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"The Apostle" is a movie for (just about) no one. Religious people in America are used to "faith-based" stories that only reinforce the prior held Evangelical Christianity. All of those movies are about people, usually men, who realize that they need to become church goers and "give their lives to Jesus". Those films usually involve them needing to become better fathers and husbands as well. Faith-based stories serve the purpose of conformity to mainstream Christianity as opposed to challenging one's…
Taxi Driver: Scapegoating of The Other
"Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man."
The mid-1970s found the United States in a state of confusion. The standard narrative is that the ‘50s and ‘60s had seen hopes rise through increased economic stability, the Civil Rights Movement, hippie idealism, psychedelic experimentation, feminism, free love, and a radical transformation of popular music. The ‘60s famously ended with horror:…
I've seen "High Fidelity" so many times at this point (including in the theater when it first came out - I'm getting old). Many of the good qualities stood out once again on re-watch: the cast, filmmaking, music, comedy, the writing. What was unique upon this viewing was seeing Cusack's character in the light of incels and male rights activists. We live in a time where people seemingly don't want to take any responsibility for their actions and this is…
Early contender for best movie I will see in 2021. I recently watched Joan Micklin Silver's "Chilly Scenes of Winter" which is certainly a quality film. "Between the Lines" is a whole other level. This is true celebration of local journalism without any melodrama.
2020 was the year of horror films for me. I'm already feeling like 2021 is the year of humanistic, non-melodrama, movies. This and "Breaking Away" are the best that I have seen in recent months. Why…
So, so, so glad to get anything new from Lynch. Love the whole ending. Also, I grieve the loss of celluloid and the rise of digital but Lynch seems to be using the new medium to his advantage. I still think "Fire Walk With Me" and "Wild at Heart" are amongst the most beautiful cinematography that I have seen. With "Twin Peaks: The Return" and this short we can see Lynch creating whole new possibilities with the cheapness of digital photography and effects. He always seems to know how to get the most out of whatever his tools are.
Best thing about the movie:
Lynne Ramsey's direction. Tilda Swinton's performance. I also love John C. Reilly's casting as a well-meaning but clueless father/husband.
The kid is a little too Omen-ish creepy at times. The movie does feel a bit confused at times whether it wants to be a full-on evil kid horror film or a drama about the impossibility of motherhood. Tilda Swinton balances this perfectly but I'm not so sure about the kid.