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This is long and rambly, but I'm trying to get all my thoughts down about this remarkable film. LONG DAY'S definitely provokes much thought and discussion and I will recommend it to my arthouse inclined friends (all five of them, which I guess is more than most have). Having now seen it a second time, I consider it one of my favorite films. But I don't think I'd want to see it again for a few years.
When I watched…
There are some movies where, after the first time I saw it, liked it but had major quibbles. Then it simmered in my mind for a couple days, then thought that maybe I love this film. So of course I have to see it again and then after second viewing it becomes an unqualified favorite.
Ad Astra is one of those. I have come to accept the voiceover and understand its place in the narrative, though I still think it…
Film Twitter wasn't kidding when they said the last twenty minutes of this movie pops off. This is not a "good" movie, but I had so much fun so it's hard to give this a star rating. It's a three star movie with a five star experience.
For the most part it's a fairly dull, if competent, horror/mystery with wooden acting. But James Wan knows that he's making a B-movie, and there's gleeful delight in every cringeworthy line of dialogue…
Earnest and heartwarming. Although the source material seems to be rather weak, it's a fantastic stage to screen adaptation. Flashy cinematography and flexing camera movements would be grating in another movie, but here it works super well.
Richard E. Grant's character was by far the highlight and I wish he was a larger part of the story. The song that he performs near the beginning of the film is magnificent, showing how drag isn't simply men wearing dresses, but rather a revolutionary act of defiance.
The cinematography and sound design are going to get a lot of attention but this film also has the best production design I've seen all year. Each set is so distinct that every scene feels discrete, even though the "one shot" style means that the only scene transition possible is the camera walking into another set.
The final scene is powerful, and clearly states the film's thesis of the dehumanizing nature of war. Without spoilers, I'll say that an actor…
Solid closer to the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. Loved all the action sequences and everything in Havana (Ana de Armas is terrific! And her dress!) Didn't love much else. Cary Joji Fukunaga's direction is visually uninspired whenever the scene calls for people talking to each other in a room which is too bad because the action shots are much more dynamic and fun.
The story gets too obsessed with the Craig-Bond mythology to be truly enjoyable. Rami Malek…