Alfred Hitchcock: I make the best one-location films
Bong Joon-Ho: In my films, I masterfully tackle the social and economical gap in the society
David Fincher: I make the best crime dramas
Legend Akira Kurosawa (with sunglasses on and a thick American Matthew McConaughey accent) : Alright, Alright, Alright
From Taxi Driver in the '70s to First Reformed in 2019, Schrader's protagonists are characters driven by allegiance to a higher idea, usually to their own detriment. Mishima: A Life In 4 Chapters is something of a biographical essay about purity, beauty, art, idealism, action, and death; and it is perhaps the ultimate expression of this persistent theme of the self as a servant to an idea.
A film about a radical man on his last day, as he plans…
Overwhelmingly beautiful to a point where I definitely owe it a revisit because before I could fully digest one line, we were on to another even more layered piece of writing. Maybe one of the best written films I've seen, one of my new favorite endings, and EASILY my new favorite score.
I am so late to this train but Paul Schrader is the freaking MAN.
Absolutely flawless. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters takes a man who yearned to be an work of art and transforms his life into that very idea, constructing a stunning biopic of immense beauty that flows right alongside his hopes, dreams, desires, and realities. Split into four chapters (obviously), Paul Schrader builds a testament to Yukio Mishima (his pen-name) and his never-ending quest for successful nationalism by enriching moments from his multiple novels.
These segments, which make up most…
"Each moment of our dates, not many,
We celebrated as an Epiphany.
Alone in the whole world.
More daring and lighter than a bird
Down the stairs, like a dizzy apparition,
You came to take me on your road,
Through rain-soaked lilacs,
To your own possession,
To the looking glass world.
As night descended
I was blessed with grace,
The altar gate opened up,
And in the darkness shining
And slowly reclining
Was your body naked.
On waking up I…