Three Colors: Blue. On grief (+ separating yourself from it) and human connection (+ separating yourself from it). I dig it. It doesn’t play like a weepy melodrama because our lead is in such a shambles, she’s unpredictable and hard to read. Never gonna argue with a Binoche movie. This is the first I watched from the Three Colors trilogy.
Godzilla (2014). This movie precisely met my expectations, which is kind of a treat in itself. I like how you end up rooting for the big guy. That said, I’m not sure I can describe how tired I am of seeing monsters roar at the screen. We’ve worn it out. The HALO jump scene is one of my favorites this year. Elizabeth Olsen is criminally under-featured. No good reason to waste all that talent, unless you’re also doing it with Watanabe, Binoche, Hawkins, Strathairn, Cranston… This movie is probably better overall, but Pacific Rim had better fightin’. I liked it.
Certified Copy. It’s really brilliant, and it’s kinda hard to talk about this movie without spoiling it. There’s a lovely parceling out of information here, the way you learn more about the protagonists. The reveals are like, “Oh… oooohhhh…”, not like, “But he’s ACTUALLY a GHOST!” In any case, the surprises depend on you coming to a conclusion, one way or another, and the way the movie unfolds, you have to question what you come up with. Much of the conversation in the movie works around ideas of authenticity (cf.), subjectivity, pretense, conviction, truth. Art and relationships are alike in that way. I’ve heard Colin Marshall praise director Abbas Kiarostami many times, and now I feel like a fool for not seeking out his work sooner. Watch this!