I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot since watching it, mainly because I’ve frequently been listening to the soundtrack (which is great) but also because I genuinely think it’s a fascinating film to analyse. The film is not... grea- I mean look, it has some nice shots. The mise-en-scene can be beautiful at times but it’s more just “hey look this is a cool shot” than “hey not only is this an awesome frame but it also ties into…
An injection of life and bellowing noise and bright lights, contrasted by smokey rooms and dilapidated walls and crusty heads of neglected babies, encompassed by hyper-contemporary cinematic story-telling, Trainspotting is a popular culture behemoth, a film that feels so intrinsically locked to the 90s yet will never go out of fashion, it's timelessness and relevance refusing to fade away into obscurity. A dirty lens into a nightmarish livelihood, Danny Boyle's sophomore effort is at its core, an agonising, violent scream to the viewer to sort their fucking life out... and that... that will always be commendable.
From a technical point, impressive. My boy Joaquin has been far better (his portrayal as Freddie Quell in The Master perhaps being my choice for the greatest on-screen performance of all time) but he’s still excellent here. The score was riveting, bold and uncompromising. It’s nice to see De Niro back, and Atlanta stars Zazie Beets and Bryan Tyree Henry steal the few scenes they’re in. Cinematography checks out. Brilliant use of Cream’s ‘White Room’.
However, overall... Joker isn’t very good.…
I don’t know how long this is going to be on Letterboxd for so let me quickly tell you that COWBOY BEBOP is a GOAT of storytelling. It’s NOTHING like ANYTHING you’ve ever seen. Somehow manages to be EVERY genre all at once, an absolute idiosyncratic EXPERIENCE like NO OTHER from BEGINNING to END. Characters who will stay with you FOREVER. Music which you will be listening to your ENTIRE LIFE. I can’t even put into words how CRAZY and BEAUTIFUL this show is. I don’t know WHY it’s on here, but I’m not complaining. It’s a DREAM you’ll NEVER wake up from.