wizard of loneliness.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
such a beautiful thing to come back to as my taste evolves and changes, and also as I get older - this is one of the constants, an elemental work following a spiritual dance of men at work which never feels anything less than profoundly exciting and moving. it is intimate and lonely in a kind of cosmic way throughout, capturing the deepest yearning we can feel as it fights and loses to our kind of fatalistic desires ("all I've…
I remember going to see this with my Dad on my winter break in 2010. He lived a few hours away from my Mom, so I didn't get to see him that often. I'd call him every couple of weeks, and in the month or so leading up to the release of this, I must've talked his ear off about it, because when he picked me up that evening, we drove straight to the theater and not home. I was…
"One bag of popcorn, way more than it even deserves, but as you know, there is no such thing as zero bags of popcorn - there has to be a bag of popcorn. These are movies, so, uh, laws of physics demand at least one bag of popcorn. But it is a sad, lonely bag with no salt, no butter, many unpopped corn at the bottom of the bag...a bag of popcorn that is stale, hardly able to eat. It is a horrible, horrible movie."
brain-breaker - performance as a weapon, questioning what purpose / value of recreation serves for things like this, poring into the layers of serialized abuse, where does one even begin? started writing about how Haynes locates the nuances of these characters where they would almost certainly be sanded off by any other filmmaker, but then realized that is the bleak reality of the film and for the viewer, one which is wholly realized in the closing frames; that a story…