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I May Destroy You
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The first time I saw this film I hated it, but I sensed there was something there. The second time I saw it I enjoyed it. It's a film about a man who is literally insane, I didn't understand that the first time. There are reasons why he loses his sanity. It's a bizarre, surreal, half crime, half horror film that was surprisingly made in Japan in 1965 by an outcast director who formed his own studio to make it. It's clearly a cult film. I won't delve in the bizarre story. Suffice to say the man has hallucinations. There is an amazing scene near the end. I want to believe it's real (not a hallucination) but there is no way of knowing for sure. That's part of the greatness of this film. Lots of perverted and decadent Japanese in this film- people who are not insane and should know better but are thoroughly corrupted by the power of money. You see, the insane man has 30 million Yen to spend in one year, how he gets the money, why he gets the money and his initial fear of the money is what makes him insane.
Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest science-fiction film ever made introduced God in the film language in a mystical way that has not been imitated again before or since. But how does a director introduce God to the audience through pain, inner torment and torture. Sure, Ingmar Bergman attempted it several times but even he never dared to attempt it within the confines of and Epic story. And when God finally does appear late in this film, it is truly a film miracle, because revelations and insights come with it that can transform your life. This is the tale of Jesuit missionaries coming to Japan in 1633, when Christianity is forbidden under penalty of torture and death. The two missionaries are also quasi-detectives because they cannot fathom the evidence that their very teacher has renounced Christianity and is living as a Japanese would. In their minds it must be a rumor.
The miracle of this film is everyone knows this story forwards, backwards and sideways but this film makes it seem fresh, new and even surreal. It's the most fascinating film of the year as we are made to feel what it must have been like to be her and to be her in the most traumatic time imaginable. Natalie's performance is legendary, primarily because what I saw was Natalie Portman, she doesn't really look like Jackie. But about halfway in the film I felt I wasn't watching Natalie at all but the first lady, so astonishing is her transformation into Jackie- unfortunately the casting of Bobby Kennedy and LBJ is poor. JFK is however omnipresent even though he's only seen for a few seconds but not heard about halfway into the movie. Then near the end he speaks in the real JFK's voice and that is especially heartbreaking and then he is seen dancing with Jackie. As first lady she is an exemplar of dignity, class and intelligence and that is continually interwoven with scenes of her being interviewed about a week or 2 after the assassination- her eyes basically pink-eyed from constant mourning, in which she is caustic, confrontational and bitter, and extreme change from when she was first lady, ever ready to smile for the public and careful to put on her best soothing voice, which further adds to her legend, the fact that she had 2 distinct very different sounding speaking voices, one for the public and one for her self, family and confidants. An utterly brilliant film.
This is hands down the best film of 2016. Nothing else even comes close. It is that great. Have you ever seen a film so awesome it gets to the point that the screenplay doesn't even matter? What I mean is, late in the film there is a scene in which two men are talking and I can't make out what they are saying, because of ghetto slang, and then I realized it doesn't matter because this film is a bona-fide masterpiece. Telling you the plot does a disservice because A) you won't see it and B) it won't begin to convey the greatness of this film. It will get underneath your skin. It will devastate you. It reminds me of the film "Precious" which is about another down-and-out ghetto person with ZERO chance of any semblance of happiness through no fault of the person himself or herself. But I feel this film is even greater than "Precious", maybe I feel that way because it gives me the male sensibility. But just like that film one feels as if one is the same as the protagonist.
Superlative film about a totally unique soldier- a conscientious objector who chose to volunteer rather than be drafted. Apparently he was lied to when he volunteered. He was told that because he was going in as a medic he would not be required to use guns. The torture for him begins when he refuses to touch a rifle in boot camp. He's continually abused by his commanding officers and gets brutally beaten by his fellow soldiers. However, he refuses to quit so they try to court martial him. He is very nearly court martialed with a dishonorable discharge but a compromise is reached. He is allowed to go into battle without any weapon to defend himself with. What he does in battle has to be seen to be believed. If I tell you what he does you simply won't believe me. The battle scenes are utterly horrific, the most horrific I have ever seen in any war film. AND it's a 100% true story!