I’ve posted before about the Discord server I made to bring together filmmaking-minded folks from this website. It remains a point of pride of mine, even as I’ve been largely absent from it and have relinquished server ownership to my trusted compatriot Vogels. I’m extremely happy he’s in control, as his motivation is inspiring and infectious. He is now running a new separate Letterboxd account for our Discord server, and actually spearheaded the assembly of this short film anthology I’m reviewing…
I'm well aware that simply having 1000 listed movies on my Letterboxd profile doesn't exactly mean that I've seen 1000 feature-length films (the irony that this, my 1000th movie log and 400th review log, falls on a 7-minute short film, is not lost on me). But I did think that this milestone could be a good time for me to interrogate my love of movies (and finally start paying for a Pro membership).
This actually isn't my first Letterboxd account.…
A stylish and bold discussion-starter. What it lacks in narrative originality or great performances (Stephen Dorff notwithstanding) it more than makes up for with dazzling black and white photography, morbid special effects, subtle humor, and proletariat wish fulfillment. Was prepared to knock the movie for its excessive horniness, but it weaponizes that aesthetic in a way that’s designed to disgust (or at least fascinate) more than arouse.
Sundance Film Festival 2023 #3
It’s able to cajole some laughs throughout and there’s some real good stuff tucked away after a particularly hilarious pivotal scene, but this is mostly full of inexplicable decisions and flat social criticism. Learning that it was written and directed by the daughter of a famous director explains just about everything (she’s not bad in front of the camera! Behind it, however…) Jennifer Connelly does great with the subpar material she’s supplied.
Sundance Film Festival 2023 #2
- “I know I’m poor.”
- “I don’t care about that, Chicó! But if you at least had a degree!”
- “I’m a PhD in hidden sciences, dramatic philosophy, dogmatic biology, charlatanic perversion, electronic astrology.”
the first half of this film is a slapstick masterpiece, like an adult, live-action version of Looney Tunes or Emperor’s New Groove with religious undertones. the entire cast is colorful, magnetic, and impossible to hate, and familiar tropes are turned on their head brilliantly. and THEN the religious undertones…
Whose idea was it to call this a thriller? There’s not a single thrill to be found here — instead, get ready for Charlie Kaufman bitching about how much everyone and everything sucks in spades, plus a constant barrage of quasi-highbrow cinematic and literary references. Like buying a ticket to a rollercoaster only to find out it stays flat on the ground and goes straight ahead at five miles an hour; a legendary disappointment.