Saturday, April 21, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Monday, April 09, 2018
Loving, lovely tribute to the relationship between children and dogs-and maybe how dogs keep us in contact with our inner child; simple, loyal and true.
Well-meaning if clumsy love letter to Japanese culture as well. Intensity, attention to detail, devotion to aesthetics, quality and discretion, deft and elegant--I really think to throw around a word like racism is irresponsible, but discourse has become a fever dream.
I don't really see how it is some severe downgrade in craft, spirit or imagination from his other work as the detractors will say, but then I was always just an appreciative enthusiast, never a gushing adorer of the work. I think he may be the only director whose work I've seen in totality though, so for context this is my personal attachment to them, in descending order:
The Royal Tenebaums
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Isle of Dogs
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Darjeeling Limited
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Posted by Ben at 4/09/2018 08:39:00 AM
Friday, April 06, 2018
An art-school-noir version of Scott's indie genre "we have access to a huge house." St. Louis' own Finley (went to Jon Hamm's high school) wordlessly makes incisive generational and class observations--impressive for a playwright's debut film-- and gets delicate performances from his two faux sociopath leads and a humble, funny and earnest performance from his only star, late great Anton Yelchin.
Posted by Ben at 4/06/2018 07:00:00 AM
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
The funniest parts for me were prior to the film being made, just the elder Franco delight in being a goof with nothing to lose. Meanwhile, Dave is the superior actor; I wonder if he'll get a shot to do anything but play the sidekick. It was fun to see the gang of comics-cum-character actors who round out the cast, but the script constrains the whole affair to a genial middle-ground, the opposite of its go-for-broke inspiration.
Posted by Ben at 4/04/2018 07:42:00 AM