing love. The connection and dissolution of family. The urge to create and hating everything you’ve ever made. Running towards desire and walking away from indifference. Wanting more and wondering if it’s better to settle for less. Needing to hear the…
“We artists are after the truth, and the truth can be cruel.”
In Jacques Rivette’s masterful adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s story “The Unknown Masterpiece,” aging artist Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli) has been unable to paint for a decade, and his expected magnum opus “La belle noiseuse” has laid dormant for years. An art collector, a young artist, and the young artist’s girlfriend Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart) visit Frenhoefer at his home in Provence and, without Marianne’s knowledge, arrange for Marianne to…
I can really understand if, with "Knight of Cups," people feel Malick's style is ossifying, that he made a pretentious perfume ad, and that he filled the film with inexplicable cameos (Nick Offerman, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Dan Harmon, Kevin Corrigan, Erin McGathy - it's a comedy nerd's fever dream!).
But, for me, "Knight of Cups" was an immersive, visually ravishing depiction of one man's spiritual and emotional wrangling in an artificial world, and his Pilgrim's Progress toward, if not enlightenment, than at least contentment. It's beautiful and visceral visual poetry.
An impressively deranged and frenzied fusion of "Eraserhead's" surreal industrial dread and David Cronenberg's body horror. A "metal fetishist" attempts to put a piece of rebar in his leg and then, seeing the wound infected with maggots, runs into the street, where he's hit by a car. The metal fetishist avenges himself by causing the offending driver to grotesquely grow metal from his body, before returning as a kind of supervillain. Director Shinya Tsukamoto touches upon themes of dehumanization and…