Youth (2015), Paolo Sorrentino ★★★★★
Some scenes need to be seen on the big screen. Soylent Green, the closing credits when we once again see what Sol (Edward G. Robinson) saw during his closing moments. Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty has a similar scene during the credit roll down the canal that glues you to your seat, I imagine, as I missed it at the theater and had to settle for a DVD viewing. Youth has a few, including the final scene, which is breathtaking.
Far from Heaven (2002), Todd Haynes ★★★★★
In the middle of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happaning when Elliot (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) take refuge in an elderly woman’s home and are sitting down to a meal, the old woman says:
So what’s with you two? Who’s chasing who?
Ain’t no time two people staring at each other, or standing still, loving both with their eyes are equal. Truth is, someone is chasing someone. That’s the way we’s built. So, who’s chasing?
Most will miss the melodrama going on behind the scenes in The Happening.
Which leads to Todd Haynes’ signature shot; an alternating close up of two people staring into each other’s eyes. This shot in his latest film, Carol, is more than memorable, and The Happening’s question applies. In Far from Heaven, there are two such shots, and Julianne Moore nails it, both times opposite Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24).