Just a film grad speaking for all the mediocrities. Not quite their patron saint though.
In cities infamous for gun deaths the way Chicago is, you so often hear about the idea of this cycle of violence that perpetuate themselves without an end in sight. What this doc spotlights- the work being done by programs like IMAN and MAAFA- is the potential to create a cycle of empathy to replace it, to make these communities whole not by digging out their roots but instead watering them and giving them sunlight.
A beautifully rendered portrait of…
Ultimately a story about the ability to overcome the downs that naturally come with growing up. An ode to the ways kindness and perseverance can work together to shape us into better people. Kiki never takes the easy way out. The moment she finds the cat doll in Ursula's cabin, she could easily just take it and leave. Yet she asks about it, and does a service in return. The entire movie is firm on this idea that putting effort…
"What is breakfast, Becky?"
A lot of why this is so good and rewatchable is that it doesn't try to over-explain itself (a flaw of the fun-but-not-nearly-as-good sequel). A movie partly about learning to be a better person, with a charming as hell turn from Rothe in the kind of lead role she should have a handful of by now. There is some meat left on the bone with the setup, but I just find it wholly entertaining.
Really hurtful and unnecessary shots fired at Crocs owners by Danielle, though. Sometimes there IS such a thing as taking things too far!
"The Golden Rule: he who has the gold makes the rules."
Would pair so nicely with late-80s brethren Do the Right Thing for a Subtlety is Overrated™ double feature for the ages. Carpenter somehow doesn't sacrifice entertainment for ideas, or craft for simplicity. The kind of cinematic kick in the teeth that just doesn't come around very often.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is the movie Bong has been circling his entire career.
Titillatingly tip-toeing tonality has long-been one of his greatest strengths as a filmmaker. That ability to not simply make a serious scene followed by a funny one, but rather to inject both humor and dramatic stakes into the same moment. Eschewing the conventional confines of genre and instead making films with singular identities. The masterstroke here is taking his usually expansive storytelling style and distilling it into a confined…