to the blog powerhouse, BIG OTHER, alongside other year-end lists by Andrew Borgstrom, Eugene Lim, Kevin Prufer, Cooper Renner, and David Shields.
Watched this movie yesterday and loved it: Mystery, cinematography, amazing child actors, Children of the Corn minus superpowers or onscreen violence, historically timeless until it’s historically timeful, responsible use of voice-over narration. Yes please.
It’s on Netflix Instant Watch. There are a bunch of other Michael Hanake movies on there as well but none seem as smart or as interesting. I watched about a third of Funny Games this morning. Great use of music in the title sequence, but all the finger-wagging rub-your-face-in-it violence is so self-consciously provocative. It doesn’t even feel like the same filmmaker.