A little late to write this, but saw a few notable films that I really enjoyed and expanded a few trailing thoughts that’s been living in my brain this last month. The weather is generally getting nicer. I’m very surprised that for once in my fourteen years of living in New York, that we are finally in the middle of the longest Spring I’ve ever experienced here.
(2022) Penyalin Cahaya (Photocopier)
- A very on the nose message that was executed in a curious way, especially considering the restrictions that most of Indonesian cinema has to exist within. I want to see the director’s short films!
(2021) The Cathedral
- A formalist recollection of a personal memory. While I generally enjoyed the film, the distance the film has between itself and the feelings or the messiness of its characters, ended up making me like the film a little less.
- Walked into Malcolm watching some of this, so I missed the first 30 – 40 minutes, which I need to rewatch soon. Heartbreaking, beautiful film.
(2001) Josie and the Pussycats
- A fun watch that felt timely, with all the similar aesthetics coming back around. It’s way more cynical than I remember it. The love interest sub plot was totally unnecessary.
(2022) Turning Red
- Was ok, it’s nice to see this story up there and the animation style definitely feels fresh but somehow the pacing and the writing didn’t feel as good as Soul or other Pixar films.
(2021) Worst Person in the World
- Wonderful film. Joachim Trier is one of my favorite humanist filmmakers working today. The timing in which I saw this made me think of Parallel Mothers since it’s so recent in my mind. The two films touched upon generational strive or differences through relationships. Would definitely watch this again.
- Feels lackluster and kind of unnecessary. The film was aware of itself but also didn’t necessarily add anything else besides repositioning it for a new generation. I really hope that they stop after this one.
- Besides the one kind of lame joke that pulled me out of the film for a minute, EEAO was great. Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan were amazing. The film was visually surprising, entertaining and felt like something I haven’t seen before. Watched this at the TCL Chinese Theater, which definitely added to my experience viewing the movie.