A very well done little film, with fantastic costume design, lush cinematography and an incredible lead performance by Stewart (one of the best from a 2019 release - genuinely award worthy). It's only held back by it's overly conventional structure and generic approach to some details and plot elements - like the FBI, Mackie's character, etc. - when it should have been tried less to make a "true story" film, be more delicate and incisive, and lean into it's true nature as a paranoia thriller.
"This is how I win"
Uncut Gems. The best release of 2019.
As unbearably taut and tense as it is funny and human the Safdie Brothers have surpassed even their previous exemplary efforts and shown themselves to be some of the greatest young auteurs working.
It is out on Netflix in the UK at the end of January but do not wait; this deserves to be seen on the big screen with cinema speakers. It's a truly staggering film which I cannot praise highly enough. Watch it.
Having seen 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' I have quite a few thoughts, but I shall save most of them for a later piece on the entire new trilogy. The long and short of it is that the new film is just OK - messy, rushed, trying to retroactively force a narrative arc for the whole trilogy that should have been and wasn't planned out from 'The Force Awakens'.
What's most disappointing about the film is that Star Wars…
Stepping out of LITTLE WOMEN, a nagging question lingered on my mind, demanding an answer; why doesn’t this work?
An auteurs vision, crafted in intricate detail, shot with a delicate beauty, and stellarly performed by its cast. I should be enamoured with Gerwig’s latest.
And yet, I’m not. But as with the best, most interesting films that don’t quite work, I was unsure as of why.
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