Scorsese's longevity is something to marvel at. I'm not the biggest fan of his, but how after 40+ years of directing he can make a film that feels as fresh as this, is really quite admirable. All his films I've seen feel well-inspired and purposeful, which makes him an almost unrivalled director when it comes to consistency.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Struggling to see the purpose of the film, and I was pretty hurt after watching it in all honesty. Its handling of suicide as a subject seemed evasive, cynical, generally destructive, and worst of all, manipulative. The hypothesis seemed to be that responsibility for suicide always lies solely with the victim/culprit - or at least that's the suggestion with Sam Elliot's monologue to Lady Gaga's Ally - and maybe the film wasn't intending on making a stance on the subject, but by including it, you face an inherent responsibility to handle it with care, which it fails to do horrendously.
I don't think I can really put into words how important what Vincent Van Gogh has come to symbolise for me in my life is. So please, if you have 5 minutes, just listen to James Blake's cover of Vincent by Don McLean, and head over to check out my older brother Nathan's profile here. His life mirrored Van Gogh's in more ways than I can describe. He took his life on Valentine's day this year, and it would mean a lot if anyone took the time to see how amazing his film taste was.
I haven't watched any of the Rocky films for at least five years. Got so caught up in the gradual indoctrination of constantly looking for different films, more obscure films etc. that I forgot that feeling of letting go of any worries about originality, to just go along for the emotional roller coaster. Really brought me back to watching Rocky for the first time when I was about thirteen, so good.