What profound reverence this film holds for the South and for black lives. As a southerner, I felt extremely homesick to the point of tears at several moments watching this experimental yet non-alienating portrait of a rural Alabama county and the black families that characterize it. From a Q&A at the screening I attended at the Museum of the Moving Image, I learned that the director RaMell Ross spent five years shooting this film, gathering 1500 hours of footage. He…
This is like if Don Hertzfeldt made a live-action movie with David Lynch using effects from Return to Oz and Annihilation and The Thing to make a children's fable.
If you don't know about Colonia Dignidad (aka Villa Baviera) just read the first couple paragraphs of the Wiki page that I linked and you'll get the background idea of this movie (and of the one starring Emma Watson called Colonia which I haven't seen). Basically it was a type of…
This was 30 minutes too long but fully redeemed itself towards the end with some great cinematography and a particularly fantastic long shot where: SPOILERS our lead weaves through the halls of a home during a wedding party (on the second floor of a building) broken hearted and looking for an exit to save face before he bursts into tears- the camera follows him effortlessly - he exits, the camera stays and turns back on the partygoers, indulging in wedding…
The stilted dialogue here makes for an interesting watch by itself. And for that reason I’m keeping my eye on Riley Stearns even though this didn’t blow me away. I watched this on a plane with a friend and we had some good laughs. That seems to me like the peak viewing of this - nothing else is really intriguing you, theres time to kill, low stakes, your buddy is with you... sure, throw this on.
It’s an awkward comedy…
When you’re a white director, maybe triple double check about using blackface in your movie as punishment. The irony this short goes for is amateurish to say the least.
This felt so problematic I’m not sure I can unpack it well enough. Stereotypes on stereotypes. Hate speech and hate crimes to get a rise out of an audience. Revenge to make the audience bloodthirsty. Blackface.
This felt like it was made by someone not woke whose favorite film is American History X. Looks like there’s a feature-length version now too. Maybe it will redeem itself.