This film had me so stressed out! I agree with the reviews comparing it to Uncut Gems (2019): beyond Jewish themes, they share a relentless sense of panic. Shiva Baby felt more like a nightmare, with Danielle's friends and family crumbling almost as much as she is.
Oof. When I watch a film this bad I like to check and see if the budget was a limiting factor. $26M and you didn't put a second pair of eyes on the script? Once Mia got a makeover by a body-shaming asshole, her life turned upside-down with fame and power. With mediocre acting, flat cinematography, and a cliché Disney ending, I wasn't a fan! The star is for the few gags that made me laugh.
I've been excited to watch this film ever since I saw The Florida Project (2017) and Starlet (2012).
Tangerine grew on me. With fantastic acting, pacing, and camera work, this film builds a narrative that feels human and raw. By the end, I realized how invested I had become in the characters and their journey.
I enjoyed some of the stories, but the animations that accompanied some of them really turned me off. I would have enjoyed this film much more if it was just interview footage.
Wes doin' what he does best. It was fun to see the same cast members from his previous movies, appearing like old friends to tell the latest story. I loved the sets, costuming, and mixing of b/w and color shots. I felt a bit lost by multiple plots held together by characters I didn't care about very much. If you enjoyed Grand Budapest as much as I did, you'll enjoy this one too!
This film included wonderful nature shots, and political rhetoric surrounding BLM horse management. Didn't love the manly men bickering with each other. I watched this film with someone who helped me appreciate its importance, and without them I would've been distracted by the unnecessary drama and rough production.
Honestly, didn't love this one. The music and animation were tight, but this film approached big topics like racial injustice and women's rights the same way white millennial men might talk about cars. Vroom bang skrrrrt. Didn't surprise me to learn that Joe Rogan was involved.
Honestly, this movie was a best-case scenario for a 2011 Muppet movie. I loved The Muppets as a kid, but even if you've never watched them before you'd probably enjoy this lighthearted movie. Celebrity cameos all over the place, a very goofy plot, and Disney doing their best to be self-aware in the 2010s.
It's funny to think this review will sit between the other films on my watchlist; it's unlike anything I've ever watched before. Don't expect distinguished cinematography or audio mixing, but do expect a very raw glimpse through the eyes of a filmmaker who will not give up his craft for anything. The more I think about this film the more it grows on me.
I love a movie that takes risks. Pixar developed a character in their classic style, and then killed him! In the first few minutes of the story! What followed was a wildin plot, beautifully animated in New York City!? With Tina Fey voicing the supporting role?! In my eyes, these were big risks, and Soul brought them together as a beautifully human animation.
This film takes so many risks. It goes to yard sales, Saturday bingo competitions, and Jane's gigs as an adult film star. There's a chihuahua in nearly every scene. Yet the entire time I felt engaged by a well-paced plot, and the insanity of life through Jane's eyes.
Honestly, I didn't love it. I don't feel like I connected with these humans before they turned inhuman. Maybe if I were to watch it again I would pick up on more of the intricacies of these relationships, but doing so would entail sitting through such a boring intro again...
Watched on Thursday July 23, 2020.