Joker (2019): Please Don’t Give This Awards

Where to even begin. I suppose with context.  So.  I went in really, really wanting to like this. I’ve really felt like ever since ‘Joker‘ won the Venice Film Festival people have been out to take it down, as some kind of inner cinematic white-knighting, if I’m even allowed to say that. Some kind ofContinue reading “Joker (2019): Please Don’t Give This Awards”

First Love (2019): Takashi Miike Hasn’t Lost His Ability to Surprise in the Best Way

It’s just ridiculous how Miike is pushing 60 now, he’s made over 100 films and he’s still making films with that joyful, youthful verve. He’s making the kind and variety of movies that Quentin Tarantino forgot how to do when he hit puberty. Ironically though, this does in a way feel like Miike’s ‘Once UponContinue reading “First Love (2019): Takashi Miike Hasn’t Lost His Ability to Surprise in the Best Way”

Uncut Gems (2019): A Classic Cinematic Landmark in the Making

Giving immediate reactions to this film is hard. ‘Uncut Gems‘ is, ironically, not much of a good time, what it is, is a deeply felt, cathartic experience of a film, in the way that I always look for in my favourite films. It reminds me of the films of Dario Argento, Gaspar Noe, and StanleyContinue reading “Uncut Gems (2019): A Classic Cinematic Landmark in the Making”