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Columbus (2017)

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Not the debated Christopher Columbus, the director Chris Columbus, or even Columbus, Ohio, home of the Buckeyes...We're talking Columbus, Indiana, which is apparently one of the great architectural cities of North America and where John Cho goes to make peace with his ailing father and meets an underachieving girl trapped in a caregiver relationship, all against the backdrop of aforementioned architecture.  




Anyhow, reviews are stellar.  The director is Korean and the style strikes me as Japanese...this is playing exactly twice in my town, go figure, but I'll catch it tomorrow.

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I'll see it!


I've heard the title and that Cho stars in it, but otherwise know nothing else about it (aside from what you wrote above).

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An excited Nooj! The director, Kogonada, is an interesting fellow who has made the study of film his life's work...and he may have a successful career on his own.
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OH, Kogonada!  The guy who was making video essays that didn't come off like desperate youtube fodder like most!!!

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I believe I already started a thread on this.


It's phenomenal. My second favorite movie of the year so far, after Dunkirk.


Best cinematography of the year. And Kogonada's eye for composition must have played a part, because the DP never did anything remotely at this level before. Kogonada's editing shows his vision, not the fact that he did video essays before this.


Chu and Richardson are great. Richardson, particularly, is a revelation here. Light years better than her turns in Split or Edge of Seventeen.


Michelle Forbes and Parker Posey are also very good in supporting roles.


It is a very subtle (well, the dialogue does border on pedantic a couple times, but mostly quite good for a first-timer like Kogonada), low-key, beautiful film that resonated with me on a very deep and personal level.


The end is very simple and very sublime.

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My bad, Wasp.   But yeah, hopefully it's all that.  Both Cho and Richardon's characters sound compelling.  Columbus isn't too far from Indianapolis so I might visit next time I do GenCon.

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Anyone else catch this movie yet?


Looking through that Awards Circuit post the other day, and clearly Columbus is gonna end up one of the most overlooked/slept-on films as far as year-end recognition goes. But I think it's a top ten movie this year, for sure.

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I did.


Believe the hype. This is the fucking goods.


Looking at some of Kogonada's visual essays (emphasis on visual), this very much feels like his own personal thesis on how art should be viewed. My favorite moment: When Haley Lu Richardson's character--I had absolutely no idea that this was the same actress from Split; she is absolutely fantastic here--tries to describe why she likes a certain piece of architecture in the most literal terms, John Cho (who is at his most charming here) stops her and basically asks her, "yeah but how does it make you feel." The film's dialogue cuts out; we don't ever hear what she says--but we know anyways. The cinematography, the music, spacing of the actors, all of it combines that we understand exactly how she feels with ever hearing exactly what she says. And I think that's exactly what Kogonada wants us to take from Columbus.


It's a movie that expects you to meet it half away. Rather than view it intellectually (plotplotplotplotplot) instead it should be viewed emotionally.

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Watched this on Hulu yesterday. Gorgeous movie. As I said to Nooj on Facebook, very reserved. Minimal score. I love when Jin asks Casey to tell him how she feels about a building, instead of just the tour guide history, and it cuts to the other side of the glass and the music kicks in instead of us hearing what she says.


Lots of static medium shots, lots of people framed in doorways. As Casey says at one point, "Asymmetrical, but balanced." 


It's not a traditional romance, so maybe I'm just projecting, but Jin seemed like he was supposed to be around 30, maybe a little older than Rory Culkin's Gabriel. But I couldn't help but think, even though he doesn't look his age, that John Cho is more than 20 years older than Haley Lu. Eh, whatever. 


Fascinating choice to mostly hold back showing Jin's dad, amplifying his presence all the more. 


ETA: I just noticed I describe my favorite moment just like Ska does! It's a good scene.

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