Just watched Mel Gibson’s bibliopic (in preparation for going to Apocalypto) and was blown away not so much by the story which held few surprises for me but for the iconography. This man, or his art director, definitely know their art history, esp the expressionists..Nolde etc. And though I agree that it is kind of a masofest, “suffer porn” someone called it, the imagery is something else.
Not up to discussing them yet but Pan’s Labyrinth and Children of Men are the best films I’ve seen in some time. I loved Casino Royale (and I hate Bond in general) but it was child’s play compared to these two.