Aspiring to one day make it onto a quizshow with my topic of choice Back to the Future and absolutely nail it.
Leonor Will Never Die 2022
Incredible that this js the feature length debut from Martika Ramirez Escobar because it doesn't feel that way in the slightest. This film is so well crafted and confident in what it is, it's seriously a joy to watch. There's so much creativity and love for cinema packed into this 100min feature, the time absolutely flies past. This is my favourite film I've watched so far from MIFF, 100% recommend checking this one out when you can. If/when this gets a wider release I'll be watching this again in a cinema.
Only my second watch, my first one being at the cinemas over a year ago. This film is still phenomenal. There's so much personal style and flair but it doesn't feel overdone or out of place as the directorial flourishes contribute to the films themes and tone. This film is such a wild ride. It's charming, thrilling and has a lot to say.
Sidenote; After being more versed in Korean cinema I now understand why Song Kang-Ho being taught how to act is hilarious.
Mountains May Depart 2015
Another beautiful film by Jia Zhangke staring a fantastic performance from Zhao Tao. Glad I'm catching up with more of Zhangkes work because his films are seriously excellent. Love all 3 segments of this film in their own way and I think the change of film style between them actually works and doesn't feel gimmicky.
Rebels of the Neon God 1992
Can definitely see why I fell in love this when I first watched it, having recently dropped out of uni without a clue where to take my life this film presented so well the utter confusion and aimlessness one feels in their early 20s. A beautiful film for sure but one for me that feels like looking back in time, like how your favorite music from a period of your life takes you right back to where you were when you first fell in love with it. Glad I was able to go to a theatre screening for this one.
Sound of Metal 2019
Heartwarming one moment and heartwrenching the next. An incredible peformance from Riz Ahmed. Audio is also used very effectively and creatively, not only putting you in the characters shoes, but shifting the tone of the film.
Bones and All 2022
Visually gorgeous, glad I saw this in a cinema. There's ceriantly moments of intensity but for the most part you can really let this one wash over you. Some of the dusk imagery really reminds me of Malicks best. Enjoying this one the more I reflect on it. Definitely going to have to check out Guadagninos other works. Stoked to be at the acmi preview screening for this one.