Saturday, July 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Managed to screw up seeing this in Omnimax 70mm by stopping for ice cream first, underestimating that St. Louis would show up. So I think it was a very fine film, but also I was halfway up, on an aisle, and couldn't tell if a ship was sinking or not (it usually was.)
The Sea and Air chapters were terrific and my only hesitation with dowsing it in holy water and crowning it with laurels is the role Kenneth Branagh plays. He's in a lesser movie. It's not especially his fault, dialogue is Nolan's Achille's Heel. But c'mon man, push back! He was like a strange Our Town narrator character, which I guess could be meta if you want.
Posted by Ben at 7/25/2017 11:20:00 PM
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Less fun than its predecessors, but I think more important. They created a villain who maps precisely on how actual evil operates like today: sociopathic determination to extract wealth at any cost, and use the existing infrastructure and good will of ordinary people against them. David Thewlis is bone-chillingly vile. Carrie Coon plays it quiet and straight, with soul, like a Bill Evans solo album, and deserves so much work after this. The struggle of the Ewan McGregor brothers place it within the literary timeline stretching back to Genesis. A profound, perfectly executed fable for our modern times, ended with grandmaster confidence.
We live in a time of convoluted predation; fractions of blood by vampire bats. Humans are volitional predators who've killed all else so cannibalism remains. Our society is dying because the herbivores refuse to band together against the carnivores, and pretend evil like this is either imaginary or inevitable, intractable, the cost of doing business.
Posted by Ben at 7/18/2017 07:59:00 AM
Monday, July 17, 2017
Kumail's family was incredible, Ray Romano was a revelation, Holly Hunter was at almost peak Holly Hunter, and Zoe Kazan finally won me over. Kumail has a brave performance as a coward, and the comic timing of this movie was just terrific. Mr. Bax from the Battleship Pretension suggests it will become "a modern classic" and I'm inclined to agree.
PS the most recent BP podcast with Scott was really fun
Posted by Ben at 7/17/2017 08:01:00 AM
Friday, July 14, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Friday, July 07, 2017
Another stone-cold classic. Trompe-l'oeil for the ears, they dance between tempos and styles, mix and marry contrasting sounds into something novel, fresh, light and seemingly effortless. May very well be the album of the year.
I like to think this is the music Stevie Nicks would have made if some psychiatrist didn't get her hooked on Klonopin for nearly a decade, at the height of her powers. But even that probably does them a disservice.
Posted by Ben at 7/07/2017 08:02:00 AM
Monday, July 03, 2017
I liked this last year but didn't find my way in until this morning. One of the HAIM sisters is lost and enlists The xx in a Homeward Bound scenario.
I long for the day when supremely talented non-mainstream folks dispense with the art-school (vinyl?) signifier tracks- (i) and (ii) here-- functioning as strategic noncharisma at the party. Let's stop. WE KNOW YOU ARE ZOOEY DESCHANEL A BEANIE DOES NOT HIDE THAT.
Posted by Ben at 7/03/2017 10:38:00 PM