“movie on my neck with the screen gems” - pusha t
It’s got a ham-handed message about race and class in New York that sometimes even feels at odds with its graphic violence, it’s got Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto as buddy cops, it’s got Richard Ward as a Harlem Gangster, it’s got shockingly good and fluid camera movement, and of course it’s got that classic Bobby Womack song (but not the version you really like.) It’s Across 110th Street.
Typical of Kaufman there’s a lot to unpack with I’m Thinking of Ending Things. I should start by saying that I have read the book and I appreciated most of the alterations to the original text. Kaufman’s turned an enjoyably creepy page-turner with a twist ending into something that lingers in a very different way.
This movie is cold. “Cold,” “winds,” “brr,” “blizzard” get tossed around a lot. The exterior shots are an icy blue, devoid of color and obscured…
This is that sweet spot where Wes works best for me. The heavily stylized visuals and flights of fantasy are grounded in an approach to serious subjects that’s darkly humorous but never so ironic that it sacrifices its humanity. It’s beautifully detailed and idiosyncratic in the way that only Anderson could be, the soundtrack is an iconic, eclectic mixtape, everyone in the cast’s comedic timing is perfect as is their quiet sadness that comes with age, regret, and failure.