“Better get going.”
This is an attempt at a better formulation of my thoughts than my first review.
Columbus is quiet. Tenuous like the relationship it hangs around. It’s like a loose collection of memories of a relationship, all these random scenes, the mundane and the messy. It’s a story about love but not a romance (which is always my favourite type of relationship on film so i’m biased).
It’s sort of awe inspiring to watch. It is…
I saw this at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.
As a kid I loved visiting lighthouses and seeing the lamps. They refract light in such an absorbing way - turning it into little rainbows and distorted shapes. You could stare at them for hours. The lighthouse is like this, in some ways. You just can’t look away.
It is absorbing and relentless. Beautifully, beautifully shot (on 35mm). Every closeup is dripping with gritty detail that you can almost smell it. The shot composition and intense monologues steam roll you through it’s runtime. It’s nasty and vulgar and ridiculous. Kind of a romp!
has all of the important parts of any 2000-2005 teen movie:
- really poor surface level jokes
- questionable outfits
- black and/or gay people existing only to do a beauty transformation on white girls
- a banging soundtrack
- simple plan
- not one but two white dude romantic leads
- romantic subplots that are incredibly unrealistic
- bicycle stunts!
- David Bowie cover