had to see it again before my rental expired. and it just reconfirmed what I already knew, which is that this movie is just astonishing. what a script. what cinematography. performances. score. everything. it all comes together so beautifully. so layered, so achingly sad…
I can’t get this fucking thing out of my head. I saw it yesterday and it has not been far from my thoughts ever since. I would say that I want to go see it again immediately but I don’t, not yet. I feel like I still am seeing it
I didn’t love this one as much as I wanted to. had heard such great things but couldn’t help but feel like so many of its more effective moments were borrowed from the 1st one. don’t get me wrong—I teared up like four times, and seriously, something about these movies makes me have to try really hard not to REALLY cry. when she and peeta ride out in their chariot, for example, or when katniss’ mockingjay dress is revealed. but those are pretty much the exact same moments that got me all emotional in the first one. the exception is the elderly man from district 11’s death, which was effective to the point of being overwhelming. I think these movies work best when they can convey both the hopelessness of the tributes’ situation—in jena malone’s anger on stanley tucci’s show, for example, and in katniss’ and peeta’s reaction to the quarter quell announcement—and the often very moving ways they find to rise above it—the super emotional 24-tribute hand-holding moment, or katniss teaming up with mags. honestly I think suzanne collins had a successful “formula” in the first book that wasn’t ever really allowed to become a formula—she employed it to diminishing returns in catching fire and then was forced to abandon it altogether in mockingjay, which inevitably suffered…
simply put, I saw the 1st movie with my brothers, and then dragged my mom there on a weekday morning because I’d liked it so much and was sure she would too (she did). Dragging anyone to this one a second time would never have crossed my mind. Re-watching the chariot scene when it appears on netflix instant by myself in my room and letting myself REALLY cry? that’s a different story
listened to Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s super-long interview on the empire magazine podcast where they talk a bunch about Gary specifically (I didn’t realize the first FIVE TIMES that he’d tried to kill himself! But of course that’s what those bandages on his wrists are from :( so of course I had to watch this. again.
I MAY have bought a 50” TV in large part because I didn’t want to have to go from watching this in theaters to watching it on a 13” laptop… may have. may also be considering buying a blu-ray player just so I can watch this with the commentaries. MAY BE
edgar wright said on the wtf podcast this past week that while he was at art college he like made it his mission to watch 3 movies a day which only added fuel to my “watch as many movies as possible” fire… which is a good thing I like it when fuel is added to that fire! and my new panasonic viera plasma ST60 50” TV or whatever it even is should only make matters better. omg I love it so much
controversial? I liked ALL IS LOST better than GRAVITY. it was just so great. “our man” didn’t have ANYone to talk to, and onscreen he only spoke like 8 words, not including the voiceover in the beginning, but there’s so much to be learned—not even learned, more like absorbed—by watching him do things. I love being asked to do that kind of interpretive work—not being given anything verbally. and of course robert redford has to act the hell out of it, which he does—it’s hard to even pinpoint what he was DOING, because his performance was so restrained, but it was effective as hell. and j c chandor does such a g-d good job at showing us exACTly what is going on at every moment, even in the midst of chaos. I liked it SO much more than I did LIFE OF PI (which I saw at the same theater! I love Wilton) and, like I said, much more than GRAVITY. I cried twice and I wasn’t even sure why.
the feeding machine scene is pure perfection. BUT even more than it I love a) his performance in the café and b) the roller skating scene… he is so in command of himself physically but not only that can be incredibly graceful and I love those scenes for showcasing that
1st movie on my new TV! almost 90 years later the effects in this are still so magical to me. I have to read more about how they were done. I love that not only is he a projectionist but he makes like three layers of escapes—into sleep/a dream, then into a film (as himself at first), and then into a fictional persona within that film… and we gradually get drawn deeper in too. first we see the screen from far away (from the projection room, I think!) but when sherlock jr appears the film fills the whole screen, making it as immersive for us as it is for him. it’s so neat to see self-referentiality this early in the ~history of cinema~, and to see what theaters at the time were like! with the pianist (and the violinist!) parked down below the screen
(p.s. I wrote that when I still had like 15 minutes left—I love how his gf is the one who actually ~solves the mystery~ while he’s asleep in the projection room haha. and also that he takes all his romantic cues from the movie :)
and also! that the movie itself is so ~weird… it starts as a mystery but as soon as he enters it they just showboat for like 3 minutes like look what ~we~ can do
:( :( :(
cinematic perfection was achieved over 70 years ago why are we even trying anymore