Brief thoughts on the Oscar winning film, The Revenant: I think at the core of why I find the film so satisfying and brilliant is that it constantly and delightfully reinvents itself via an episodic structure of awaking from the dead to a new horrifying reality without betraying its minimal formula. Each episode renews the journey, character, and audience with a satisfying sense of growth. When it finally breaks to see if it’s audience still has a pulse, the film’s message becomes poignantly clear. This is visceral stuff, once it sinks it’s teeth in, don’t expect the film to let go until it’s through with you.