The besties review
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Ryan Gosling Oscar, where is it?
But seriously, this was so good and so not what I expected. I can’t believe this didn’t have a better showing at the Oscars— huge oversight not nominating Gosling and Cianfrance in my opinion. Right up there for me with Cianfrance’s following film, The Place Beyond the Pines.
A neatly contained and intriguing family drama (tragedy?) from Ashgar Farhadi. The pacing and perspective-shifting were extremely effective, and the acting was great. I will definitely be returning to Farhadi’s other work in the future.
I guess I just don’t get it...? Or maybe it’s just not my cup of tea. Either way, it’s just kind of a no from me.
PS. Adam Driver *almost* singlehandedly made fedoras sexy, and that’s why he is the actor of our generation.
Hell yeah. Villeneuve, Doppelgangers, Gyllenhaals, hazy color palettes, frenetic scores, spiders, confusion, mania, amazing final shots--
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.
Under the Skin
Quite literally a masterpiece? Love the colors and the score (which I know is a super unique thing to say) and I just can’t wait for whatever Glazer does next.
What is 5 Film Film Festival (5FFF)?
In short, 5 Film Film Festival is an ongoing personal project to help me watch more classic films. For each mini “festival,” I will choose a random theme (be it a genre, actor, director, etc.) and curate five movies that fit that theme to watch for the first time. When I started this journey, I posted my brief, unpolished thoughts on Letterboxd. I like this more informal, less pretentious mode of watching older movies, so as I begin documenting the project here on the site, don’t expect a lot of in-depth analysis— every “review” will read more like a “first reaction.”
If you’re like me, and you have more than a few blind spots in your cinematic knowledge, then consider joining me on this lifelong endeavor. Watch along, recommend themes, and organize some mini festivals of your own!