Thursday, February 8, 2018

Columbus (2017)

Can filmmaking be taught/learned? Being able to notice and appreciate the inspired techniques and motifs of a great filmmaker doesn’t mean that you will be able to execute them yourself.

These were my thoughts going into the debut feature of visual essayist kogonada. And while he certainly didn’t produce a masterpiece like Tokyo Story on his first at-bat, he did succeed at internalizing the techniques of Ozu et al and personalizing them. That Columbus doesn’t feel like a Tarantino-esque stream of citations is a small miracle. He makes the experience seamless. You are not distracted by the style. He is not teaching. He is being.

Perhaps the next one will be Tokyo Story.

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