I wish I could love this, because like most things PTA it is pretty glorious, funny, and beautifully shot. The characters aren’t his best but they are still wonderful, and the film is so warm and textured, like the best memory of your youth you can almost reach back into the past and hold on to. The sequence with the moving truck and John Peters might be the best thing to come out of cinema in 2021. Tom Waits’s entrance…
I was honestly so disturbed by the second story that I almost turned it off. But the animation is fascinating and the inclusion of Jarvis Cocker clearly plants this in the Wes Anderson Bizarro World (to the point that the connection feels quite intentional) by way of MOTHER! and it’s hard to pull away.
Also my cat (who rarely pays attention to the TV) was weirdly enraptured by the third story, which I thought was amusing.
An absolutely fascinating/gross/funny/political work with no anchor regarding style or pacing. A go-for-broke (as usual) performance from Dafoe and probably one of my favorite Cage performances as a Bogart-obsessed crook. Astounding Bogart scene aside, there’s just something about the way Cage handles the oddly prickly and clever dialogue here that I really enjoyed.
It’s extremely messy and abrasive and abrupt (with a pretty horrific opener ifya ask me) and by no means Schrader’s best, yet I kinda wanna watch it again immediately.
Brad Pitt’s character, stuntman Cliff Booth, drives a blue VW Karmann Ghia convertible (notably at unnecessarily high speed, down the winding Cielo Drive). The Bride drives a blue VW Karmann Ghia convertible in Kill Bill Vol 2. This is also happens to be the infamous car that Tarantino forced Uma Thurman to drive until it crashed, causing Uma major injury and nearly killing her.
The story goes that Uma insisted that she did not feel comfortable driving the car (particularly…