It’s probably the scariest film ever made, and the ending makes me cry. Lynch does more with a MiniDV camera than any other filmmaker has yet been able to surpass with modern digital cinematography. A true masterpiece from a director who exclusively makes masterpieces.
The translation on the New Yorker Video tape of this was a little botched, making the third act twists a bit tough to fully grasp, but Sogo Ishii’s visual language is so strong that the storytelling didn’t even suffer with the unsatisfactory subs. Desperately wish that this had a North American blu ray release. This film is criminally underrated and I feel like without this we wouldn’t have a masterpiece like Cure. Sogo Ishii rarely ever disappoints me.
Daisies is my favorite film, so I'm going to do this review in two sections. I'm going to spend the first paragraph telling you why you should see the film; don't read the rest until you have, and hopefully I'll be convincing enough that you'll spend the next 70 minutes watching it. The rest of the review will explore why this film is my favorite.
Daisies is fun. It's about having fun and the film itself encompasses fun. The editing…
Shane Carruth's previous film, Primer, is a very clinical and cold film, yet nine years later he returns with Upstream Color, a film grounded in emotion and warmth. This is a film with a love story at its core, and like Primer, the science fiction elements are secondary to the exploration of the character's relationship. Since this film hasn't reached a wide release yet, I will spend the first paragraph addressing why one should see it, without spoilers, and then…