26, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.
Elvis films continue to disappoint me. The first 20 minutes of this set in the prison are so good, heightened but grounded and far away from the dull romantic melodrama. But then Elvis gets out and the film becomes a lot less interesting. The songs are still amazing ('Set Me Free' and 'Jailhouse Rock' are incredible sequences), even if 'Treat Me Nice' rubbed me the wrong way. Elvis is a JERK in this film, entitled and gross and never really held accountable for it. And the ending, despite it's violence, provides too easy answers for the problems that had occured before.
Largely forgotten slice of 70s Australian cinema, but unlike most films that fit that category, very good. It starts out as a pretty gross exploitation film with lots of rape and sexual assault but as soon as the convict women break out of the prison this becomes something else entirely. The women become lost in the bush before finding their own civilisation, but the film slows right down. It's almost languid, a hang out film which captures what a summer…
Beau Travail's reputation as a homoerotic power struggle precedes it but it is ultimately much more than that. In an interview with Denis on the Criterion DVD, Barry Jenkins suggests that a queer reading is a simplistic one, a take everyone has when they see this film in University. At first, I was a little annoyed, it seems dismissive of the film's genuinely homoerotic aspects. A selection of beautiful men performing ritualistic exercises which look like ballets. Men in constant…
Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…