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Old 02-23-2022, 12:39 AM   #35941
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Titane



3.5/5

Director: Julia Ducournau

Main Stars: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Garance Marillier, Bertrand Bonello

Alexia drifts aimlessly through life earning a living as an exotic dancer at car shows being ogled and groped along the way. A car accident as a young child left her with a disfiguring metal plate in her head and in all likelihood damaged her ability to function with any meaningful form of normalcy. Her only real pleasure in life is obtained when she engages in vigorous masturbation with car parts. At this point you are either intrigued or repulsed. Titane is a film that manages to do both at the same time. Controversial winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival it has obvious parallels with David Cronenberg's Crash and Videodrome. Crash winning a 'special jury prize' when it debuted at the festival and people walking out mid-screening in disgust. Director Ducournau also having professed her love of Cronenberg in interviews.

So given the above references to one of my favourite directors, the um, visually engaging promo shots of the star dancing on the car, and this being her second film with me having rather enjoyed her debut feature Raw I instantly knew I had to get this.

Sadly it doesn't quite reach the same lofty heights as its obvious influences. There's a hugely jarring shift in story and tone half way through that I had a hard time reconciling. To her credit the director has outright stated she doesn't care if the audience follows it all or not. She makes her films for her and no one else. And I don't have a problem being taken on a bizarre journey as long as there's a payoff at the end. But I kept thinking to myself throughout the movie 'where are we going with this?' and when the end came I wasn't really satisfied. There's a number of themes all playing out at the same time but they don't quite all come together seamlessly.

Still there's no denying that unlike so many flicks that are instantly forgettable this will stick in your head long after you've seen it. And if we're going to stick with the Cronenberg references, it took him around 8 films before he reached what I consider to be his best work. Being that this is only her second film, I think Julia Ducournau has a very bright future ahead of her and I can't wait to see her next creation. When the credits roll you'll be trying to figure out what you just saw - but at the very least you'll know you just had quite the experience.
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The Death of Dick Long (2019)

D: Daniel Scheinert; W: Billy Chew; S: Michael Abbott, Jr., Virginia Newcomb, Sarah Baker, Andre Hyland

Somewhere in Alabama is a small town where good friends Zeke (Abbott, Jr.), Earl (Hyland), and Dick (Scheinert) go wild one night with booze and drugs. They entertain themselves by lighting fireworks, having some target practice, and setting fires. When Dick gets seriously hurt Zeke and Earl leave him outside the ER entrance before hightailing it out of sight. The next thing they know there's talk around town that the cops are investigating the death of an unknown victim and they find themselves trying to trying throw the police and everyone else off their scent.

This darkly comic thriller is the sort of story where you know the main characters are guilty of something. But you're not sure to what degree because the movie plays coy about what happened to the title character.

There's no shortage of suspense as we follow Zeke and Earl as they try to cover their tracks. Dick had bled badly in Zeke's car which leads to Earl trying to remember how that problem was solved in Pulp Fiction. When Zeke decides that the car needs to disappear he concocts a story about it being stolen but fails to account for how much his little girl had seen and how honest kids are.

This movie works because Michael Abbott, Jr. seems like a loving family man who doesn't deserve to go to jail. We have no idea how much he and Earl are responsible for what happened to their friend but we find out through the course of the movie that they're far from being criminal masterminds and are simply not capable of hatching a plot to kill someone. But the events leading to Dick dying are a complete mystery so we're compelled to follow the misadventures of Zeke and Earl as they try to outwit the police and avoid answering any questions about what happened to Dick.

It really helps that this movie doesn't take itself too seriously. Zeke and Earl aren't anywhere close to being geniuses and only manage to dodge as many questions as they do because everyone else is slow to piece the clues together. If anything their amateurish efforts to hide the trail appear to be more of a threat to their getting exposed than the police who seem to be endlessly circling the truth that's right in front of them.

This movie can be counted as a Southern Fried Noir with engaging characters and an interesting central mystery. You won't have to wait until the end to find out what happened to Dick Long but even after the revelation you'll still want to see how things turn out for his surviving friends.

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Old 03-08-2022, 07:10 AM   #35943
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Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)

W/D: Jack Sholder; S: Andrew Divoff, Holly Fields, Paul Johansson, Bokeem Woodbine

When an art museum gets robbed the evil Djinn (Divoff) is accidentally released from the magical gem in which he was imprisoned. Most of the art thieves are taken down by the police but Morgana (Fields) manages to escape. Meanwhile the Djinn transforms into his human alter ego of Nathaniel Demarest and allows himself to be arrested and sent to jail.

Having no idea what happened after she got away Morgana has nightmarish dreams about the Djinn and seeks the help of former flame-turned-priest Gregory (Johansson). In prison Demarest grants wishes in return for souls until a mobster named Osip (Oleg Vidov) attempts to partner with him to get out of prison and go to a place where many people will want to make wishes.

While the first Wishmaster film is a decent low-budget fantasy horror this sequel doesn't hold together quite as well. It continues on from the first movie with Demarest trying to collect enough souls to open a portal that will allow his race of Djinn to invade the Earth. As was the case in the original movie Demarest grants people's wishes in exchange for their souls but always twists their desires into something horrible. (For example, a seriously wounded man asks to be relieved of his pain so the Djinn grants him his wish by killing him.)

Divoff is in fine form reprising his role as the Djinn/Nathaniel Demarest. He's able to put on a kind of cartoonish voice that sounds entirely fitting for an evil being of great power. Divoff never winks at the camera but is clearly having a great time playing the wishmaster again.

The remaining cast unfortunately is nowhere near as good as Divoff. Fields's Morgana is supposed to be the bad girl who needs to turn good to defeat the Djinn. However her transformation is largely a physical one as she trades her goth threads for a dress and she just stops wearing a nosering. On more than a few occasions Johansson as Father Gregory delivers lines that are as flat as a board.

The movie meanwhile is filled with headscratching logic. Demarest for some reason thinks that getting locked up will give him access to more souls than he would have if he were roaming freely. Morgana is supposed to stop Demarest by becoming pure of heart but the moment she thinks she's ready her first impulse is to gun him down. The Djinn requires Morgana to make three wishes to fulfill his plan but he keeps poking holes in the wishes she makes and tells her he can't grant them. (This is like a fourth grader constantly making up rules to a game while you're trying to play it.)

The look of the Djinn is pretty impressive given the film's small budget but some of the effects definitely suffer. Horror fans used to modern gore effects will find the ones in Wishmaster 2 pretty primitive if not laughable. It's fairly safe to say that anyone who's watched more than a couple of horror movies won't find anything to be afraid of in this film.

But like the first movie this sequel seems more interested in dark comedy than scares. It succeeds at times with some twisted gags and Divoff is really fun to watch as the Djinn who loves screwing over people. This movie is nowhere near as good as the original but still doesn't take itself too seriously and has some amusing moments.

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Old 04-24-2022, 08:56 PM   #35944
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Ambulance - 2.5/5
Braindead plot full of holes but it's held up by the acting from the leads (Jake Gyllenhaal and the Black Manta guy from Aquaman) and the some old fashioned IRL stunt driving. They wreck a bunch of cop cars in spectacular fashion.
  • There's the occasional moments of the usual juvenile Michael Bay humour but they're few and far in-between to be a major issue. Also nothing as egregious as John Turturro's character from the Bayformers movies.
  • I don't recommend watching it on too big of a screen because they use late 00s style shaky cam cinematography.
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Old 04-28-2022, 09:16 AM   #35945
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Uncharted (2022) - 3/5
Surprisingly fun action-adventure film. The spirit is very much true to the original "games". The Nolan North cameo (Drake's game voice actor) was a nice touch.

Biggest complaint was the usual cringe product placement by Sony Pictures.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - 3/5
It was fine, nothing amazing.
[Show spoiler]At least they didn't let Wanda get away with her insurmountable mountain of evil deeds (for now... if and when they do bring her back to life, hopefully it'll be at least after a noticeable period of IRL time),
unlike what they did after Wandavision. She mind-raped a whole town there and got away consequence free.

In regard to jangling keys (cameos),
[Show spoiler]I liked seeing Jim from The Office US showing up as (other dimension) Mr. Fantastic.
It's been speculated for a long time that him and IRL wife Emily Blunt would play Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman. (My cautious optimism for the actual Fantastic Four movie fell after Jon Watts dropped out as director, i.e. who we owe for the greatness of Homecoming and No Way Home.)

Torn over whether or not I'm going to bother seeing Thor: Love and Thunder in the theatres or just wait the 2-3 months for the VOD release.
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:23 PM   #35947
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Last Night In Soho



4/5

Director: Edgar Right

Main Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg

Eloise is a young lady who aspires for greatness in the fashion industry. Having lost her mother at an early age to mental disease she was raised by her grandmother in small town England. As such she led a fairly sheltered life. In order to pursue her passion she must move to London where she is warned that if she's not careful it'll eat her up and spit her out. Once there she begins to have visions of a beautiful, confident woman - encompassing everything she's always wanted to be - living in the bygone era of the swinging 60's which is oddly the decade all her favourite music is from and the era which she draws the inspiration for her clothing designs from.

There's lots of reasons I end up watching and/or buying a movie. But I can honestly say this is probably the first time I did so based solely on how much I liked the poster. As soon as I saw it, it grabbed my attention and intrigued me with it's neon colour palette. For that reason alone I ended up buying it without knowing anything about it. Thankfully it had a pretty good buzz on the movie geek website I hang out on.

I've also stated several times in the past how I love going into a film not knowing anything about it and I especially delight when it takes awhile for that film to reveal itself. At first I was like 'oh this is a fish out of water/coming of age story'. Then I was like 'oh no, it's a spin on the Mean Girls genre'. So when everything finally fell into place it was quite the shock and not at all what I expected. And yet because there were hints along the way and the director took his time getting there it didn't feel contrived at all. About the only minor issue I had was an unnecessary CGI'd scene near the end. It would have been much more effective if they'd resisted the temptation to go full on Hollywood and done it differently. But again, it's only a minor quibble.

As for the actors they were all terrific. Miss McKenzie was extremely believable as the young naive woman because in a rarity of casting these days, she was actually the age of her character in real life. But the standout performance is that of Miss Taylor-Joy. It was bugging the heck out of me at first as I was trying to place what I had seen her in before - let's face it she has an oddly captivating and unique look - and eventually I remembered that she was in The Witch. Also delightful was Matt Smith playing a character completely out of type for him. For me I'll always associate him with Doctor Who, but his performance here is a far cry from the good Doctor.

Finally we have the technicals and they are outstanding. Someone else pointed out that the movie starts in Stereo and then at a certain point blooms into full surround (in this case Dolby Atmos). Which in relation to the story is more than just a gimmick, it actually complements the story. The visuals are also top notch. Actually shot on location in Soho they do a terrific job of transforming the place and taking you back in time. I also loved the dance numbers and the 'mirroring' between the two actresses.

Finally, the extras on the disc are well worth a look with featurettes consisting of actor and director interviews, discussing shooting on location, detailing the music and behind the scenes of all the visual work, plus deleted scenes.

A thoroughly pleasant surprise that rewards the patient viewer.
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Old 05-14-2022, 01:33 AM   #35948
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Cruising (1980)

W/D: William Friedkin; S: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox, Don Scardino

While the source material for Cruising is credited on-screen to Gerald Walker’s novel of the same name, William Friedkin says his reasons for making the film were threefold:

1) Arthur Bell’s articles in the Village Voice about the murders of gay men in New York caught his attention

2) He had ready access to the S&M leather bars in NYC and knew people who frequented those establishments

3) Paul Bateson, who appeared briefly as a radiology technician in The Exorcist, was imprisoned for the final gay-targeted murder and charged with several other unsolved killings

While Bateson confessed to the killing of Variety film critic Addison Verrill, he was also convicted of killings in which only plastic-wrapped body parts were found in New York Harbor. Friedkin uses that element to begin his film. As in real life, the NYPD in the movie have no leads on who the victims are of these mutilations but suspect they’re a part of a rash of killings of homosexuals who’ve been stabbed to death. The film moves on to the investigation of the serial murders where Captain Edelson (Sorvino) enlists beat cop Steve Burns (Pacino) to go undercover as a gay man.

It’s interesting to look back at news archives that discuss the outrage Cruising provoked during its production. Word got out that Friedkin was shooting a homophobic film in actual leather bars, prompting protests. Despite the negative publicity, Friedkin completed the film and got it released.

The question now is how the movie looks in 2022. Friedkin certainly had his friends play up the S&M aspect, making leather enthusiasts look completely single-minded in their pursuit of hookups. The closest we get to seeing any kind of socialization that doesn’t involve groping or asking for sex is when a man comes on to Burns, asking him to join him on the dance floor. The S&M/leather subculture could understandably be shocking to mainstream audiences 40-plus years ago, especially with the exploitative eye that Friedkin employs to depict it.

To Friedkin’s credit, he gives several scenes to Ted Bailey (Scardino), a gay man who befriends Burns when the latter moves into the apartment next to his. Bailey, as far as we can tell, is not a part of the leather scene so he talks to Burns about his life. We learn that Bailey is passionate about being a playwright, but his partner feels that just isn’t paying off and that Ted needs to “get a real job.”

Having a gay character who has to deal with issues that have nothing to do with his sexual orientation softens the blow dealt by all the leather bar scenes, but Bailey’s scenes are low key when compared to the S&M stuff, and he is only one character after all. Bailey’s presence in the movie is definitely appreciated, but it’s little wonder that his scenes didn’t make enough of an impression on those who criticize the film for its unflattering portrayal of the gay community.

All this is to say that I get where the criticism comes from. I just saw this movie for the first time and learned about the controversy after sitting through it. During my viewing, I thought Friedkin was rather heavy-handed when it came to the leather/S&M scenes and can only wonder what the 40 minutes of cuts looked like (in a Q&A session, he called them “pornography” but with Friedkin, it’s sometimes hard to tell how serious he is). I have to believe that someone making a film like this today would put some in effort into humanizing the leather enthusiasts and not portray them as a writhing mass of human flesh in heat the way Cruising does.

Outside of the gay element, this movie tells a somewhat atypical undercover cop investigation. Burns isn’t a detective, so it becomes clear very quickly that we’re not watching Sherlock Holmes at work. He goes cruising to find leads to the killer, but he's not very effective, and the murders continue unabated.

The film is obviously more interested in the effect that going undercover as a gay man has on Burns. In scenes he has with his girlfriend, Nancy (Allen), we see his relationship with her change as he gets more and more accustomed to his assumed lifestyle, going from making love to her passionately to becoming emotionally distant. At the same time, Burns gets concerned about how he’s changing and begs Edelson to let him quit the assignment.

Interestingly, these are hints as to what’s going on, but we’re never really allowed into Burns’s mind. He doesn’t articulate what he’s feeling (possibly because he doesn’t know how to do that or doesn’t understand his feelings), so we don’t know if he’s being seduced by the gay night life, if he has latent homosexual tendencies that he’s discovering, or something else. We’re not even told how he feels about homosexuality at the start: he accepts the undercover assignment because he sees it as a shortcut to becoming a plainclothes detective but doesn’t reveal how he feels about the gay community.

Burns being such a closed character makes getting a handle on him challenging. People who enjoy ambiguous storytelling might find Pacino’s character frustrating because he doesn’t really give the audience a way in to connect with him. However, the surface level clues, like his defending a gay suspect and his losing his temper with Bailey’s partner, definitely give audiences something to chew on.

I have to admit that despite the largely caricatured portrayal of the gay community, Cruising worked for me. It doesn’t provide clear cut answers and in fact leaves you wondering if the killer was actually caught at the end. I didn’t mind this aspect of the film, especially when in the closing moments the movie makes you wonder if we were looking at the story the wrong way right from the start. I haven’t been that surprised by a cop thriller in forever and thought this one, despite some significant issues, is a very solid one.

Hot take: I saw Serpico for the first time just before I watched Cruising and thought the latter was the better film.

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Morbius (2022) - 2.5/5
Meh. Barebones film that follows the set formula for a superhero origins story film set by Iron Man 1 (2008 ). 20-40ish mins in gets powers; 2nd act: mapping out of capabilities and discovering boundaries; 3rd act: fight evil mirror version. Unremarkably mediocre.
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M.F.A. (2017)

D: Natalia Leite; W: Leah McKendrick; S: Francesca Eastwood, Leah McKendrick, Jess Nurse, Clifton Collins, Jr.

What most rape-revenge thrillers have in common is that they're made by men so the scenes of assault and subsequent vengeance in those films tend to be exploitative. Motivations of the victim rarely go beyond needing to mete out violent retribution.

M.F.A. is an example of what this type of movie would look like in the hands of women. Directed by Natalia Leite and written by Leah McKendrick, this tale of a college student who's the victim of sexual assault distinguishes itself in a number of ways.

Firstly protagonist Noelle (Eastwood) is a well-rounded character. In most rape-revenge movies the woman is simply defined at first by her being victimized and then by her actions as the wrathful avenger. In M.F.A. we see a bit of Noelle's life as a struggling art student who's a wallflower. After the assault she tries to deal with her trauma in different ways, one of which is expressing the rage and darkness within her through her art. That a horrific attack can transform a person in ways other than simply becoming a vigilante is something that most rape-revenge thrillers never consider.

Secondly the assault isn't sensationalized. Exploitation films typically turn up the volume on the soundtrack which becomes aggressive. Quick cuts and zooms on the victim's terrified expression are also common. Director Leite does none of that, choosing to have the camera be an unblinking eye. When Noelle's romantic encounter with a classmate suddenly turns violent, events play out in front of us as if we're standing in a corner of the room. The attack is shown as stark reality so we're able to see it for what it is and experience its impact as a horrific act.

Noelle's response to being assaulted isn't to take up arms. Since it took place on campus she reports the attack to the college. This gives the film the chance to explore how school administrators respond (or fail to) in cases of rape. When Noelle confronts her attacker, revenge is actually the furthest from her mind. M.F.A. follows her as Noelle's character changes and eventually comes to the conclusion that rapists need to experience consequences for their actions.

Like the assault, the scenes of Noelle getting revenge on sexual predators aren't over-dramatized. Leite again uses a minimalist approach in filming Noelle's attacks so they don't come off as titillating.

The movie even raises a very important question that Promising Young Woman failed to: what do the victims want? Noelle's quest involves punishing men who attacked other girls. She's able to talk to the other victims but never asks what they would do if the confronted their attackers or what kind of punishment they would want for those men. In this way M.F.A. is akin to other rape-revenge thrillers but it at least stops to pose the question to the avenger.

Where this movie runs into trouble is its insistence on being tied to the morals of the real world. Typical revenge fantasies operate on the principle that men who violate women deserve whatever the victims do to them. In the end the avenger is fully justified in her actions and usually suffers no consequences for what she does. M.F.A. isn't an exploitation flick so it resolves things differently. Noelle is the anchor of the story so we're supposed to root for her but the ending calls into question the wisdom of her actions. The final moments of the movie upend much of what came before which could leave some feeling dissatisfied or perhaps confused.

M.F.A. was released the Harvey Weinstein scandal was just unfolding so it predates the #metoo movement. Even as an independent production with no recognizable stars it probably would have received more attention had it come out later. Hopefully it will find a wider audience because it will give viewers lots to talk about.

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So I just watched 'Malèna', and may I say... I was expecting much, much more.

All the praise I saw for this picture made me go into it expecting something much bigger, but I got quite disappointed and was waiting the whole time for it to end.
It made me laugh at some points, especially during the lingerie morning scene (quite funny), but it is very very tedious.
The end is bittersweet, but Belucci nailed it.
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Blow Out



3/5

Director: Brian De Palma

Main Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Jack Terry (Travolta) makes a living as a sound technician for a Philadelphia movie studio that produces low budget horror films. One night while out recording new sounds he witnesses a car speeding along the road when it suddenly swerves and plunges into a lake. With no one else seemingly around he dives into the water and rescues one of the occupants from drowning. Later at the hospital he is approached by a strange man who tells him to forget all about the lady he saved. Only later while listening to his recordings does he realize that they are a 'witness' to what turns out to be more than just an accident.

Brian De Palma directed three movies in the early 80's - Dressed To Kill, Blow Out, and Body Double. Of those Dressed to Kill is generally regarded as the standout and correspondingly it also is part of the Criterion catalog. For those not aware, Criterion is a publishing studio that acquires the rights to movies and releases them after painstakingly fixing any image or sound flaws and including not only existing extras but often new interviews as well. The movies they release tend to all be highly regarded if not outright 'artsy'. Essentially movies for movie snobs. So I found it odd that they chose this one to include in their catalog versus other potential De Palma flicks such as Scarface or The Untouchables.

Whenever I review a film I'll also read other reviews to see if I'm way off the mark or not. It doesn't change my opinion, but it is nice to be validated.

And by and large even though this one did poorly at the box office it is generally well regarded. Of the films mentioned that he did in the early 80s they all had similar themes and all had a sleazy undercurrent to them. So it's easy to make comparisons. I just simply enjoyed Body Double much more. Criterion should have gone with it instead.

That said, this is still a solid movie. You have Travolta at the height of his career and I honestly could watch Nancy Allen all day long. I did enjoy the beginning which was one long steady cam shot of a cheap slasher/women's exploitation flick. While the setup was that it was a movie the main character was working on - in reality I can't help but think it was either a homage or a critique of the 80's slasher films that were endemic at the time. Either way as someone who grew up during that era I thought it was hilarious.

There's also a terrific chase scene which takes place during a massive city parade. Fun fact, the footage for that was left in a van which ended up being stolen and so they had to reshoot the entire scene all over again. It's been suggested that the downer ending played a big part it not being a hit with audiences but for me I was ok with it. Test screenings are the bane of today's releases.

A decent entry to what I'll call the director's 'sleaze trilogy' but ultimately it just didn't really grab me.
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Morbius (2022) - 2.5/5
Meh. Barebones film that follows the set formula for a superhero origins story film set by Iron Man 1 (2008 ). 20-40ish mins in gets powers; 2nd act: mapping out of capabilities and discovering boundaries; 3rd act: fight evil mirror version. Unremarkably mediocre.
I feel like this about every Marvel/MCU movie now. Thor: Ragnarok and Into the Spider-verse are the only recent ones that try somewhat to break that mold. The whole "final boss showdown" spectacle at the end is so cliche that I find myself just tuning it out even as I'm watching. I loved No Way Home because of all the fan service, but the rest was still pure formula.

It's not "wrong" per say to stick with a blockbuster formula, but I think if we're holding Morbius's feet to the fire I hope we are doing the same to the highly praised ones too.
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