The films of the Coens brothers are rich and complicated ones, but you nevertheless have got an idea in your head if I tell you that something is Coens-ish. There's a comic-violence caper-gone-wrong feel that you're feeling, right? Well in the past week I've seen a pair of movies that felt that feel too and decided to twist it up in their own complicated ways, ones that the Coens themselves haven't come up with yet, and here's the poster and the trailer for one of them. It's Takashi Miike's First Love, which is playing TIFF very soon and which will then open in NYC & LA on September 27th.
First Love stars Masataka Kubota (who previously worked with Miike on the great 13 Assassins) as a down on his luck boxer who gets sucked via a pretty girl (Sakurako Konishi) into an underworld crime scheme involving lots of brightly colored characters and yes, stop me if you've heard this plot before but no, no, you have never seen this plot quite like this before, believe you me. It's Miike at his madcap-iest. Anyway I'll save all this for when I review the movie -- just watch the trailer for now!
"The Crown is well acted but I hate it so much. Maybe it’s just because I think they’re all spoiled pieces of shit. I don’t know... I love Josh but I never made it to his season."
"Jason, PLEASE watch The Crown. I promise you... I can't believe someone like you has not even tried to tune in. Watch the first episode; better yet, the first two episodes."
"The Crown is well made, well acted, but I don’t buy the portrayal of that fucked up family. I watched some of the first season, and I just don’t believe a person like the queen is that relatable in reality. And I don’t feel it’s worth my time to try and empathize with them. Let’s force her to watch numerous episodes of stories of normal people and see how long she lasts."
--- Everybody's got an opinion on The Crown! Mine is just that Josh O'Connor is adorbs... or is that ear-dorbs? Okay I'll stop. Do you watch The Crown? Thoughts?