There’s a scene where the female doctor ( the focus of the doc ) goes out for the first time from the subterranean hospital where she works and encounters her city on fire and ruins, at any moment I thought -it looks beautiful or reminded me of Call or duty.-
Not an easy watch to say the least. but in terms of execution I prefer a few others this year.
'There's a terror in knowing what the world is about'
I meant to post a while back that I watched Hail Satan? last month. I hadn't heard of it prior to it making John Waters best of the year list. Really good balance of entertaining and interesting. The section about the Satanic Panic of the 80s/90s equating to what the Catholic church was doing hurt my heart -- I'd never heard it broken down like that before.
Oh honeys this was fascinating with lots of rare photographs and footage. Sid Luft is narrated by Jon Hamm while Jennifer Jason Leigh does Garland in that strange voice she used for playing Dorothy Parker. What's with that voice? Luckily, she doesn't have too many lines as she sounds nothing like Garland, who was quite down to earth. The tragedy and horror of Garland's life are told here quite fully, as well as her professional successes. Whenever I see anything about Judy Garland, it always reminds me of Monty Clift, so much talent and so much self-destruction. Drug addiction is a terrible thing.
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Honeyland - The surprise of the year for me! The beekeeper and her mother are some of the most memorable movie subjects in a while. Muratova loves being filmed and she doesn't hide it. And her mother suggests the ancient Chunibala Devi from Pather Panchali, but with a wicked sense of humor. "I know I'm a nuisance to you", she tells her daughter, "but I don't intend on dying". (More warning than apology). These two singlehandedly keep mischief alive in the mountains. All else is hardship.
But this is no folkloric take on natural life in mountainous Macedonia... or at least, not just that. Muratova's labor comes at a very high cost. Of all the people in the film, she's the most faithful to this wild thorny region, even though it seems to eat at her. She has no children of her own (though she shows great affection for one of her neigbors' kids) so when she goes, it will truly be the end. At one point she's left alone with the camera and the sound of wolves harassing her in the dead of night. She chases the darkness away with torches. It feels like a scene that's repeated itself for centuries, captured here for the last time.
At no point do we hear the directors' voices. We don't have to. It really is a magnificent film that expresses all through observation--with an eye for beauty that borders on the ineffable.
Top 3 of the year for me (with The Irishman and Parasite); wish it had won Doc.
The Legend of Cocaine Island (2018) ~7/10 - on Netflix
Very entertaining but shallowly presented film. The re-enactments are awful, unless you like seeing a dude puke in a toilet (wtf)......on the other hand it's a very fun way to kill 90 minutes ........and make you think a bit too.