Monday, March 13, 2017

I DON'T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE dir. Macon Blair (2017)



Duplass Brothers meets Tarantino; Melanie Lansky is terrific, Elijah Wood needs to play this character in every film.  The Far East Portland setting is genius...the 80's, 90's seediness of Portland is still present, it has just been pushed to the fringes, but life out in the triple digits of the eastside is damp dark dank.  It has a left-behind quality.  IDFAHITWA (lol) is a kind of a grindhouse movie with an overeducated undercurrent of nihilism felt by the lead, who is activated from her despair when a mission of vengeance and justice presents itself, finding that taking agency provides its own strength and stamina.  Reminds me of something that Brandon Johnson said on a recent Harmontown: the only silver lining to this horrible mess we're in is that now we get to be the self that has been waiting for its cause.

ps Pitchfork wrote up a "best new reissue" on this excellent Midori Takada album I suggested a couple months ago, if you needed a co-sign:

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