Inspired to watch this after watching Joker the other day. I wouldn't say Joker is a straight rip-off of King of Comedy and Taxi Driver, but yeah the influence is super obvious after watching all 3. I liked this quite a bit more than Joker, though; DeNiro is creepy as fuck in a much more understated and subtle way. 4.5/5
Obviously this has tremendous cache and cinematic value, but other than the incredible chariot race (really, it's amazing) the film is a slog and a chore to sit through. It completely nose-dives in the last act and stretches to an interminable length. Glad i saw it, but never again. letterboxd.com/v9733xa/film/ben-hur-1959/
Three knockout masterpieces from Krzysztof Kieślowski, and this is the third for sure. What a ride through his filmography i've had. Fans of Mulholland Drive or Enemy (vastly different films with one key unifying theme) might like this. I implore you to seek it out. letterboxd.com/v9733xa/film/the-double-life-of-veronique/
Underseen and really fun documentary by Errol Morris that's just a whirlwind of issues on screen, amidst a wild story of a kidnapping and rape accusation of a former beauty queen from the late 70s. Super interesting. letterboxd.com/v9733xa/film/tabloid/
Post by Calvinball on Dec 17, 2019 19:31:20 GMT -5
Not a movie per se, but I just watched The Grand Tour Seaman special and it was bloody brilliant. As someone who grew up on boats, has had his boaters license since age 12, and have taken vacations where we lived on a sailing boat for a week, it was right up my fucking alley.
The ending was fucking insane, and I'm not sure if they were fully able to capture how terrifying and helpless that situation was. It's the kind of thing if you've never really been on boats before it's freaky, if you've spent a lot of time on boats the fear is just magnified. Apparently someone *not involved in the show* died a mile away from where they were filming.