Looking camp right in the eye
Incredible lead performance by Cailee Spaeny. Her physical transformation throughout the film is impressive. Jacob Elordi is unfortunately not great, but who really cares, all he needs to do is stand there and make a goofy accent.
Sofia Coppola really developed the biopic, starting with Marie Antoinette, into something that feels extremely personal while still respecting the real person's story. Like most period films, production design and costuming are on perfect display.
The opening scene is so unbelievably beautiful that it alone makes it a 5 star film.
I recently encountered the word 'sonder' through the art of Carlo Miranda. 'Sonder', a term coined by John Koenig as part of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, can be defined as "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own–populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness." This very coincidental encounter with the word definitely recontextualizes the ideas of the film for me.
Long story short, I could've completed that play in like 3 years. Less if we're on a budget.
And just like that, it's over. 33 films over 10 days, and one big flop to wrap it all up. The ratio of dropped phones to number of people at the screening was actually insane. It sucks to finish the festival with a film that doesn't try anything interesting and is filled with bland and uninteresting characters, but here we are.
Don't have a lot to say about the film so I'll just rank all the…
This is not what you should be filming.
Hypnotizing and tranacendental. More than simply documenting ZAD, Direct Action is an initiation into a political, communist collective. The transition from slow day-to-day life into active confrontation is so subtle and sublime that it ultimately feels like the only ethical way of living.