The film is about vision, blindness, and insecurity. It’s about love and dependance. It updates an old Hollywood trope: a man fears that if his disabled wife is healed, she’ll no longer need her caregiving husband. The setting in Bangkok, a strange and blurry place for Europesn, and thus becomes a metaphor for her condition. Blake Lively’s character is the visually impaired but gives a performance of great clarity. Jason Clarke’s character, though sighted, is opaque. The film itself is…
This is one of those earnest, advocating documentaries that are more focused on changing the world than on the film’s aesthetic or entertainment value. In this case, the filmmaker is not trying to raise awareness on the plight of neglected refugees, but to raise awareness of the neglected role of Mick Ronson in creating of in the Bowie canon and in the history of rock & roll. In this it achieved its goal, and I came away from the film and…
Historians searching for the point at which Hollywood began offering two separate product lines -- intelligent movies and blockbuster movies -- would do well would do well to look to 1994. The film version of The Madness of George III was renamed The Madness of King George because American focus group respondents told interviewers they were unlikely to see it because they hadn't seen The Madness of George 1 or 2.
You know the old joke: last night I went to a boxing match, and a hockey game broke out. Well, I felt I went to a Merchant-Ivory film, and a Hitchcock movie broke out.
Phantom Thread seems at first to be the trope of the tortured and torturous male genius who rules over his long-suffering female enablers (e.g., Mother!); however, the more we get to know this complicated emotional triangle the more we see that it’s the opposite. It seems…