Movies reviewed this week: Pierrot le Fou and Pig.
2/3/2022: Pierrot le Fou (1965): *****
Criterion Challenge 2022
Prompt: Watch a film starring Anna Karina
I’ve read that it takes a few movies before Godard really clicks. Maybe it was that, or maybe it was that this is the first color movie of his I’ve seen. Either way, I felt like I was watching a genius create new cinematic vocabulary while I watched. I kept yelping in delight.
Chalk up another Algerian War connection, accidentally this time. It’s starting to sink in exactly how much that war affected France in the decade after.
2/5/2022: Pig (2021): *****
For a long time, Pig is a John Wick homage. Not a reskin: an homage. There’s a secret underground world but, despite an early head fake, Cage doesn’t conquer it with violence. He’s a chef. He uses his own particular set of skills.
And then in the end it’s something else again. Can’t short-circuit grief, I guess.
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