No, I don’t need to see a doctor.
Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite is great – fun fact. I’ve seen so many great films, but only a handful of them have rocked me to my core.
What a trip. There’s a certain familial feeling to this festival. It was great talking movies (using extreme geek language) to other writers, filmmakers etc.
Discussing in depth what and why these films made us feel the way they did. It was amazing. Here’s my Top 10 of the festival:
- The Lighthouse
- The True Adventures of Wolfboy
- Ride Your Wave
- Dogs Don’t Wear Pants
- Color Out of Space
- Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro
- Dolemite is My Name
In the Shadow of the Moon
The Death of Dick Long
Dolemite Is My Name (★★★)
I enjoyed this film so much. A lot of it follows the structure of a typical Ed Wood-style biopic. What makes it stand out are the performances of EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in this film. Everyone brings such passion to their roles. Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes are the stand-outs. It’s an incredible story of persistence that is well worth seeing when it drops on Netflix.
What a thrill. In many mystery-driven films like this you find yourself trying to predict the outcome. I was 50/50 the whole film and still surprised by every twist and turn. The clues hidden in the dialogue, background, and small details add such depth to the film, and replay value. It’s a textbook solid thriller that I highly recommend.
Ride Your Wave (★★★)
This film warmed my heart so much. It deals so delicately with themes of grief and perseverance. It was such a great release from all the dread and cryptic films I had seen at the festival. A solid story, with unique/interesting characters, that gave me goosebumps a number of times – something a film hasn’t done in quite some time.
Long day today! After 3 consecutive movies I felt a bit fatigued. My eyes were straining hard during “The Happiness of the Katakuris,” didn’t help that I really didn’t enjoy that film – but I’ll post my reactions in a bit.
Today I’m most excited for “Color Out of Space” starring Nicolas Cage and adapted from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft – right up my alley. My groups is going to see “The Golden Glove” in the 2:30 slot, but I don’t do well with excessive gore, so I chose “Happy Face.”
It’s not that I can’t handle the gore, it’s just that I get annoyed when it’s gratuitous. A shot lingers on blooding, organs gushing too long and I think “Okay, I get it.”
Really looking forward to the debates tonight too! This being my first legit film festival I see the panels as being a way to give my eyes a break from the screen. Also I love a good debate.