I must see this lore once more
also i agree the credits sequence is absolutely amazing and worth seeing in a theater alone and then walking out on the rest of the movie because i’ve completely forgotten everything else and prolly for a reason
i haven’t seen it! i just have some Trusted Friends who have similar sensibilities (and reservations about aspects of his past films) who endorsed it.
well, Climax was dumb as hell lol
will elaborate more later
The other day I went and saw Nobuhiko Obayashi’s latest film Hanagatami. It is bizarre and beautiful. If you’ve seen his famous campy horror movie Hausu, imagine a far more advanced version of that visual style, applied to a 3 hour long devastating art film about the experience of growing up in Japan during the run-up to World War II.
The editing and visual effects are outrageous. Scenes will switch between black and white and color, shots will be constantly mirrored back and forth, significant moments will be accentuated by Noh drums. The film takes green screen effects beyond all responsible limits, painting backgrounds in completely unrealistic, expressionist ways. Out the window of a kitchen you’ll see an impossible view of a stormy ocean island, and when the camera moves through the scene, that image will unnaturally move too, in the way that a real window view never could. In a schoolhouse in springtime, whenever a student opens the door to the classroom the entire screen will suddenly be overlaid with falling cherry blossoms. A terminally ill girl confined to her room falls off of her bed and the room around her dissolves into an ocean she swims out through. The artificiality of these effects really adds something to the film.
A few examples:
It’s just so generous with its imagery, non-stop visual inventiveness.
Like Jodorowsky’s recent work, this is a film directed by a very old man who knows he’ll be passing away soon and wants to take the moment to examine his childhood and send a very strong message to try and keep his generation’s traumas from repeating in the future. It ends with one of the most intense and direct provocations I’ve seen in a film.
I really, really recommend this movie! I’ve never seen anything like it, at all.
In a way, the film actually kind of reminds me a lot of Twin Peaks: The Return, but it goes way harder.
Damn I’m definitely gonna see this
Damn wish i had seen this here! Had I known!
ok, so Climax
the main verdict is that i thought the movie was boring. even as an “experience,” i found myself mostly wishing i was doing something else for most of it, because what was happening on screen wasn’t interesting.
things it does ok: the dancing is good, the music is good, even though some of it is anachronistic for 1996. it captures the feeling of “having a bad time on drugs while you hear the bass of the music in another room” well.
but mostly, it’s like…ok, and?
the movie also veers into what felt uncomfortable and kind of racist, having the characters who are the most violent, and who say the most misogynistic and rapey things, be black. were i younger, i’d maybe think that was unintentional, but in 2019, i take that shit at face value.
but as soon as the opening credits revealed that Vice had produced this movie, i more or less knew what to expect.
mostly, i’m glad i saw it, because i’ll never have to wonder again if i should go see another Gaspar Noé film.
i kind of feel like the current gaspar noé film’s main purpose is always to convince people that they don’t need to see the next one
haha perhaps. i mean, i skipped Love (mostly bc i was afraid it would be triggering), and checked this one out because i’d heard positive things and wasn’t entirely in the camp of disliking his movies.
watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets last night and wow, what a weird movie. i feel like it’s kind of great, but it’s written like the most predictable and bland Saturday-morning cartoon. which…yeah, it’s kind of great? but so dumb? i feel like if i had kids, i’d show them this movie.
capped off the night with John Wick: Chapter 2 and love how those movies don’t get worse with repeated viewings.
Yeah it is gorgeous and visually ambitious, with some genuinely stunning locations. Reminded me of all the things I loved about Fifth Element.
But the leads are the two most bland human behinds in history and the actual story is just, yeah, a saturday morning cartoon. The entire thing with the weird cannibalistic obese space tribe they slaughtered seemed like it was going for laughs maybe? And yet they shoved this character death and an action scene in there? It’s like spending a 1/5th of your movie battling paper towel mascot characters.
Meanwhilie, I was sort of sick of John Wick 2 halfway through the first time I watched it because it somehow managed to play out its own fight choreography. Idk. I’m still gonna watch the third one when it comes out.
A friend of mine is really, really into horror movies, despite the fact that there’s only been like 4 good ones over the past decade. He really wanted me to watch Bird Box, so we did a trade where he agreed to watch Sorry to Bother You while I watched BB.
It’s… watchable. Definitely a lot better than my rock-bottom expectations. You could put it on while you did something else and it would be good “ambient horror.”
It’s essentially Dawn of the Dead for the first half, then it randomly and suddenly changes into A Quiet Place. It doesn’t complete either of the two movies it begins, but, it does cut them off right around where they’d start getting boring, so maybe that’s a good thing.
Generally well-cast, John Malkovich is in it and is good. Sandra Bullock does the trick. Trevante Rhodes is good - glad to see him in more, since he was the best part of the otherwise p. terrible The Predator. It’s well-shot, well-paced, nothing is really wrong with it mechanically.
I think the issue is that it isn’t really a full “movie”, it feels like two short films mushed together, neither of them containing a particularly good ending. The climax, for example, revolves around a character that doesn’t appear until a little over half the movie is done, and the problem is resolved with zero struggle.
I dunno. It’s really forgettable, really nothing special, but, it’s a solid Dawn of the Dead knockoff for much of it.
Random thought but batman forever / batman & robin is 100% “my batman”, this is the batman I grew up w/, idk I like those movies even if they are way too long.
if nothing else, those batmen have the best soundtracks of any of em
i mean, batman 89 is prince but let’s be honest. it’s not his best work.
Hey, that Prince Batman soundtrack rules! Sure there are a few boring ballads, but there are some serious bangers too:
Very novel to be able to just link Prince songs on youtube like they’re normal music.
Captain Marvel review: Not enough Coulson