Sirk technicolor meets WKW neon.
Hamaguchi's films always feel like nothing has happened and yet everything has happened. 3 hours feel like nothing and everything. His films always dig their roots into me and stay there, a long therapy session excavating so many of my long buried fears, hope and thoughts through the quiet power of his cinema. When I talk to people about his films, I always feel like he helps me to communicate and express myself, and I have always thought cinema was…
So far ahead of its time then, and so far ahead of its time even now. The visual complexity of this film is still unmatched in animation and directors seeking to copy it in live-action (Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan). To say it is a critique on capitalism and the exploitation of women's bodies in the media is honestly far too simplistic a take: just scratching the surface of Satoshi Kon's layered, deconstruction of feminine identity in the age of burgeoning…
I liked this film a lot because it is one of the most accurate depictions of female friendships I have seen on screen. That is a little sad, but that says more about the state of Hollywood and its writers.
But anyway, written and directed by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, Life Partners is about two best friends, Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who are both 29 and navigating their late 20s as best as they can. Leighton…