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Why ‘A Ghost Story’ is a modern day masterpiece

 

There was something about the first look of A Ghost Story that was so brilliant, I couldn’t wait to watch the film. Everything seemed minimal, well designed and in some ways like a painting. After waiting for the film for quite a few months, I finally had a chance to watch it. I was awestruck. The film blew me away.
David Lowery’s imagery is thought provoking and extraordinarily immersive.

Here’s a summary describing the film via IMDB :

“In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.”

The film is simply fascinating. Anything more than that brief ^ would be giving too much away. Lowery uses long takes, gorgeously designed shots, incredible silences and creates a truly immersive experience. Needless to say, we are mostly watching the film from the Ghost’s point of view. Lowery’s depiction of the wandering ghost is so compelling, it forces you to think and rethink a lot of theories you might have heard about ‘life after death’.

The film is far from a horror. It’s more of a fantasy, drama and in some sense, a journey movie. Needless to say, the film is thoroughly original in it’s entirety. There’s a scene quite early in the film between the Ghost and Rooney Mara that for me, was on par with some of the best scenes from Spike Jonze’s Her. The strangeness, mysteriousness and ambiguity used to establish such an emotional connect has been done so brilliantly only a few times in modern day cinema.

A Ghost Story is a modern day masterpiece. David Lowery has created something so fascinating and original that it will be remembered as a benchmark indie film for years to come.

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Oscar 2017 predictions

(Some categories have been left out deliberately)

Best Picture:

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La La Land

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Wild pick (Should win): Moonlight 

Best Director:

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Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

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Wild pick: Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) 

Best Actor Leading Role:

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Casey Affleck (Manchester by the sea)

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Wild pick: Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress Leading Role: 

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Emma Stone (La La Land)

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Wild pick (Should Win): Isabelle Huppert (Elle) 

Actor in Supporting Role: 

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Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

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Wild pick: Dev Patel (Lion) 

Actress In Supporting Role:

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Naomie Harris (Moonlight

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Wild pick: Viola Davis (Fences)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

Moonlight 

Wild pick: Fences 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Manchester by the sea

Wild pick: La La Land 

Animated Feature: 

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Zootopia 

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Wild pick (Should Win) : Red Turtle 

Cinematography: 

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Wild pick: La La Land

Costume Design: 

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Wild pick: Jackie

Documentary Feature:

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O.J.: Made in America 

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Wild pick: I Am Not Your Negro

Film Editing:

La La Land 

Wild pick: Arrival 

Sound Editing:

Arrival

Wild pick: La La Land 

Sound Mixing: 

La La Land

Wild pick: Hacksaw Ridge 

Foreign Language Film:

The Salesman

Wild pick: Toni Erdmann

Music (Original Score) 

La La Land

Wild pick: Moonlight

Music (Original Song) 

Audition (La La Land

Wild pick: City of stars (La La Land)