Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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You can throw Claire Denis into the same bucket as directors like Terrence Malick, Hong Sang-soo, Hirokazu Koreeda and many others, they all use a reflective and quiet tone to drive their narratives that ultimately feel like fragments of the events. But I don't want to lump her in with those because this is also so completely its own and truly a masterwork in portraying the limits of the human body and soul in these circumstances and makes films like "Full Metal Jacket" look surfaced (which it's not). I'm ashamed to say I've only seen 2 of Claire's films, this and "White Material," and need to go through everything she's done because I know the single viewing I had of this film will stick with me for a long, long time.
Fun fact! Greta Gerwig claims this film to be the reason she wanted to be a director! Thank God she saw it!
Like all of Michael Curtiz adventure films from this time, this is gloriously shot with stunning set design and cinematography. No modern films shot out at sea look this beautiful. Too bad the romance and character arcs don't really work.
This is such an odd film. The plot and screenplay already reek of the worst 90s sci-fi action film, and Ang Lee for some reason or another decides to shoot everything at 60fps which makes any scene with spectacle look like it's gone through a low-budget student film filter. Extremely bizarre. I will give it props for some action scenes that were shot practically and with the exception of younger clone Will Smith, the CGI looks quite great. But pretty much every dialogue scene with the two Wills look straight out of a video game cut scene.