An American living in Paris, my goal is to see 365 films in the cinema every year. See my Instagram account for more info: @1.2.3.wtf
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well this movie is a thousand pictures.
Notturno is a documentary that consists only of images filmed for 3 years on the borders of Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, and Syria. The cinematography is often stunning and the images convey perfectly the poignant story of this time in place, though the lack of any unifying theme and absence of narration, extraneous dialog and music make the 100-minute run time noticeable at moments.
It's like the smell inside of someone else's dresser drawers: extremely personal but not at all for me.
This film about euthanasia of an elderly parent was good enough to make me uncomfortable (the filming of the elderly was incisive and, as the son of two aging parents, there were moments that hit close to home), but there were too many random subplots that were introduced and all but ignored that I felt the film was getting forgetful in its old age.
Am I really the only one who noticed the character of director Roland Pollard seems like a reference to director Roman Polanski, making Rainy Day an inside joke from one sex offender to another while the young Elle Fanning trots about the film throwing herself at older men?
This fact aside, however, at least it's still a shit film. Every character (apart from the one played by Selena Gomez) is Allen so we're subjected to a parade of bad…
We've seen this film 2012 times and the day after tomorrow it's not impossible that there will be yet another geostorm in a teacup.
But the first two acts of Greenland are more suspense than disaster and the film is all the better for it. Director Ric Roman Waugh does a great job of building tension around how people act in the face of a world threatening event and the sense of urgency rubs off on the viewer.