A Ghost Story streaming online When I was little and we used to move all the time I’d write these notes and I would fold them up really small. And I would hide them. What’d they say? They we’re just things I wanted to remember so that if I ever wanted to go back there’d be a piece of me there waiting. What is it you like about this house so much? History. A writer writes a novel, a songwriter writes a song, we do what we can to endure. We build our legacy piece by piece and maybe the whole world will remember you or maybe just couple of people. But you do what you can to make sure you’re still around after you’re gone. 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utterly hated it but regardless of what side you’re on I still believe every story is worth dissecting and learning how it was made why it was made and what effect or connection it can have on you but before I explain my thoughts on the film I think it’s important to understand the perspective of the director David Lowery especially for this film he’s a man who bunked in his car and couch served as he made short film after short film trying to make it into Sundance David submitted I think five films prior to pioneer that know like I’ve been hounded up to today it was closer to twelve fifteen twelve twelve fifty movies are you that didn’t get into Sunday yeah he’s um and uh so keep doing it I’ll be the advice honestly and in 2013 his feature ain’t them bodies saints which starred Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck earned him major buzz leading him to helm Disney’s Pete’s dragon which starred Sundance founder Robert Redford and it’s the transition from indeed a blockbuster that I think adds a 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it’s interesting when you A Ghost Story streaming online compare the other indie directors who bump up the big studio films and then seeing that follow of that they have that significantly smaller but most of the time they have that movie because it tends to be more personal in a lares case it was the idea of leaving his Texas home behind that inspired my wife Otto Steen and I had just moved to LA to work on another film and we had left the home that we had in Texas behind and I was just really upset about that and I really had just not I didn’t want to move I didn’t want to leave this house that wasn’t even house we owned it was just a little house we were renting but it was the first house that we had bought or moved into after we got married and so it meant a lot to me and when I moved out of it I was just really upset and didn’t want to leave it behind and I was just you know wondering why I get so attached to physical spaces and I wanted to make a movie that sort of explored that idea and was so in a way this is sort of therapy for me about why I don’t like to move until the setup of the film and we’re a couple argues about moving out of their house is directly pulled from Lara’s argument with his wife and was such an experimental idea kind of helps having friends who you’ve worked with in the past come back especially when one of them is an oscar-winning actor with a lot of buzz around him that he may want to hide from agree to play a part where he’s mostly covered by a sheep there are times where someone else is under there but he was upset that anyone else was going to wear this costume he didn’t want to bequeath it to anyone and he wanted this role to be his and in a film where a man dies and comes back as a silent draped moving ghost we get some of the most human emotions for example there’s the infamous pie-eating scene that you may have heard of and where Rooney Mara eats an entire pie in a single five-ish minute take it’s definitely something that will aggravate people and I’m not going to lie and try to convince you that it’s the scene of the year but having watched it again I’ve gained a new perspective of it because a lot of people just focus on the length of the film and the simplicity of that scene ignoring the emotion and the situation of it you definitely would have had to have gone through a similar experience to understand the grief of the scene of just standing there and such a private moment watching somebody mourn if you’ve never had a loss and yeah the scene seems pretty done but if you have you know what it’s like to just sit there thinking you’re in private as the world keeps going and going and you A Ghost Story streaming online try to swallow your grief as far as the ghosts perspective we see a play on time as opposed to how we humans see it linearly not being able to go backwards or pause and just being able to go forwards but since KC athletes ghost isn’t bound by those rules he can jump ahead in time he can simultaneously experience multiple moments and as we see towards the end of the movie he can jump off of a building and travel the opposite direction in time before the house was ever even built even in the editing style we see how the rules of time are different by ignoring the conventional fades that would allude to time passing by like we see in other movies and instead they resort to hard cuts showing you that the ghost experiences everything all at once even with the one 331 aspect ratio we get elements of the story visually it calls our attention to the center of the screen aesthetically it adds to the ghostly presence of the film with its old tiny Polaroid look an thematically it shows how the main character is stuck in a box something that even Xavi Erdal on explored with his 2015 movie mommy and considering that the movie is all about attachments and letting go we see where the ghost as many others do in folklore is it down to that house hoping to one day retrieve the note that its wife left behind in the walls now yes it is confusing that the ghost can throw dishes and haunt the following Mexican family that but can’t poke a hole through a wall either way the message still stands that it’s a physical thing that’s keeping him behind something that maybe all of us can relate to we even see that the neighboring goes who’s played by David Lowery himself interestingly enough has been waiting there a long time for a loved one she just can’t remember who it is and eventually has to accept that they’re not coming back and move on there’s a very exposed Tori scene that happens later on in the movie and where Laurie’s wife actually cameos as well as Ke$ha that directly sums up what Laurie is trying to say about our fleeting existence the the monologue that will oldham does in the film was something I had written to just sort of figure out my own thoughts about what is valuable to me in life in existence in the universe because I was having as many people do just like a vague existential crisis about what I believe and what I believe is worthwhile and what makes life worth living and what can we do to make our lives you know to make the world around us a better place and and and so that monologue was just me working through those ideas and and trying to put them into words and there’s no conclusion drawn but it kind of gets you in the right headspace to sort of form in a form an opinion or or at least understand what this guy was reaching for it’s all about like they’re reaching for it there’s never like a you know never defines his thesis at the end of the day experiencing that plus doubling back around in time to see a past naive version of himself as a ghost helps Casey Affleck get closer to what he needs to do he eventually gets the note and for those wondering what it says look nobody will ever know because one Rooney wrote something random that day that really nobody else saw so only she knows and she says she forgot to Lori’s focus isn’t 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