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Old 10-27-2021, 06:39 PM
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Lol well we not only seemed to have seen different movies, we seem to have read different books.

Brian Herbert’s perspective is a humanist one but his belief is that history nonetheless returns to medieval tribalism and despotism.

Hence Paul’s dilemma in the book between revenge and the “wild jihad” that leads to the massacre of billions across the galaxy. His fault in the book is that he believes he can possibly defeat his enemies and steer the future away from the holy war — a despotic delusion.

But the MOVIE does not visualize or dramatize this dilemma. I would argue that it celebrates his choice. The only hint at this choice in the movie is when he kills Jamis—after his vision suggested an alternative future in which they became friends. However, that’s bogus because Paul had no choice—it was, in fact, Jamis’s choice. I defy anyone to tell me why he makes it based on the movie alone (it’s clear in the book). So where in the movie does Paul make his fateful decision? Why? How is it expressed?

One more point: Denis Villeneuve used to be a master of using motifs to achieve a climactic gestalt—the tattoo in Incendies, Guernica in Polytechnique, the scary designs in Prisoners, the monkey figurines in Sicario.

What has happened to him?

He attempts this with the recurring cris-knife gift-giving, the return to Paul’s grandfather’s bull-fighting death. But they all lead to nothing.

I think if he had defeated Jamis with the cris-knife using bull-fighting technique, it would have tied those elements together and could have dramatized his betrayal of his ancestors. Instead, those motifs are reduced to insignificance. Mere Easter Eggs—as the kids say.

And the movie looked like a video game. Puke.
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Army of Thieves (Matthias Schweighöfer)

.@netflix releases @MSchweighoefer @ZackSnyder #ArmyOfThieves—a prequel to #ArmyoftheDead. It is so effectively romantical. The secret of the safe unlocks the characters’ and the culture’s origin stories. Hence, the film’s essential primer on Wagner’s Ring Cycle: education + fun.

ETA: More on #ArmyOfThieves: Note how @MSchweighoefer cracks safes—he plumbs the depths of its design and then LISTENS. Just as the safe-cracking encourages us to listen to Wagner, each tumbler click visualizes mental “clicks” connecting designer, characters, culture. Rhapsodic.
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Old 10-30-2021, 04:20 AM
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17. Last Night in Soho, grade B+ = I really enjoyed this film. It’s a very stylish horror, mystery movie. The acting is great, and so is the music. There is also a really good twist ending. I didn’t give this a higher grade because It wasn’t really scary but it’s still a good little horror film.
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Of the 55 new movies I’ve seen so far this year, here’s the 11 movies of 2021 I *hated* in declining order (from bad to worst):

  • Dune
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Malcolm & Marie
  • The Little Things
  • I Care a Lot.
  • The Guilty
  • The Many Saints of Newark
  • The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Woman in the Window
  • Halloween Kills
  • The Suicide Squad
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Of the 55 new movies I’ve seen so far this year, here’s the 11 movies of 2021 I *hated* in declining order (from bad to worst):

  • Dune
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Malcolm & Marie
  • The Little Things
  • I Care a Lot.
  • The Guilty
  • The Many Saints of Newark
  • The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Woman in the Window
  • Halloween Kills
  • The Suicide Squad
This is not a great year for movies, however, the movies expected to win awards haven't been released yet.
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This is not a great year for movies, however, the movies expected to win awards haven't been released yet.
Not a great year - true. But it’s been a good year with 25 terrific movies I’ve seen this year.

Oscar-bait movies are never good anyway.

I do hope the new Terence Davies movie comes out this year.

That could shake things up.

It’s called Benediction.

ETA: Now slated for 2022 release.
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SPENCER

Pablo Larraín luxuriously mounts the Princess Di biopic SPENCER as a Kubrickian psychodrama about eating disorders and self-harm, in which the threat of “sandwiches” proves as ominous as “Tuesday” in THE SHINING. Unfortunately, the film fails to recognize her rebellion as an extension of self-destruction, conflating her duty with a scheduled wardrobe labeled “P.O.W.” and celebrating her lack of fidelity with a hat brandishing “O.P.P.”
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18. Eternals, grade C - = huge disappointment and the first MCU movie that most critics dislike. What really ruins this movie is the structure. it’s full of flashbacks and feels like the director didn’t know how to tell the story. The movie keeps flashing back and then forward and it’s just weird. The story is also overly complicated and the movie is very long winded. The director won the Academy Award for Best Director last year so everyone was expecting a pretty good movie, not this thing. It’s a mess. There are some good fight scenes and neat creatures in it but not enough to make up for the storytelling.
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LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE (Eleanor Coppola):
Eleanor Coppola explores the existential malaise and triumphs of her bourgeois female characters in PARIS CAN WAIT and, now, the three short stories of LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE (characters toast “to us and people like us”). Through thematically intertwined tales of infidelity and regret, understanding and forgiveness, she ultimately achieves spiritual—cathartic—revelations (“beautiful secrets”). Not just truthful, it’s honest. Coppola roots her life lessons in an essentially Catholic tradition and grounds them in class-specificity (FaceTime dinner dates, retirement-age boat picnics, and housekeeper-catered secular rituals). She structures character development as relational through complexity and surprise, narrative as confession and reconciliation. Through this process, Coppola extends irony into a metaphysical perspective—a prismatic expansion of Diane Lane’s prayer in PARIS CAN WAIT. She reveals in dramatic form and in the cinematic distillation of reality an enduring presence of Love as assured forgiveness, but also the necessity of perseverance (the secret to a happy marriage? “Never getting divorced”). Taking a confessional approach—“creative non-fiction”(?) transformed into compassion—Coppola elicits from her actresses moments of grace almost worthy of Rodrigo Garcia. Most poignantly, Cybill Shepard’s politically challenging monologue encapsulates the spiritual toll of the sexual revolution through its nearly iconic perceptual reality—a benediction for the modern woman.
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