Remains so totally unlike any other movie ever made - I can’t even imagine how earth shattering this must have been in ‘83.
Cronenberg remixes all his career-long obsessions into an arch, ridiculous parody of the millennial mindwarper that also doubles as one of the best in the genre.
I’m prob gonna stop going to American Cinematheque at the Los Feliz 3 for repertory screenings from DCP most of the time (obviously there will be exceptions) - this is the second time I’ve been disappointed by standard-definition, artifact-heavy projection there, and to be perfectly honest, I’m a bit surprised by the quality control.…
Make Happy is pretty handily my least favorite work of art of all time, so my expectations of Inside were low to say the least. It’s about the same thing Bo’s so-called “comedy” is always about, of course - his pathological straight-white-male need to be the center of attention, how much he loathes that about himself, how helpless he is to change it. It’s still not funny and still uniquely solipsistic, but this time, instead of doing it for an…
Daniel Johnston was not a misunderstood genius.
This documentary proves that he was, in fact, a very well-understood one, surrounded by people who saw his (frankly, practically peerless) talent and alternately strived to get him the help he needed and actively enabled his darkest periods. The Devil and Daniel Johnston is in a precarious position as a profile of perhaps the best-known so-called “outsider musician,” perfectly poised to deflate the idiot-savant notions behind that dangerously ableist and classist category, with…