5 Stars Are Rare
4th film from Bresson and his style continues to somewhat elude me. The first person narration in the first half almost felt overbearing for how minimal and emotionally economical it is. The didactic headspace feels like it should be almost replaced with mere silence as Bresson relies so heavily on visual narrative. These of course are my nitpickings as I know his work resonates a lot more with others. The latter half progresses into a methodical ballet of fine tuned movements and devious actions that is truly mesmerizing. A tedious yet also graceful study of human behavior. Will be moving onto Au Hasard Balthazar next.
Another glossy Netflix feature filler by way of a big star(Clooney) at the directorial helm. Aside from one particularly suspenseful sequence this is the literal definition of a snooze fest that does nothing to stand out in a heavily saturated sci-fi catalog. This is also a film that could have really used a solid score(I love Desplat and this is by far his most forgettable score as if the bland subject matter didn’t excite him and he just half-assed it)…
Everything I love about 70’s surrealist cinema. Bunuel is masterful with his camera work knowing exactly where to place his subjects in every single frame seamlessly fusing together reality and dream worlds alike. The humor and satire is such a subtle but tantalizing force throughout. There’s a recurring sequence of the group of main characters walking down a country road that means nothing and everything at the same time. A symbol of brazen entitlement. A viscous cycle. This will make you scratch your head but in the best way. Highly recommend this one if you want to dive into his filmography.
Haven’t seen anything quite like this. I almost cried during a few scenes, there’s so much emotion buried in each frame. With a very daunting runtime this definitely is somewhat of a challenging watch but it’s also totally mesmerizing. Haven’t seen the mundane of everyday life and the realities of domesticity put to the screen in such a way. Ritualistic chores and routines offer solace and stability while also harboring the potential of invoking an absolute existential crisis. Loneliness and…