UM SO i just went to the German premiere of Beale Street and met Barry Jenkins after the Q&A and he was super lovely and we talked about Wong Kar-wai for a bit AND THEN he noticed my Good Time t-shirt and asked if he could take a pic with me and send it to Benny Safdie..... think i've reached peak letterboxd guys thank u and goodnight x
Even as I could feel myself falling slightly out of love on this watch - a lot of the screenplay grates in its obviousness - there's still something genius about the film as a whole. The director’s cut is so useless because it implies that Donnie Darko is a puzzle box to be solved (and then solves it for us) rather than a shapeshifting crisis of adolescence (cultural, sexual, spiritual, psychological, ethical) that needs to be felt to be understood,…
A film about an evil capitalist’s attempt to master and commodify nature being foiled by dino fury… except it’s not really that, because Spielberg has so much sympathy for h̶i̶m̶s̶e̶l̶f̶ Richard Attenborough’s character that he can’t bring himself to be seriously critical, and instead directs all his thematic interest towards the dull (borderline insane) arc where Sam Neil learns to love kids. On the other hand, Spielberg does direct the shit out of the scarier scenes, and the animatronics are still incredible. I wonder what Martin ‘Theme Parks’ Scorsese thinks of this movie.
Bill Nighy: You see, son, all the men in our family have the ability to time travel.
Domhnall Gleeson: What? What about the women??
Bill Nighy: *chuckling softly* oh no son, that would give them narrative agency! Anyway have fun using your powers to get away with being a total arsehole, manipulating and stalking women while you craft yourself a perfect life formed on the basis of exploitation and lies!!
The Letterboxd reverence for this film terrifies me. This should not be talked of as a 'great' film, and is wholly unworthy to be spoken of as a masterpiece of cinema. Words like 'controversial' and 'problematic' don't cut it. To employ the "we can separate art and artist" argument is to willingly ignore the film's Nazi content. To claim it is a film about how awful the Nazis were is plainly disingenuous. To defend it as objective documentary is wrong,…