very healthy human who has not looked away from a screen in eleven years.
Just the kind of stupid-but-intriguing premise I love to waste my time on. I doubt I could've handled even five more minutes of this. Doesn't overstay its welcome but never quite lands the joke or the sentimentality either. Just a movie I watched to watch and have no major complaints about. Peak Second-Leg-of-a-Long-Flight Cinema.
Leads a little too much with its heart if that's a thing. You can def feel the autobiographical moments as this occasionally moves away from an interesting and honest portrait of a fraying family to an overly saccharine recollection of family memories.
Still absolutely loved these performances for the most part and am bumping the score a little because it snapped me right back to the part of my childhood I lived in rural Arkansas in a way that it never even occurred to me I could see on film.
Holy Hell. That this film could weaponize irony, sweep you up in a spacey drunken dream, and ground your heart to dust without any title cards is just astonishing.
Murneau was a master. I don't really have anything to add to the conversation about this film. I'm just thoroughly impressed.
(Also the poster LB chose for this is wonderful!)
Fuck it. Not sure if it's a perfect film, but it does literally everything I love in movies.
It is insanely bold. Imagine just dropping a silent film in the middle of your masterwork and it totally paying off? I always feel like there's so much risk in making these vignette movies. I watched MYSTERY TRAIN earlier this year and fell head over heels in love with the first section,"Far from Yokohama." It colored the rest of the movie for…