Rian Johnson’s Breaking Bad episodes are flawless. Which makes me think of how a lot of recent television shows seem to like to blend a lot of genre together and not really stick with one mood. It works most of the time but god last night’s Fargo episode may of been the worst things I have watched in…a long time.
As for movies I was quite surprised with Toni Erdmann. I read that it was a comedy which doesn’t necessarily mean it has to tell you jokes, but I found it funny for many reasons that go beyond timing and I’m sure many other people did too. Really was not what I was expecting. I imagine its the same feeling people get from playing a game like Inside. If it was made in the U.S. it would of opened with one of the last scenes of the film and ask the audience “How did we get in his wacky and obscene situation!”
Non-anglophone filmmakers are really patient in that way I think, The Handmaiden was another movie from last year that had been distinctly ‘Park Chan-wookian’ but couldn’t be put in any genre I can think of. Again it is the patience I think that makes these two movies stand out as good films that aren’t necessarily “remixed” or “blended”.