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only watching things I haven't seen this year
The Red Shoes 1948
The fact that this movie is 75 years old is astonishing. This looks, sounds and flows better than so many films that came after it. The incredible legacy of influence this film has had on others is completely justified. I mean how could you not want to make a piece of art this beautiful? I was completely taken aback by the sheer beauty of the costumes, set pieces and overall color palette. Everything just felt so vibrant and real, like…
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 1999
This was one of the coolest fucking movies I’ve seen in a minute—granted I’ve been on a bit of a bad streak lately but still. Bad streak aside, this would definitely become an instant favorite regardless of when I watched it. It brought the John Wick series and John Woo movies but perhaps not as gratuitous with the violence. But what Ghost Dog lacks in heavy bloodshed, it makes up for in creativity, style and substance. RZA’s soundtrack is the cherry on top of this urban tale of a stoic, disciplined hitman. Just beautiful!
Nowhere Boy 2009
Despite all the controversies and shitty things about him, John Lennon will always be one of my favorite musicians. I went into this carefully, honestly thinking I was gonna hate it. Although there are some things I wasn’t crazy about, I really enjoyed it overall. It plays out a bit melodramatic at times, but as a whole it works well, even if it may be elevated truth for the sake of a good story. I thought Aaron Taylor-Johnson was perfect…
The Grandmaster 2013
Truly spectacular cinematography and visuals. Wong Kar-wai’s style works surprisingly well with martial arts films, but they lack the romanticism and moody prowess of some of his most recognizable work. Watched it for the costume design and it definitely delivered on that front, everything looked great even though it was mostly monochromatic.
Film Lodge Film Club Task #5
"Watch a film nominated for the Best Costume Design Academy Award"
The Waterboy 1998
Mama said Letterboxd is the devil!
Damien Chazelle has done it again. Went to see this in theaters today and wow what a fantastic experience! I was definitely going in with low to no expectations because of all the bad critic reviews but fuck that! This was just a big spectacle from start to finish. Chazelle’s love letter to cinema might feel reminiscent of other Hollywood epics, but this stands it own ground. Amazing performances from everyone, I completely forgot Tobey Maguire was in this but…