Train to Busan is campy and engaging, a movie that is frustrating in how the characters handle things - classic horror tropes - while being unique and engaging enough to accept it. Half of the movie I was angry at the characters for being nincumpoops, and the other half I was cheering their ingenuity on. It's quite a cool take on the zombie genre though and one that I am very happy to have watched despite the outcome.
TBOBS is a wonderfully filmed and acted series of Western shorts that have hit or miss quality. The film runs long and feels like it despite the changeups throughout. I feel that the film would have been stronger with "Meal Ticket" removed, and while I understand why people may like it, it certainly felt like a filler story. For the most part the rest of the film felt highly engaging and quite enjoyable. I particularly liked the title short as well as the continuity of it in the following short, as well as the tragedy of The Gal Who Got Rattled. The closing story titled "The Mortal Remains" reminded me much of Hateful Eight in a good way. This is quite a fun film to watch!
The Florida Project hit me hard at the end. Part of my life I grew up in a situation that many steps ahead of this, but still lower class. I was fortunate enough to have at least had my own bed and a kitchen in the small 2 bedroom apartment that slept 5 of us. I had other friend who slept in the closet of the master bedroom because their family had 7 people. Our parents were mostly neglectful and we left the house from morning til night. It wasn't half as bad as the situation here, but I can relate and it felt very real.
This is a wonderfully acted, far too real look into a poverty stricken group of people who get by one day at a time. It's heartbreaking and tense. Cinematography and colors are beautiful despite the mess of a life.
The Platform seems to me to be a movie with themes centered around capitalism. The floors that one finds themselves on seem random, much at how life can sometimes push and pull you in ways that you have no control over. The levels show how quickly people forget how bad the bottom was as they rise to the top. It's about how those on the low-end of the scale will fight tooth and nail for crumbs while accepting that those above them must always have it better. It's pushing socialism. I agree with the sentiments shared to an extent, though I think they are pushed a little bit too hard.
The Platform is tense, thrilling, and consistently kept me on my toes as I attempted to keep up and guess what would happen next. It reminded me a little bit of Parasite in a way, though lacking execution. Fantastic concept though.
An insightful look into Hasidim and the troubles with the insular culture. It feels more like a cult than a religion and was quite sad to see how it affected these three ex-Hasidics after they left their religion. Losing their family, friends, and support system was troubling to see.