a movie full of easter eggs of itself, channeling m. night in the best of ways. demands physically informed performances from every single person, a real treat that way. lupita is phenomenal, a performance that will go down as one of the greats. treads some water in that middle. the finale is such a beguiling fusion, my favorite stuff here. doppelganger movies are one of my niche subgenres, so i was queued up to like it but also it's just really damn good. really stand-out score too
these are just some thoughts. i admit to not engaging with the film itself in these reactions, just some scribblings. i saw the roadshow version.
I like nasty movies. I like nasty characters. I like nihilism. I like when movies are confrontational. I can't say I liked The Hateful Eight. I would be far more willing to embrace its vile attitudes if the story, characters, scenarios or story twists had any semblance of spark to them. But no. It doesn't.…
A bona-fide classic in my favorite subgenre of horror, that of the psychological. A lot of credit goes to Ira Levin’s novel which, though I haven’t read, I hear is an extremely close adaptation by Polanski down to apartment geography, color schemes and dialogue. It takes a plot that could have been very silly or campy in other hands and roots it in relatable fears and a very real sense of inevitability that remains very disturbing. I’m doubting that Polanski…