Canada's own SLACKER!
It's not nearly as moody/grounded/intricate/perfect as De Palma's first installment, or as fun as GHOST PROTOCOL, but my lord, has a new precedent been set for action set pieces. The helicopter sequence is literal insanity (especially in IMAX), and bless Tom Cruise the god for channeling his weirdo energy into becoming the closest thing we have to an actual superhero. Crown the legend already. Crown him.
How refreshing to see real, weighty, human action instead of CGI soup. Who would've…
APOCALYPSE NOW x THE LAST OF US x 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY x UNDER THE SKIN x MISSION TO MARS x STALKER x THE THING x SOLARIS x THE VILLAGE x STARGATE x ALIEN. And yet... entirely its own brilliant concoction. Smart, adult, uncompromising.
The closest a film has come to depicting an acid trip, I think. Unnerving and scary as all hell. The score felt like SICARIO’s blended with ARRIVAL’s; foreign, alien, beguiling, almost welcoming, beyond tense. Shouts to Portishead, and RIP Johann Johannsson. Portman reeeeally improving as an actor - incredibly committed.
2018 in film basically already better than all of 2017.
I don't believe I've ever seen a film that's equally cruel as it is empathetic to its characters. Watching these identities unfold -- or not -- becomes, stealthily, an almost unbearably draining, unsettling experience. The interplay of gender and class with paranoia and vulnerability here is something of an unprecedented chemical reaction; a serene, realistic waking nightmare.
Imagine having this much confidence in your storytelling, pacing, form, and ambiguity... BURNING is essentially the cinematic equivalent of negative space. It's the…