musician by trade
but i’d rather be at the movies
logging every film I’ve watched since the start of the pandemic
A nice trope-twister of a teen film with very likeable leads, a lot of references to films i’d like to see, and lovely shots of the Pacific Northwest. Not everything adds up but the air of anguished romance is so palpable it’s hard to care too much. I am a little sad that Paul’s storyline got a little short-changed in the end though. He was a nice sausage man.
Fun to see the seeds of what was to come later from Clooney and Soderbergh. Though it shares the same breeziness as the oceans saga, this film sets itself apart with bits of shocking violence, slightly more overt sexiness, and a truly soulful JLo performance that humanizes the movie and provides a nice foil to Clooney’s roguishness. And quite a parade of “they’re in this movie?”s
a wild film with so many ideas. i'm floored that this was made before 1950, and also that two modern films i love (captain america and soul) borrow from it. while hollywood at the time had the capacity for powerful psychological drama and visual spectacle, i'm highly doubtful that this could've been made in the american studio system. the bureaucracy of heaven is delightful (foreshadowing many films to come), and the final courtroom scene, while all over the place, has…
I would not complain if Netflix never made a show longer than this. I don’t feel amazing after mainlining the whole thing in two evenings but at least I only needed two evenings. It also helps that it’s almost constantly stylish, intense, and good. Somehow hits all the standard beats but never quite feels predictable. Almost like... a chess match?