Spirited Away is the dream project where decades of experience crescendo into a creative magnum opus. It’s why Spirited Away is often hailed as one of the greatest films of all time.
Kimi has everything you would want from a modern-day thriller. It makes use of its setting and integrates every plot element to service the narrative. It has really masterful manipulation of tension across the film. It’s also has a strong visual style, in addition to its gripping screenplay.
This is what is at the bottom of Hollywood’s culture. A culture where everyone wants to be lied to about their importance. Everyone wants to ascertain prestige because prestige is the only thing anyone else cares about. It’s how people get funding, or attract talent to their films, or accomplish anything with powerbrokers in the industry like Weinstein. If for some reason you discover a person is undeserving of their position you are incentivized to keep that to yourself.
By the end of it I thought the movie did not justify its existence. It’s not offensively bad, but I didn’t find a lot of value in its narrative.
If you have any doubt Tippett deserves his accolades as one of the most technically proficient artists in filmmaking history, you need only watch five minutes of Mad God to be reassured. This movie is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
I feel pretty strongly about all the movies on my list this year. They’re all fantastic movies and in addition to that a lot of them are very unique. The art form continues to morph to the times and it’s very exciting.
I think it is uncontroversial to say there has never been a movie like this before and there likely will never be a blockbuster made in this way ever again. This movie was an attempt from a creator to retain their creative integrity in the face of their work becoming commercialized. This movie makes you feel for the creator’s dilemma, but also makes you ok with the future of this franchise. I think that’s a rare accomplishment and this movie got there in an unconventional way.
Licorice Pizza has the type of moments that can only be accomplished by a filmmaker with a strong command of the craft. There are a lot of coming-of-age movies, but Licorice Pizza is the one that I think is most exclusive to film.
Everyone has things they’ll do better or worse than others. By the time you’re 30 maybe you’ll have figured out what some of those things are. I think that’s the closest you’ll get to a purpose these days.
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