It Chapter Two is a definite improvement over the first film, though not by much. For one, Chapter Two feels more tonally cohesive, there's still a lot humor mixed in with the horror, but it doesn't distract from or derails the tension like it does in Chapter One. And whereas the first film was a joyless experience, with the exception of a few unintentionally funny moments, this film actually gets quite exciting and surprisingly heartfelt in its third act. But…
The Lighthouse is 110 minutes in runtime, and each minute is more demented than the last. Shot in gorgeous yet striking black & white, on 35mm film; director, Robert Eggers, and actors Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, work together to produce one of the most shocking, visceral and trippiest of experiences you will ever have with a North American horror film.
Parasite is admittedly a film I admire more than I like, and to be clear I really like this film. It's one of the most unique and dynamic films to come out of the 2010's; closing out the decade in a big way. It's one part dark comedy, one part thriller, and one part socio-economic critique, and director, Bong Joon-ho, seamlessly blends them all together into one bold and unforgettable masterpiece. I think if I hadn't been raptured by "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," the night before, I would've loved this even more than I did, but I still love it nonetheless.
I'm only one film into his filmography, and Akira Kurosawa has already made a strong impression on me as a director. If the rest of his films contain the same amount of artfulness and poetry as this, I can't wait to get through all of them.
His favoring of long and medium shots seemed jarring at first, until I realized that not only does it help to accommodate the numerous characters on screen, but it also drew greater attention to…