Current Favourites: top four first watches of April
"With resignation in my heart, I live day to day."
An exhaustive film that depicts the pressing reality that, when the elderly are no longer recognized by the society they live in, when they can’t find the warmth of their youth, and when they are trapped within a cage of loneliness and increasing isolation, the only place for them to escape becomes the past. They live in the same world as the rest of us, but are they ever really…
Dying isn’t simple, is it?
Christopher Makoto Yogi follows up the tremendously underseen August at Akiko’s with something a little more cerebral but no less spiritualistic. His sophomore feature I Was a Simple Man invokes a thick atmosphere which gives nature a palpable sense of character that is beyond rare in American cinema. He places as much value to what is outside of a given frame as he does to what is inside one, deliberately opting for communication through nature. This…
“Are you going to sleep with me or kill me?”
“What’s the difference?”
You can draw lines from the spaghetti western all the way to Miller’s Crossing, Yojimbo and Seven Samurai to Inglorious Basterds and most interpretations of the Robin Hood legend, but Let the Bullets Fly is more than just a cocktail of influences. Rather, it’s a committed display of what can only be described as complete and utter formal excess, backed by a stellar cast and a script so…
GoodFellas has never been Scorsese's masterpiece to me, nor do I find it as moving as his other mob films, but with two eventful years of time and headspace between us, I'm ready to confess that it's likely his most immediately entertaining film — at least up until The Wolf of Wall Street. But for as many hilarious and memorable scenes as there are, the true artistry is found in how they're all stitched and sequenced together in one of…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This had me until the last three episodes. Not that any of the final three episodes are outright bad, I just found it to be a waste. I like the twist/reveal in itself, it works thematically with Satoru's search for a father figure, and that man being the fallen angel of the narrative. However, I do not like how it is built up. I saw the reveal from miles away, probably as far back as the third episode. I figured…
“Then where are my dreams?”
“Beyond where reality lies.”
“Then where is my reality?”
“Where dreams end.”
It’s been a little over two weeks since I first watched this. Usually I avoid logging things any more than a day late, but I needed some time to mull over this. This was not an easy watch for me. Not that it didn’t make any sense, it just started rubbing me the wrong way, to the point where I considered switching it…