Discovering movies like Down With Love is a major reason I love Letterboxd. This film clearly made approximately zero cultural impact, because despite being in high school when it came out, I had no recollection of it whatsoever. Even if I had, a 2003 rom-com starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor wouldn't have been high on my list of priorities. But a couple of people I follow on here reviewed it positively, I added it to a watchlist, I'm looking…
Finally showing in Kansas City, Drive My Car is a beautiful and enthralling three hour mediation on grief and interiority. I'm glad I saw this in a theater where it's easier to put aside distractions. It follows a theater director who stages his plays with each actor speaking a different language. There are an astounding number of things going on in this film, and they are each handled deftly. If you like films to have layers of meaning, I can't…
An unexpected and bonkers delight of a film. Jason Schwartzman plays a depressed environmentalist who hires two "Existential Detectives", played hilariously by Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin.
Tomlin is my favorite, giving a deadpan and very physical performance.
The whole cast is amazing though. Jude Law plays a petulant corporate type dating corporate spokesmodel Naomi Watts. Isabelle Huppert comes in as a nihilist former protégé of Hoffman and Tomlin. I'm not sure Mark Wahlberg's particular screen presence has ever been…
This was cute at times, bit I wasn't on its comic wavelength and I ultimately found it a bit tedious. Emma Thompson is kind of stunning. Even though body positivity issues are real, it was distracting that a major plot point is her character's complete lack of self confidence. Even she couldn't quite sell it.
Film School Drop Outs 2021
Week 35 - Auteur - Jan Švankmajer
A dark, demented, and surreal take on Alice in Wonderland. Alice is a mix of live action and stop motion. Alice and the White Rabbit wage all out war. The animals are taxidermy. The caterpillars are socks. Suffice to say it's a heck of a lot creepier than the Disney version. The book, as I recall, is silly and witty - you don't get a lot of that…
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Film School Drop Outs 2021
Week 4 - Awards - 1st Academy Award Nominees
First, the good. Murnau's direction is outstanding. There are creative uses of double exposure. There are mercifully few title cards. Every shot is well framed, and a few are really remarkable. To the extent this movie works at all, it's because of the phenomenal direction and the beautiful score.
That brings us to the bad. I'm sort of shocked that this remains a nearly unanimous classic,…