Second viewing. This time in IMAX. Best movie of the year.
Completely original and hypnotic depiction of humanity's passage through time and space, seeking comfort and meaning, which proves only to be temporary. Ultimately it's a journey of grief and loneliness, leading to a vanishing point. More an episodic poem than a traditional narrative, the film thrives on an unwavering commitment to stillness and quiet.
The film's humanism lies in its bold inversion of the ghost story/suspense format itself -- rather than provide the audience with an emotional exorcism of fears…
Coppola's amazing work is a feast for the eyes, the ears, the heart and the mind. Masquerading as part Southern gothic horror, part suspense, and part melodrama, the film is really a unique entity to itself -- an incredibly entertaining yet subtle exploration of gender equality, sexual awakening, and the rail-thin balance between peace and war within our own homes as well as society.
Like a more palatable Cronenberg film, Coppola injects an awareness of both the pleasures and the…