I know it is a little too early to tell, and I’m not only saying this for the sake of puns, but I think THE FAVOURITE might be my own personal favourite movie of the year. The performances are incredible and downright shocking, and in my personal opinion, Yorgos Lanthimos can do wrong, ever. THE FAVOURITE only solidifies that opinion furthermore in my brain.
Imagine the immense pressure that must’ve existed for Barry Jenkins after the rampant success of Moonlight. His debut feature film won the Oscar for Best Picture. How does he top that? A lot of people can’t handle the pressure after winning an Oscar, especially early in their careers, but the stress didn’t appear to faze Jenkins, or perhaps he used it to his advantage, because IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK is yet another beautiful understated masterpiece.
I had no idea what to expect when I sat down in the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center for the press and industry screening of Zhangke Jia’s latest film ASH IS THE PUREST WHITE. I went in with an endorsement from a trusted filmmaker friend and that was about it. I was genuinely surprised for the complex, heartbreaking adventure that was set out before me.
Ever since I can possibly remember, I have been obsessed with music just about as much as I am with movies. I didn’t really start to form my own legitimate opinions about music until I was around 16 or 17, and I always daydreamed about how cool it must be to be in a band, especially after reading certain books like Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azzerad.
I remember several months ago, my boyfriend and I were sitting watching movie trailers on Reddit because we are so incredibly cool. The original teaser trailer for FIRST REFORMED was on the list. The trailer was not extremely revealing as to the overall plot of the film but even still, I knew I had to see it.