I probably spend too much time here reading up what you guys think of films I just watched.
Upon rewatch this shoots right up to my all-time favourites - with a bullet. Or rather with a sharp blade, that's what the 4K restoration of this film is: it looks crisp and those primary colours just pop! Not that the film on itself couldn't make me feel quite tense, I added some pressure by making some friends watch it with me. The movie surely delivered on my promise that this is unlike anything that they've seen before.
Red Rocket is amongst my favourite kind of comedies: those that make you choke on your own laughter until it isn't really a comedy anymore. Before you can feel guilty for laughing at the abhorrent proceedings, you probably already find yourself snickering at the protagonist's next schemes, delusions or just plainly his swinging dick.
A few times now I have discussed the American Dream with friends from the US. And every time when I almost got swept up by that…
Of all the little surprises this film holds, I am most surprised that it has improved for me upon rewatch. The meta namedropping moments around the middle and the cluttered action I still do not love. Otherwise, this is refreshingly inventive and most of all: it's not stupid. There are a few too many jokes that fall flat for my taste, but kids seem to love those quips. This film is a winner.
Is there anybody out there who would recommend the sequel?
Returning home from a wedding I decided to give this feelgood-hangout film that everyone is raving about a shot. And I enjoyed myself quite a bit. It struck me early on that every character in this is only pretending: to be older, to be an actor or to be more sophisticated and worldly than they really are. And it all is embedded in a comfortable version of the 70s in which casual racism and sexism still raise their ugly heads.…
On the drive home my mate and I put it this way: It's like going on a blind date with a person who you already know you are going to like a lot. You are ready to get your heart taken by storm and to fall in love head over heels. Then Dune shows up at the bar and tells you right away that it wants to take it extremely slow and for you to first get to know its…
Isn't it funny how compared to the original, this is the more "traditional" version of Suspiria? This of all movies, that features the most repulsive and vile scene I've seen in quite some time and has Dakota Johnson fantasising about having sex with an animal. Even on rewatch I am flattened by this hotchpotch of unsettling, comforting, appalling and downright beautiful moments.
My previous impression holds true that this works at times like antimatter, and at others like a companion…