I only give 5 stars to films I've rewatched.
Favourites are my most recent 5 stars.
Film Soc Week 6
Ah, such gorgeous filmmaking. To this day, Hero's wielding of colour is unmatched, a kaleidoscope of operatic performances and impossibly graceful movement. Quite possibly Zhang Yimou at his most masterful, the craftsmanship a sight to behold.
However, I want to dedicate this review to grappling with the politics, which many (including at my screening) viewed as problematic. Hero has been accused of being a call to arms to recapture Taiwan and other satellite states, that its…
Happy Year of the Dragon - 恭喜发财！
God damn, one of the absolute best animated films I have ever seen! Essentially Chinese Amadeus, only the Salieri character (Gao Shi) isn't wracked with jealousy and learns how to live proudly in his own right. Him and Li Bai have such a fascinating friendship, growing apart then coming back together every ten years, shedding their arrogant skins and finding their humble place in the world - and the heavens! I guess Li…
I chose to rewatch Past Lives on the train because i just knew that travelling opens me up to the perfect emotional state. Seeing the sunset over the fields as the train sped back home, matching with the character's own sense of movement through life, really enhanced the experience. There's something to be said for watching films while moving, I think I might find it more rewarding than sitting still in a cinema. Let's put cinemas on the trains!!!
Just a really fun British comedy with fantastic actors. I was honestly only interested in watching this because of Olivia Coleman and Jesse Buckley, otherwise I would probably have passed it up. Without them this would likely not be nearly as enjoyable, since some of the supporting cast were iffy at best. But it's definitely a very intriguing story with a really cathartic ending.
I have to be honest here, the cinematography makes me cry. No other film manages to make me so emotional at the seemless fusion of visuals and audio like Blade Runner achieves. Through the dense cloud of cigarette smoke that interlaces itself in the eternal rain, Vangelis's intimate jazzy jungle of symphonic synthesizers grow through the cracks of the decrepid buildings of this gorgeously dystopic city to create a world of dread and beauty.
This is a film of moody…
I've seen this film about 10 times purely because it was the go-to film for my Religious Education lessons. But watching it in the cinema for the first time (and in 4K no less) was a whole other experience.
The way the Watchowskis manage to seemlessly blend the intellectually intriguing nature of philosophical monologuing with the excillaration of cool and campy Gun-Fu action is nothing short of cinematic perfection. It's a wonder how well the two blend together.