mother! (2017)

Aronofsky has a very specific style and very specific interests. I think the unexpected commercial success of “Black Swan” and the confused (even coopted?) marketing of “Noah” positioned Aronofsky as someone he wasn’t. “mother!” feels to me more an assertion of Aronofsky’s particular style and sensibilities rather than a tilt at further mainstream success, the…

It (2017)

Cutting half of the story of “It” out and concentrating solely on the children’s tale might cause issues in the sequel tackling the less standalone adult half, but for this 2017 adaptation of “It”, it works wonders, giving way to a streamlined, coherent story that makes it look fairly effortless. Honing in more on the…

It (1990)

The 1990 adaptation of “It” does quite a neat job of maintaining the book’s non-linear structure coherently. Some of the excluded segments from the book are lamentable, but the majority are sensible changes, and the characters all come through just fine. Tim Curry’s performance as It is a particular delight, narrowing down on the seductive…

It (1986) by Stephen King

“It” feels like a very definitive statement by King, a very clear representation of his style, who he is, and what’s he’s about. The fascination with coming-of-age stories of young children, particularly in the 1950s (like The Body / Stand By Me), the sick underbellies of evil towns usually in Maine (tonnes and tonnes of…

Playtime (1967)

“Playtime” is a perfect refinement and evolution of Tati’s skills and concerns as a filmmaker. The visual comedy of “Jour de Fete” being refined into telling a more ambitious story, Monsieur Hulot from “Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday” used appropriately as a vehicle for storytelling instead of just a source of gags, the anticonsumerist themes of “Mon…

Mon oncle (1958)

Monsieur Hulot, and Tati’s style in general, really clicked for me here in a way they hadn’t for his preceding two films. Maybe it was because it was less of a shaggy, freeform experience to sink into (though it still was to a degree) and more something buoyed by a throughline, arcs, ideas, themes. Or…