Structure and tone of this movie is absolutely all over the place. I guess that’s fitting considering its broad themes of nurturing, self-growth (in a very ugly duckling way) and human connection. The way its shot, the glamorous costumes and Bette Davis’ performance are all magnificent though.
"A woman's place is in the struggle" - attributed to Assata Shakur
"The conservative woman! I talk about Bankim and she snores"
The closest reference I had for Satyajit Ray's Charulata was David Lean's British classic Brief Encounter. Both deal with a kind of hidden attraction and repression, although that's about as far as the comparison will go. Charulata almost feels more political. It's the story of a woman whose husband runs a newspaper in British colonial India and how…
I did it. I watched the movie. The movie we’ve all been arguing and snarkily posting about for weeks. And... idk it was pretty good.
I mean this script is a mess. It was either not written enough times or written too many times. It has so many themes and diversions that are just kind of gestured at (including a criminal misuse of Zazie Beetz for a predictable, totally inconsequential “twist.”) Hey! You ever think about class conflict? Mental…
Stressful and exhilarating, like the Safdie Brothers’ past work, Uncut Gems takes us into the world of a self-destructive protagonist. Howie is an aging NYC jeweler and gambler played by a top-form Adam Sandler, in a role that demands both his dramatic ability and his comedic chops. Howie just doesn’t know how to make a good decision, and you can’t help but get wrapped up in his mania, even when you know the stakes. Julia Fox as his mistress is incredible. There’s…