Nov 26, 2021
Just had the fortunate pleasure to watch this on-screen at Lincoln Center NYC, and I definitely admit that it wholeheartedly delivers on the hype built around! Walking in with the Murakami mindset that Beoning (2018) delivered was unfair of me, but did not disappoint me in any way. The key factor that sets this Murakami adaptation apart from Beoning is the fact that there aren't as many loose ends here though. Two distinctive call-outs which I sincerely applaud have to be the pacing of the edit and the performances. Even for a 3 hr movie, I was gripped from the start to the end - by either the surreal immersive monologues or the pace at which the story continued flowing. Unlike Taste of Cherry, the car itself is not a character here (which I expected) but the focus of the film on a macro level deals with similar concepts I believe - Death, Love, relationships, family, etc. You find signature Murakami moments in dialogues throughout, such as the monologues delivered by several actors capturing the abstract essence. All in all, if I have to describe the movie in a nutshell - "immersive" is the word coming to mind. Definitely worth the watch!
Sep 28, 2021
Recently I watched Tragedy of Macbeth by Joel Coen at the 59th New York Film Festival at its world premiere. Granted the performances by the cast - Denzel Washington and Frances Mcdormand were great and need to be appreciated, the film itself seemed excruciatingly dull in terms of being a part of cinema. It felt a lot like Joel simply copy pasted a theatre script and stuck a camera in front of the stage. All the efforts seemed to be directed at the script, dialogues and sound (and maybe because I couldn't follow the Shakespearian English there's a separate chamber of rage for me) - it felt there was SO MUCH room to explore let's say cinematography which was never visited! I think the movie is influenced by the fact that the Coens are directing plays a lot these days - to the point that Ethan Coen refrained from making any movies as of now just because he wants to focus on theatre Just my 2 cents @Debasmita Bhowmik abhi you definitely have to feed me in Tonino's, airport wala hi sahi PS: MAMI >>> NYFF