Mission to Mars ★★★½

Discussed with Josh Spiegel and Scott Renshaw on their Disney podcast Mousterpiece Cinema (MTM is a Touchstone Release). I used this to test my pet theory of De Palma, which is his real strengths as a director are the way he constructs and employs performance for his set pieces. And when you get a film where all the De Palma performances are registering without much style or emphasis, it all sort of becomes bland even when the camera moves with abandon through Zero G (though the one place it works—and you know the scene—is maybe the most sincerely devastating moment in the director's career). And since I sometimes like being an idiot, let me posit this as De Palma's She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. Has De Palma ever felt so sincere?

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