I only rate the movies I want to revisit when the dementia takes me.
Like the other Tsai Ming-Liang films I've seen, this one is a transporting, transcendatal experience, as ever. Here are Tsai's usual fascinations with stillness and ennui in a world that is becoming more and more connected, more industrial at yet is producing people even more alone and directionless.
The real genius in this film is in the juxtaposition. Here Tsai Ming-Liang shows us the story of two individuals, one a poor young man, we later find out is a personal…
Both incredibly tense and meditative, Paul Schrader pours all his formal and subtextual obsessions into another political fire-charged exploration of America's soul. While "First Reformed" explored nihilism in the face of environmental catastrophe (and ends on a moment of optomism) this film is as pessimestic as Schrader has ever gotten as he examines a country that has completely lost its moral compass and ethical center.
William Tell, our principal character is a former enhanced interrogation operative who was employed at…