When the movie opened with elephant shit, I knew that this was not going to be my favorite version of Damien Chazelle.
The discourse around Cloverfield films has largely been a product of the hype and intrigue meticulously built by producer J.J. Abrams.
On the surface, First Man couldn’t be less like Damien Chazelle’s previous films.
“We lost, by the way.”
Saying that 10 Cloverfield Lane is a different kind of movie from Cloverfield is an understatement.
Cloverfield is the definitive 9/11 genre film.
The idiom “tight as a drum” refers to the tension of a piece of leather on the frame of a drumhead.
I’ve noted multiple times throughout this retrospective that Damien Chazelle likes to trace the challenges of musicians and creatives in his movies, requiring that they sacrifice some of themselves to achieve fulfillment.
The Last Exorcism: Part II is dreadfully boring.
In 2013, Damien Chazelle premiered at Sundance a short film called Whiplash designed to build up interest in creating a feature film version of the story.