Barista: living, writing, and working in KC; chipping away at literature, film, and culture.
The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.
My Mom died of COVID on October 20, 2020.
Ever since I've known I needed to rewatch this movie. It is a film I have watched probably more than any other film. It still sticks with me even though the person I am now and the person I was when I first saw it in theaters almost a decade ago are so very…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As a remarkable film, A Ghost Story is a lot like its main protagonist, always teetering on the edge between existence and slipping away. There are multiple points where it seems like the sublime nature of the film is going to be drowned out by its own weight, whether veering into the pretentious, sappy, trite, or overwrought. This might be most evident in the extended monologue on nihilism near the film's center but peaks through at several other moments; the…
The extent of the physical transformation that Jeff Goldblum goes through is a staggering accomplishment of the effects. This is perhaps most approachable of Cronenberg’s body horror works but the intersection of the bodily deformation, the discourse on the flesh, and the question of abortion and penetration all make for a much more weird and transgressive piece than many mainstream films.
At least two things are tricky in storytelling about the creative process. The first is telling a story about an artist producing the story you are seeing. The second is the trope of the artist struggling to make that one good piece of art. The problem with the first is that it can create a distance between the audience and the characters: are we watching the characters or only the characters that the characters crated. The problem with the second…
“Daddy, can we only know half of the truth?”
We only get to live the life we live. We can’t go back and see if we would like how it turned out if we did things differently. We can’t find out if things would have worked out another way had we not made a little mistake that seemed meaningless in the moment. We can’t be a different person just because we want to be. Yi Yi is all about these…