another ritual bloodletting... This year's Purge expands upon its initial installment with verve and adrenaline-fuelled rage, and I can't help but recommend it to anybody who is exasperated with/terrified by the reactionary foolishness that's bludgeoning the people of the U.S.
One thing that I wanted to emphasize in my review but that sort of got pared down into a less grammatically contentious phrase (something which happens a lot in the editing process, which is certainly a good thing) is how there's been an insidious strategy, both in the film's dramaturgy and in real life, where the poor get brainwashed into thinking that their enemy, the only thing standing between them and untold riches, are other poor people. It's divide and conquer theory, but somehow more peacockish about its evil.
17 July 2014
02 June 2014
Maleficent, which is a bit of a structural mess but a delight for anyone who enjoys camp, subverting the patriarchy, diva experiences, magick, and empowerment of the oppressed. I recommend seeing it with a big crowd of little girls and gays for maximum enjoyment. I saw it with a women's studies professor and a gay research scientist, and that was the definite right way to do it.
03 April 2014
There really isn't anybody consistently making movies like Lars Von Trier these days. I mention Verhoeven and Daniels in this review of Nymphomaniac, and I stand by that equation, but it's as if the three occupy completely different spheres, other than the abstract sphere of being awesome. Anyway, it's opening in Nashville this weekend, and I recommend all four hours, though I don't advise piecemealing it. As a whole is the way to experience it.
20 March 2014
Tim's Vermeer had a week in Nashville and is already gone. If it comes to your neck of the woods, don't miss it.
the new film, mainly because it's a little more interesting and not nearly as stupid as its progenitor.