Love the cinematic medium but have long felt its largest drawback is the inability to accurately represent introspection, especially when it comes to translating how the human mind confronts the difficulties of conflicting thoughts and actions, but this one does it like no other. It’s also impeccably made and doesn’t waste a second. Very, very pure cinema to say the least.
"I'm not sorry. And I'll not apologize. And I'd as soon go to Dublin as to hell."
Every so often a film comes along and completely redefines our expectations of what cinema can be. For me, one of these was Barry Lyndon. In September 2015 I caught it on TCM and was transfixed. Never before had I seen a film crafted with such care and precision. Two viewings and 17 months later, my opinion of it has only improved.
The ultimate ballad of unchanging behavior. Kenneth Lonergan is a genius. Didn't think I could possibly love this more than I did the first time, but I do. Maybe I'm a freak, but somehow, despite it's emotionally gutting subject material, this movie doesn't depress me nor get me down. I don't know why. The extent of its realism just shocks me and puts me in a trance. In fact watching this tonight resolved the uneasy feeling I've had for the last couple of days. The script overflows with empathy. Without hesitation, a masterpiece.