The scene where Olivia Colman threatens the rowdy teenagers in the cinema is almost too relatable.
A beautiful revisit, in 70mm this time! Was there a more transcendent moment in cinema last year than when Alana and Gary lie down next to each other on the waterbed as Paul McCartney wails “LET ME ROLL IT” on the soundtrack?
Also, I’m sure this has been written somewhere by someone, but much better than the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be PTA’s 70s LA universe, where all the characters from Boogie Nights, Inherent Vice and Licorice Pizza hang out and cross paths, and their children grow up to be the screwed-up adults in Magnolia.
“Would you want to be a part of this history?” - Jimmy Hoffa
“Yes, I would. Whatever you need me to do, I’m available.” - Me
New York Film Festival screening at Alice Tully Hall. Good lord, how I loved this film. What can I even say? The shortest 3 1/2 hours of my life. My heroes banded together for a masterpiece.
Sir Ridley has outdone himself.
The Last Duel races forward with narrative purpose. It’s an enormously entertaining portrait of contradictory perspectives, unreliable narrators and wounded machismo - dramatized on a characteristically enormous canvas by Scott. Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver and Ben Affleck are as excellent as you’d expect, and the script - by Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener - inventively sidesteps every expectation of this kind of film.
In a just world, this movie would be one of the biggest hits of the fall. Go support good movies, people!