'This is so metaphorical’
Never Rarely Sometimes Always 2020
'Does mom know you're here?'
Eliza Hittman has done such a terrifyingly great job at visualizing the way society takes away women's agency over their own bodies. Autumn even looks at herself the way somebody else would: eyes, nose, lips, tits (adjusting the bra strap that's just a tad too tight), belly. She punches it until it bruises, swallows a handful of pills, pierces her own nose to try and regain some control.
The same culture that produced clinics where…
Bong Joon-ho is not concerned with subtlety. His messages in Parasite don't need to be unpacked through thorough analysis of camera angles, sound design or editing motifs. The film’s most blatant symbol - some sort of mythical philosopher's stone that supposedly brings our protagonists, the Kim family, wealth and prosperity - is outed as such from the get go, explicitly called out for its metaphorical value. And that's its only value: the way in which the characters handle this piece…
La Chimera 2023
It took some time but I think this is becoming one of my faves from Cannes this year.
Don't Worry Darling 2022
boy that harry styles sure can sing
I absolutely love Christopher Nolan as a director. I think he's a brilliant, visionary artist who, throughout his career, has been able to surround himself with other brilliant, visionary artists and has mastered his medium to a point of reinvention. His films break boundaries of genre, of blockbuster versus arthouse, of linear storytelling, of digital versus analogue. He blends metaphysical thematics with tight, gripping action in ways that show his immaculate control over his work. I'm constantly in awe of…