On this week’s 2000 retrospective episode of That’s the Thing, Alex and Nick look at Edward Yang’s highly acclaimed final feature Yi Yi. Plus in their recommendations of the week, Nick picks a rediscovered Iranian classic and Alex dives deeper into Tarkovsky.
On this week’s 2000 retrospective episode of “That’s the Thing,” Alex and Nick take a look at Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dissection of class, violence, desire, loss and redemption in his Oscar-nominated feature debut, Amores Perros. Plus, a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman.
Continuing their 2000 retrospective on That’s the Thing, the Kouhi brothers take a look at Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s controversial The Circle.
Christopher Nolan, the fastidious fabulist of the thinking man’s blockbuster, has established a distinct corpus which revels in the mechanics of spectacle. His penetration of the mainstream is all the more remarkable for an auteur who is equal parts Georges Méliès and Stanley Kubrick in his clinical showmanship. If part of his extravagant flair lies in a constant experimentation with chronological storytelling, then it should come as no surprise that Tenet, his eleventh feature film, is a big-budget, multi-genre hybrid tribute to time travel. While this isn’t Nolan’s first foray into the subject (it played a crucial role in the climax of his 2014 sci-fi weepie Interstellar), Tenet nevertheless does to the space-time continuum what Inception did to the realm of dreams. Whether you find that comparison exciting or aggravating will depend entirely on how much of Nolan’s quirks you can stomach, yet even the most stalwart devotee might find themselves tested by Tenet.
On this week’s episode of That’s the Thing, Alex and Nick continue their 2000 retrospective, looking at David Gordon Green’s acclaimed feature-length debut, George Washington.