I don't know how to rate this special. It truly is unlike anything I have ever seen before. It doesn't come off as a gimmick or like Netflix is cashing in on Norm's niche brand. Every moment is raw, unfiltered, and bare. At times we see the acknowledgment of mortality behind those sparkling Paul Newmanesque blue eyes of his. The shiftiness in his glances, the otherworldly timing, and that uncanny ability to take you on a journey through the weeds…
A Hundred Unseen Horrors: #58
It's a film that desperately wants to feel retro and Cronenbergesque—which is not necessarily a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the premise and look, and the Electric Youth/Pilotpriest score is outstanding! A handful of catchy synth tunes were added to my forever-growing playlist! And points for the exact poster of The Terminator I have on my wall at home.
The performances range from decent to the mesmerizing Julia Sarah Stone. Visually, there are some strikingly…
A24 has done it again. Seeing Ari Aster was producing wasn't surprising. The commentary on cancel culture, safe spaces, shared faux trauma, etc. Pitch fucking perfect. Hive mentality!
Give me Talking Heads, and you have me.
Nicolas Cage has now stepped into the best actor race. Good lord, he is fantastic here playing one monumental sad sack. The general idea here is incredible. And I dug just about every decision made with it. The final scene is heartbreaking. It left me a weepy mess. God, I loved this.
How can you discuss this without ruining it? As others have stated, go into this one blind. The less you know, the better the experience. Although the crowd we saw this with behaved horribly during certain parts, that admittedly took me out of the film for a bit. Even with those interruptions, I enjoyed this one so much. I want to delve deeper, but I think I will marinate on it a little longer. Georgina Campbell is exceptional here. Zach Cregger, you've made a fan out of me!
I can't say anything. I would leave the scene of a battle for Vanessa Kirby, too. Speaking of Kirby, she's again excellent, elevating herself to god-tier acting status. Joaquin Phoenix's lack of even attempting to do an accent only bothered me for about 3.2 seconds, and then I was immersed in what he was doing with the role. Another top-notch turn from one of the greatest actors of his generation. Napoleon was a brilliant tactician on the battlefield. Had he…