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    “After Yang” (2022): It took awhile to gather my thoughts on this one, b/c the premise is so out there yet touches on many relatable topics. It’s one of the most original screenplays I’ve seen in a long time, though it can’t go that route at the Oscars b/c the material is adapted. Superb world-building modeled through production design, costumes, editing, score, and direction from Kogonada. Not familiar with his work at all, but I’m curious to see more. Colin Farrell anchored the story beautifully, and it’s great to see him doing some of the most interesting work of his career. Jake’s journey kept changing and evolving, though in foregrounding his character’s fight for Yang, Jodie Turner-Smith was left with the mostly reactive supporting wife role, and I hoped more for her. Justin H. Min was brilliant as Yang. The exploration of his “past lives” really captivated me. I was rooting for Jake to discover a way to “fix” Yang, but that wasn’t really sustainable with the way the story was heading. The third act was a struggle, and the ending fizzled. Haley Lu Richardson was great in that arc though. Sarita Choudhury was striking as the museum curator. I love seeing her popping up in various projects and continuing to enliven stock roles through her regal presence and talent. Ritchie Coster was also memorable as the mechanic conspiracy nut. I expected more with the surveillance aspect that Russ represented, but that thread was sort of mentioned and abandoned. Still a dazzling and unexpected film, and I’d gladly recommend it to others. Also, best opening credits sequence of 2022, hands down!

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    I watched The Novelist’s Film today, which may be my favorite Hong??? And Both Sides of the Blade, which may be my least favorite Denis???? Crazy day.

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    Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

    Peter Weir directed film based on the novel with the same name.

    Some dreamy cinematography which won the BAFTA.

    Sophia Coppola was greatly influenced by this film which I can see when I think back to The Virgin Suicides.

    Great mystery/horror.

    The book and movie’s premise is that it is based on real events, when it was just a smart publicity campaign by the publishers of the book.

    Nontheless a very evocative film that captures the innocence of young ladies at a boarding school in 1900 in Australia.

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    The Batman

    Didn’t care about any of the characters.

    Felt like I was watching a “copy and paste” movie.

    For instance, if I wanted to watch “Zodiac” I would rewatch that movie.

    I don’t know who these people are saying the time flies by, because I felt every one of the minutes of the excrutiatingly long run time.

    Didn’t care for Rob Pattinson as Batman nor for Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright as Catwoman and Gordon.

    I miss electifying chemistry in movies.
    And fun.

    Everything is so very serious.

    And literally too dark. It gets boring staring at so many scenes shot so dark.

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    “The Batman” (2022): It’s weird seeing this on HBO when the film is still in theaters, but that’s part of the new normal now, I guess. Can’t help but compare it to previous incarnations against their strengths and weaknesses. Since I haven’t seen much of Matt Reeves’s work (besides the “Let Me In” remake), I didn’t know what to expect from him. There’s none of Nolan’s visual flair, or Burton’s macabre, or even Schumacher’s camp. It’s a straight, down-the-middle “whydunit,” more in Fincher-lite mode than anything else. That’s certainly … a choice that was made. I’d say Robert Pattinson ended up being one of the better versions of Batman. He acquitted himself to the suit and stuntwork like a pro, and I was oddly into his emo vibe as Bruce Wayne. One of these days, he’s gonna win an Oscar, I’m convinced. Zoë Kravitz was awesome as Catwoman. Again, rating her against the gold standard of Michelle Pfeiffer, or even against Anne Hathaway, seems churlish when each actress delivered what iteration of the character that the respective film required of them. Kravitz did the same, and did it very well. Hopefully she reappears in the inevitable sequel(s). Colin Farrell, wow. The current phase he’s in is thrilling to watch. With “After Yang” and some other films of his in the queue, I think he’s doing some of the best work of his career. He got exactly what kind of film this was as Ozwald/Penguin and ran away with the entire thing. I’m more mixed on Paul Dano, who was a bit too try hard in stretches as Riddler. Still memorable and all, but I don’t know. Loved Andy Serkis as Alfred. The “scene” with Barry Keoghan, I’d like some more, plz lol! Jeffrey Wright had a steadying presence throughout as Gordon. John Turturro going against type was cool. Superb casting overall. Odd that this is Greig Fraser’s follow-up cinematography to his Oscar-winning “Dune.” Some great set pieces (the upside-down fire sequence, for example, chef’s kiss!), and then some surprisingly flat ones lit unnecessarily dark. Michael Giacchino’s score was fine, but not one of his best. I was much more taken with the “Something in the Way” motif, which was absolutely gorgeous. I felt the three-hour runtime in my bones, and I recall an era where these films told complete stories in an average of two hours. That’s the Legacy of Nolan™ in a nutshell, and soon the average length will be three-plus hours. At least half an hour could have been shaved here, but this was the story that they wanted to tell, and as setup for what’s to come in the future, I’d say mission accomplished.

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    The Bridge(s) of Madison County (1995)

    1st time that I watched this.

    Was looking forward to seeing all the bridges, but there’s only the one.

    Loved the score by Lennie Niehaus (RIP).

    Liked Meryl Streep’s work here; the gestures, accent, speech pattern etc.
    (Just a bit odd watching her playing an italian).

    Didn’t care for the framing device (the adult children – especially the son – reading the diary etc. Meh) And they take up quite some time at the start of the movie, which made it hard to get in to.

    Otherwise, a beautiful looking movie. Unrushed with good use of sound which brings the surrounds to life.

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    “Zola” (2021): We’re at the point now where movies are being based off of Twitter threads, and it shows here. Super-flimsy road trip movie, and even at a brief 86 minutes, it could have been an even-shorter 40 or so minutes runtime given the content. I think what saved this was Janicza Bravo’s clear directorial vision and casting eye. The surprising interplay between the two leads, Taylour Paige and Riley Keough, made things lively throughout. Nicholas Braun and Ari’el Stachel were fun as the hapless boyfriends. Jason Mitchell had some interesting scenes near the end of the film. Colman Domingo was fantastic and elevated all of his scenes. So unsettling and menacing with shades of charisma and wit to both offset and intensify the menace. Once he lands on genuine Oscar-bait in the right year, he’s winning and sweeping. He reminds me of J.K. Simmons in terms of being a beloved character actor who just needs the right vehicle to take him to the next level. It’ll have to be something far more substantial than this though, but E for effort. I know in hindsight no one on Earth was beating Troy Kotsur in supporting actor, but Domingo would have been an inspired Independent Spirit Award winner, at least.

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    Elle (2016)

    Ultimately hated it.

    Was intrigued at the start, then bored and was left with “wtf did I just watch” interchangable with “meh”.

    The cinematography is pretty though.

    A case of the emperor’s new clothes.

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    Nighmare Alley :

    Beautiful ! I didn’t think I would enjoy Bradley Cooper’s performance that much. He’s fantastic! Cate Blanchett is great as always but not as much surprising as Cooper’s performance of a despicable character.

     

    West Side Story :

    Loved it ! Better than the Robert Wise’s version in every category (acting, direction, photography, choregraphy….). Egort is much more charismatic than Richard Beymer, the writing of The characters are more compelling as well. Rachel Zegler is lovely and fantastic while the true stand-out here is Ariana De Bose (very well-earned oscar !!!), She’s astonishing!

    Spielberg managed to make a new version of a “classic” very personal, more moving, violent, political and gorgeous in every step of the way!

     

    Just to compare the both versions : in The “In America” sequence : Wise filmed it in just one place : it was above all a funny confrontation between men and women from the Sharks’ gang.

    Spielberg transcends the material in that sequence : the characters move in different areas of New York, so the confrontations in the puertoricans couples, concerning their integration, is not just perceptible for us. It’s also highlighted for the other social and cultural groups which cross their dance and become spectators.

     

    Really, It’s a great movie, and knowing this marvellous show bombed at the box-office, like Nighmare Alley, while craps like Venom fill movies’ theatres makes me sad !!!

     

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    I just watched Gifted (2017) last night. A very charming movie, I enjoyed it! Made me think (along with Snowpiercer) that Chris Evans is a pretty decent actor when he has good material to work with.

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    Son of the white mare (1981)

    Absolutely loved it

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    I watched “The Tale of King Crab” last night. It’s a small Italian/Argentinian movie that was at Cannes last year in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. It’s a really good movie, albeit simple. It’s reminiscent of Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” in both tone and themes.  It’s set in rural Italy at the end of 19th century and after a turn of events the protagonist ends up being exiled in Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of Argentina.

    It should be available on the streaming service MUBI in some countries, so check it out.

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    I went in expecting the film to be mid. Films on Hollywood can either be a hit or miss with me. But to my surprise, I had great fun watching it! It is 3 hours too long and Tarantino is an extremely indulgent director (Calm down on the never-ending shots of cars man) but the world-building is excellent. I didn’t have any idea about Hollywood in the 50s, and the film makes you invest in these characters and the world by the end which is a huge win. Also, the cast was packed! I was gazing through all the faces and how they all have come a long way with prominent shows/movies on their resume.

    I enjoyed the film and I won’t lie, the climax took me by surprise. I mid-way through searched about Sharon Tale and was expecting a more tragic fate to seal the film. So in that aspect, I thoroughly enjoyed how the spectacle ended. But had it not been for the climax, I would surely have been disappointed. The plot till then seemed so random and character motivations so underwritten. You could sleep through the first half of the film and you won’t miss anything. Also, Margot’s role is underdeveloped, really insignificant to the whole story and her character is essentially used only as a red herring for the ending.

    I would have also liked the film to be more crisply edited. Get away with 10x shots of the zooming card and driving across the fact that everyone’s favorite hobby in the industry is to smoke. I get it Hollywood. Fun Fun!

    Stand Outs- Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Butters and Lorenza Izzo (Francesca was a delight)

     

    Coming to the award season nominations/wins –

    How in hell did Margot get nominated for this role in which all she had to do was smile, dance, and look charming. She has a great screen presence but the BAFTA jury must be on some pills. Brad Pitt winning for this will always bogue my mind. Also, that win cements how Oscar never ever rewards a standout supporting performance. At least Dern (supporting actress winner same year) had a speech in Marriage Story for me to notice her. Pitt despite being delightful did nothing extraordinary for a win. Infact, of all the three, it was truly Leo whose win I won’t have been upset with. He was outstanding! It also richly deserved its Best Production Design win

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    “Old” (2021): Points for holding my attention throughout with some intriguing scenarios here and there, but yeah, mostly a high-concept genre exercise marred by clunky dialogue, unnecessary exposition, and flimsy characterizations. It’s probably one of M. Night Shyamalan’s better directorial efforts in some time, and since the source material is adapted instead of original, it definitely has the third-act plot twist his works are well-known for, but there’s enough foreshadowing to smooth the ride out somewhat. There had to be a denouement settled here, or what was the point of it all? The island’s deadliness had to reckoned with in some manner or another. Total hubris on Shyamalan’s part to insert himself in the film as a pivotal character, but I did like some of the other ensemble. Gael Garcia Bernal and Vicky Krieps were saddled with the thankless, one-dimensional parent roles, but Alex Wolff and Thomasin McKenzie were great as the “older” siblings, or as notable as 20-somethings can be at playing teenagers. Wolff in particular is such an effective scene-stealer in general who almost stole “Hereditary” out from under Toni Collette, so sometimes I wonder why he doesn’t land better roles. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t nab a few of Timothée Chalamet’s hand-me-down roles lol. Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen, Embeth Davidtz, Abbey Lee, etc., all had at least one memorable scene. I’m still grappling with that ridiculous ending and such unnatural writing, but scrutinizing all of the plot-holes and shenanigans would be a fool’s errand, so here we are.

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    Everything Everywhere All At Once
    I was hangover and tired when I watched this on the big screen. Michelle Yeoh was fantastic in the lead. I LOVE the originality and the story. Great supporting actors. Highly recommend it!

    2023 Oscar
    Best Picture: The Way of The Wind
    Best Director: Decision to Leave
    Best Actress: TAR
    Best Actor: The Whale
    Best Supporting Actress: The Whale
    Best Supporting Actor: Poor Things

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