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I May Destroy You
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I love how each act of this film focuses on different characters, a background character in one part of the film is a main character in another, without being gimmicky.
A story of the life of a little girl living off the grid with her father in the bayou, dealing with the aftermath of a flood that ravages her home. This is one of those movies where I can't figure out if I really liked it, or just kind of liked it. It has a lot going for it, some beautiful imagery and editing (while also being occasionally frustrating with over shaky-ness and out of focus shots- although I know it was not by accident), a great performance by the young girl, and the best score I've heard in a while. I respect the fact that they had the balls to portray the father character (and the other adults as well) as very real, in that he's completely uneducated, and while not being evil, is not a good father. They never tried to Hollywood him up and make him some sort of renaissance man. Although it also makes the film harder to watch. It's a good film for sure, and I won't complain to much since we don't get enough films like this. It's very Malick-esque, yet not so idyllic.
The Monkees go psychedelic. Trying to destroy their bubblegum image, the Monkees, director Bob Rafelson, and screenwriter Jack Nicholson created a stream of conscious film making fun of their own image, commenting on the turmoil of the late sixties, and generally going for something closer to goofy art film than goofy TV show.
Don't look for any story here, just a series of vignettes. It mostly works, moves along at a nice pace, features some great songs, and some interesting cameos, including a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Dennis Hopper dressed as his character from Easy Rider, which was shooting at the time.
An OK movie with a great central performance. The main reason to watch this film is for Michael Shannon's amazing acting. The story itself is pretty good (a man is plagued with dreams of a M Knight Shalaman style storm that makes people do crazy stuff, and he becomes increasingly paranoid), but becomes a little repetitive after the 3rd or 4th dream sequence. Shannon's descent, and his questioning of his sanity were interesting, although it all wrapped up in a lame "film school" ending, which left me unsatisfied. For me personally it was a near miss. Still better than The Happening though...