Sunday, May 29, 2016

Nostalgia Critic--Is Eyes Wide Shut Just Artsy Porn?

Valid points by Nostalgia Critic: when does film cross over from being art to being porn?

Where is the porn-line? Can we cross it? If it's art is is still porn? Is there such a thing as "Art-porn"?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Movie Review: Nice Guys

Advanced showing, 116 minutes

Director: Shane Black, Crime comedy drama

Accurate trailer? Yup.

Really enjoyable basic buddy-cop movie set in dirty sleazy 70s LA.  Borrows from 70s cops shows, and movies such as Boogie Nights, LA Confidential and Guy Richie's later works.

Entertaining script well delivered with great chemistry between the recently out of sorts Crowe and the in-form Gosling, backed up by a good ensemble cast.

The only disappointing performance came from Kim Basinger, whose performance I strongly suspect has been heavily edited out.

The action is snappy, the dialogue clever but not pretentious and harks back to Black's previous work on Lethal Weapon and even As Good as it Gets.

The lack of obvious special effects shows a great restraint on the part of the director--it would have been tempting to have huge explosions and Matrix style slow motion. The only time physics was defied was in the revelation that bullets do not pass through car trunks and wooden doors--forgivable.

I thoroughly enjoyed it in story and film making terms.

A classic? Not quite, the ending is oddly unfulfilling and the climactic action scene is a bit convoluted, so a 9/10 from me.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Not Looking Forward to Ghostbusters...with Chicks

I'm with the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. I'm not looking forward to the Ghostbusters remake, with women, if the trailer is anything to go by.

Why would you need to do that? Wait for the subtle blackmail of critics--don't like it? SEXIST!! MYSOGYNIST!! YOU SEXIST PIG, HOW DARE YOU NOT LIKE THIS MOVIE WITH STRONG, INTELLIGENT AND FUNNY WOMEN??!!??

Let's make a pact now....let the Union of Cinema Critics and Know-It-All (UCCKIA) call this movie rubbish if it's rubbish, and good if it's good.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Darth by Darthwest, Hitchcock Meets Lucas

Someone has way too much time on their hands.

Movie Review: Where to Invade Next

2016, Documentary, 110 minutes

I was sitting in McDonald's wondering why, despite not sharing Michael Moore's politics and being very wary of his editing policies, I really enjoyed this movie.

...and then it struck me: As I ate my hash-brown, contemplating the downfall of western civilisation, I watched some rapper (dressed the same as the same rapper) telling me over and over to  "lean back...lean back...lean back..." (that's what counts as lyrics these days). This song's video looked and sounded exactly the same as the last one, and the same as the next one. Money for nothing and your chicks for free.

Yes actually, I AM a cultural snob, I'm quite happy looking down on this crap, because it is crap.

For once it's good to watch a movie, any movie, that is unabashedly polemic and isn't made by a committee of executive producers. New York, London, Paris and oddly San Francisco seem to be destroyed anew again and again and again, until....this year...a hero will rise. Sponsored content masquerading as a movie.

When once Edwyn Collins complained that there were too many protest singers, not enough protest songs, now there's neither.

The concept is a simple, but very interesting one--America has spent billions sending its troops around the world to invade the scum of the earth, and has managed very little tangible gains....why not "invade" countries with high standards of living, or socially progressive policies and cherry pick them, taking this plunder back to America.

As a piece of documentary film-making the film stands up well. The medium is one in which Moore can spread out and shoot. Equal parts comedy, mockumentary and political statement, and Moore delivers a fun easy to watch and ahem pretty convincing argument.

Yes, I'm sure that this is edited ....extensively to give the required tone, and I'd want to fact check the hell out of this but at least it's funny, and thought-provoking and doesn't expect you to go into a coma in your seat.


Thursday, May 19, 2016