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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
A Modern Masterpiece
"The end is built into the beginning."
The Good: A perfect script, I would 100% defend Synecdoche, New York as having a flawless script. The complex and rich themes are some I would absolutely love to dissect and most likely will on a rewatch, which will happen soon. Death, the human condition, individuality, what we mean to others, and time are all prevalent in Synecdoche, New York. This is a film I will never forget. I love how Charlie Kaufman doesn't feel the need to needlessly spoon feed everything to us, yet there is enough reassurance to the themes that we know they are there. I adore the way Kaufman deals with time and how fleeting it is, this is proven by small minuscule details that become even more irrational as the film goes on. I love the relation between Cotard's play and time and how incredibly gargantuan his ideas become.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives the best performance I have seen him in and that's saying a lot giving his impressive track record. His obsession with death is so interesting to watch and his interactions with every character is so complex. He is one of the best written and performed characters of all time. Caden and Hazel's relationship is absolutely the most compelling part of his character.
Kaufman proves that he is not only an extremely talented writer, but also a director. All of the tiny and precise details that are hidden within each frame make the film infinitely more interesting. It's a small and potentially overlooked detailed, but the score is absolutely stunning. Kaufman had a big part creatively in terms of the soundtrack.
The Bad: Upon my first viewing I had no issues with Synecdoche, New York.
Fun Fact: Philip Seymour Hoffman's character's last name is a reference to the Cotard delusion or Cotard's syndrome, which is a rare neuropsychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that he or she is dead, does not exist, is putrefying or has lost his/her blood or internal organs.
100/100 Would Recommend!
The Nun (2018)
BAD JUMPSCARES GALORE
"God Ends Here."
The Good: Aside from the horrendous jump scare cues, the sound design in The Nun is surprisingly very well done. There are so many examples of sound design that are too good for this film.
While, Taissa Farmiga is far from outstanding, she still delivers a pretty good performance. She is absolutely the highlight of the film
The Bad: The jump scares in The Nun are incredibly predictable and sometimes even humorous. You can always tell when the scares were coming due to the obvious nature of the shots by the way they were framed.
None of the characters in The Nun gave me any reason to care or sympathize with them; aside from their occupations they had no traits.
The exposition in this film is so incredibly forced, overbearing and it happens so often it's frustrating. They also feel the need to constantly flashback and explain obvious revaluations.
The plot of The Nun is extremely thin and predictable, watching this film was such an extremely passive experience, I doubt I'll remember much from it.
Fun Fact: The events take place before Annabelle: Creation, making it the first movie (chronologically) in the film series.
31/100 Wouldn't Recommend!
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Paul Thomas Anderson Delivers A Modern Masterpiece
"I am a sinner."
The Good: Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is a film that has been put up on this enormous pedestal by friends and cinephiles alike; it exceeded my expectation.
Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a 158 minute film that does not have a dull second in the runtime. His direction is without fault, there is not a shot or segment that I'd change. PTA gives the audience so much credit, he doesn't feel like much needs to be explained with narration, he is such a wonderful filmmaker in terms of the way he utilizes visuals.
Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of the best performances in the history of cinema, from what I've seen. He absolutely disappears into his role, his character is so interesting and complex.
The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and has the ability to make ordinary things look stunning.
Greenwood's score is so essential to There Will Be Blood, it feels like a necessary element to the film rather than just background music.
The Bad: I don't have any significant issues with There Will Be Blood, just some minuscule nitpicks that are not even worth mentioning.
Fun Fact: Daniel Day-Lewis accepted the role of Daniel Plainview as he had been a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's previous film, Punch-Drunk Love. According to Producer JoAnne Sellar, the film might not even have been made at all if Day-Lewis declined the role.
100/100 Would Recommend!
Y tu mamá también (2001)
A Wonderful Hidden Gem From Cuarón
"Life is like the surf, so give yourself away like the sea."
The Good: The performances in Y Tu Mamá Tambíen are really special, they have such a natural and un-scripted feel to them. They all talk over each other & have this rapid speed dialogue that is wonderful. Verdú is absolutely the highlight of this film, since she was used sparingly in Pan's Labyrinth I hadn't noticed her in that film as being exceptional; in Y Tu Mamá Tambíen is is stellar.
Y Tu Mamá Tambíen has absolutely phenomenal cinematography, the way the shots are are framed in Y Tu Mamá Tambíen are so fantastic.
The themes in Y Tu Mamá Tambíen are so great, there are so many underlying ideas and emotions buried underneath the façades of our characters, it was so interesting seeing these characters be revealed throughout the film.
The Bad: There were many times in Y Tu Mamá Tambíen where I could see what was going to happen very easily. The script is the weakest part of the film by far.
There are also a fair bit of joke that really didn't land and were just awful.
Fun Fact: Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki said he used "90% natural light". Only some scenes have additional lighting.
89/100 Would Recommend!
The Florida Project (2017)
Great Performance & Wonderful Cinematography
"I Failed as a Mother, Moonee"
The Good: acting, stunning cinematography, direction
The Bad: pacing, ending, some of the child actors (not moonee she was great)
Fun Fact: William Dafoe lived in a place very similar to the set for a week to immerse himself in the character
80/100 Would Recommend!