The storyline is a bit underwhelming and predictable, but Christopher Lee does a perfect job flipping between firm confidence and unhinged melodrama. He really was a great actor.
Stanley Kubrick: “It’s 1968. Here’s a slow-burning genre film.”
Jonathan Miller: “Hold my beer.”
This movie has 2 spooky scenes – or, really, they are just 2 spooky shots. Those 2 shots are quite spooky indeed, but the rest of the movie feels like watching someone else’s boring holiday footage. It probably didn't help that I really disliked the central character, who reminds me of a pretentious douchebag teacher I had once.
My dad, Marcus Sherman, appears throughout this short documentary from his time at the New Alchemy Institute in the 1970s on Cape Cod. The group worked on various projects that fall under what would now be considered “hippie modernism”, with a focus on sustainable living.
One of the things my dad worked on, and is shown in the film, was developing low-tech windmills to pump water and generate electricity. This work would lead him to other related projects all over…
Saw this at 3pm on a Thursday because all the other reasonable showtimes throughout the upcoming days seemed to be sold out in the dozens of theaters near me in NYC. (The only other options would have involved going to Times Square before noon.) This one is gonna crush it at the box office.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Was surprised how much Mattel allowed themselves to be skewered in a movie they produced. It makes me wonder if they were…