After Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or in 2018, it would be difficult for him to top the acclaim received and the impact made by this intimate family drama. Kore-eda followed this effort with an even more intimate, smaller French-English film called “The Truth”. Continue reading Review: The Truth
Claire Denis’ experimental sci-fi “High Life” (2018) is utterly bizarre- yes, but it’s also a reclusive and powerful picture. It’s a difficult film to quantify, and yet, despite its space odyssey setting, it really gets down to the meat of humanity. It’s more about relationships and isolation than it is about the exploration of black holes, or scientific experimentation.
Yes, that’s where it starts. As we eventually learn this ship once contained a group of previously death row inmates (including Mia Goth and André Benjamin) who were given the choice to be used as lab rats on a suicide mission. It gives you more time, and it may potentially help society find an alternative energy source, so it seems like an easy choice, right? Continue reading ITOL Top 50 Films of the Decade, Entry 29: High Life