not sure where else to post this
saw Larrain’s Tony Manero yesterday. I thought it was just going to be a dark comedy about a man with a John Travolta / Saturday Night Fever obsession.
I guess you could call it a black comedy but it turned out to be barbarous and unsettling, with a memorable final scene
― Dan S, Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:06 (ten months ago) link
Post Mortem was also interesting. It was apparently filmed in a 2.66:1 aspect ratio using Lomo lenses on 16mm film, and had beautiful subdued colors
didn't love this quite as much, but the final scene was as memorable as the one in Tony Manero
― Dan S, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 02:36 (nine months ago) link
No is a little more conventional as a film than Tony Manero or Post Mortem
― Dan S, Sunday, 29 September 2019 22:40 (nine months ago) link
I’m really impressed by Alfredo Castro after seeing three films featuring him now
― Dan S, Sunday, 29 September 2019 22:41 (nine months ago) link
Castro is very good! Check out From Afar as well, it has gorgeous cinematography by Sergio Armstrong (Larrain's usual photographer) and a great part for Castro.
No was the first I saw of Larrain, and I kind of dismissed him as a crafty stylist. Then I saw El Club and loved it. No still seems funny, feel good and slight tome, but I like it a bit more, since it really is funny. It also helps that it's a bit removed from the hype of 'this TRUE STORY shows the power of advertising!' which but me off at the time. Now it seems more in line with Larrain's interest in storytelling and how it shapes our lives.
― Frederik B, Sunday, 29 September 2019 23:11 (nine months ago) link
I’ve been continuing to watch his films. I just saw El Club. Like Tony Manero and Post Mortem it is solemn but also incredibly savage and strange. It also has beautiful photography, with back-lit washed-out images
― Dan S, Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:06 (nine months ago) link
will watch From Afar
― Dan S, Thursday, 10 October 2019 01:07 (nine months ago) link
A story about institutionalization of denial. The pious moral compromise of the final scene in El Club is another subtly shocking ending for Larrain, it seems like a signature for him
― Dan S, Thursday, 10 October 2019 02:44 (nine months ago) link
haven't rewatched Jackie yet, but Neruda seems so much more watered down and conventional than his earlier films
― Dan S, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 04:15 (eight months ago) link
Nooooo! It has one of my best new filmic ideas, the way that scenes are cut between so many locations, and in the beginning you don't really notice it, because films sometimes do that, but then in the climactic conversation Gael Garcia Bernal all of a sudden notices that he is moving between between places every cut! Because the past is an unstable construction! I love Neruda, kinda thinks it's his magnum opus.
― Frederik B, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:31 (eight months ago) link
i didn't really enjoy neruda that much either. i think either tony manero or no are my favourite of larrain's films.
no feels extra relevant this week obviously
― Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:21 (eight months ago) link
will have to see Neruda again
Jackie seems better to me than it did the first time I saw it
― Dan S, Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:10 (eight months ago) link
didn't notice that aspect of Neruda tbh
Tony Manero, Post Mortem, El Club were so good
― Dan S, Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:16 (eight months ago) link
Jackie gives a sense of how constantly Jackie Kennedy was watched
― Dan S, Thursday, 31 October 2019 00:54 (eight months ago) link
Ema is v good
― COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 2 May 2020 11:33 (two months ago) link