I wish this wasn't all one film. I understand why it is, but I want to recognize the greatness of parts one, two, and five without hailing the film as a masterpiece, because it isn't. This is one film, despite it being made up of six chapters each with a different narrative and set of characters. None of them felt out of place per se, I definitely appreciate what the Coen brothers were trying to do here - but part…
This felt very conventional. It never dove as deeply as it should have into the many things it tried to be about, largely thanks to the very detached and directionless editing style. Hedges was good as a young man whose identity is being repressed by his parents and the church, but that repression is almost never believable because it misses the deeper underlying issues. A film I just rewatched today, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, dove subtly but deeply into…
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Here is my meager attempt at gathering my thoughts about this brutal masterpiece into one place. Also, shoutout to my homie Cristian for bringing up some of the ideas I talk about here too.
Phoenix's performance is one of the best of the year. That's not saying much as the year is young and I've only seen 18 films released this year so far. It would have ranked among the top five had I seen it last year. It's a…