Brick is basically what every first time feature filmmaker should try to make. By that I'm not saying everybody should make a self aware noir inspired crime thriller high school movie, I mean in terms of how, for a movie that was made for a really low amount of money (roughly somewhere around $500,000) it's got such a clear direction and style that doesn't feel restrained by the budget. It's very clear it had a small budget, but it compensates…
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Punch Drunk Love is something utterly special and maybe the most bold thing I've ever seen. It's something I don't think anybody could replicate, at least not in this way. I'm sure at the time, the very idea of PTA going right from Magnolia, this 3 hour sweeping drama to two years later making a weird 90 minute rom-com starring Adam Sandler was quite a weird shift.
Punch Drunk Love is disorienting. The film is constantly shot with super high…
Meek's Cutoff is an anti-western, by pulling away from the glamour and stylisation of Western cinema and framing it as more mundane and bleak. Rather than being a playground for cowboys and gunplay, it's expansive, bleak, hopelessly draining and wholelly unremarkable. Reichardt uses that setting to show a group of people on the edge, desperate and afraid and feeling totally lost in the world. The expands of the world and the need to survive pushes them to their most animalistic…
Please can every movie have such an in depth, insightful making of documentary with it. Like this is incredible, covering everything from discussions about film vs digital, to location scouting and costume design, to the importance of the mix and sound design. Covering the process of casting and securing a studio, to the press tour and release. It's so excellent that Arian Johnston movies have these documentaries accomanying them and it just proves how he and the people he works with just give such attention and care to what they do.