please don’t take that star rating as a denunciation—as often, my reaction is less ‘not good’ than ‘not enough’. admittedly, it’s also similar to my sentiments on sunrise; at least sjöström gives a decent deal more weight to the arc with which murnau so troubled me. nevertheless, i’m afraid i’m still uneasy, especially in this week i’m rubbed raw by the scotus hearings, about david’s sobbing repentance. ‘no-one believes i want to reform. i want to be good, but no-one…
such a soft, sweet, calm, gentle, low-stakes tale of righteous violence! totally refuses any collapse into easy theological categories, deliberately self-complicating, bouncing between traditions & heterodoxies but never resorting to edgy contrarianism, drawing from a surprisingly deep referential pool: veronica maria teresa iscariot! heaven as a wheel with god at the centre! plus this loveliest protagonist gets about the most understanding gracious romance and i don’t know what to say. this is just such happy comfort cinema for me & i can’t thank pd187 enough for bringing it to my attention. what a perfect way to begin my first hoop-tober!
2018 hoop-tober: 1/31
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i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…
so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…