I studied through an entire history degree without seeing this film once - what the hell was I thinking?
I tried to write a conventional review on this, I really did, but plenty of room-pacing and backspace key-pressing have realised that typed words alone cannot summarise these 90 minutes with due justice. End of Evangelion is a visual experience first; not only from its impeccable artistic style and shot composition, but that its subject matter (particularly from the second half onward) goes beyond description - which is more than fine. Wide eyes, cold chills, and the slight tear said more than any possible words of mine. A time that will stick with you and refuse to leave: perfect.
Man, just when I thought Oshima and Nakahira had youth cinema locked down, Kurahara jumps in and cranks the Sun Tribe formula up to eleven. A violent, sex-mad world where everything gets thrown at your face; it's the car chases, the bar fights, the gang wars and a sleazy robber's cry of "only guys who can't appreciate jazz get into fights!" before chatting up a local prostitute. And that damn jazz soundtrack. And…
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The sub-plot about the nurse/doctor relationship was forgettable. But everything else, the cinematography, pacing, and casting (a nice change of pace to see Jim Carrey in something that isn't another mediocre comedy), felt perfect.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is easily up there with Lost in Translation, as one of the best Romance films that I've ever seen.
War changes people. Physically, mentally, psychologically, few films portray this transformation in such a stark light as Cimino's 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳. The film is set as a three-part sequence, following the cast before, during, and after deployment. And while De Niro and Walken (naturally) excel in their respective headlining performances, extensive work is put into the supporting cast to ensure a high standard of character development - Meryl Streep in particular shines as Linda, a veteran's wife-to-be caught in a…