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  • I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

    I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House


    Strange to have watched this so soon after Annabelle: Creation, which uses many of the same conventions (incl. old-timey 30s music to denote creepiness) to much cruder ends. Perkins has more on his mind, laying his cards on the table from the first 10 minutes - incl. the most important card, the eventual fate of our heroine - and keeping the post-modern tweaks going by having her comment on the ghost-story structure ("It can't be too much longer now...") in…

  • Heal the Living

    Heal the Living


    The opening litany of 21 (!) production companies, film funds and tax shelters suggests how tricky it must've been to get this financed. "You have only a sliver of plot," the money people must've pointed out; "Your narrative wanders. There's no character arc. Not to mention that the story is depressing, a young person is killed, and your climax involves heart surgery shown in graphic detail." "It'll be okay!" Quillevere must've pleaded. "I'm going to get a gentle piano score…

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  • Margaret



    Held me spellbound for three hours, if nothing else (extended cut, fwiw). 25th HOUR-ish - New York movie, moral drama about Doing the Right Thing, symphonic score over jagged rhythms - also Desplechin-ish for the sweep and scale, but more ambitious than either: an epic of human disconnection, based around the fact that language is such an imperfect way of trying to connect - emotion is easier, but we lose it as we grow older ("It is Margaret you mourn…

  • Aloha



    File with James L. Brooks' How Do You Know as a late-period rom-com that may seem inept because it dispenses with the usual pretence of realism (the magical setting helps, like it did, in a different way, in Almost Famous; maybe Crowe's peculiar sensibility needs the licence of an anything-goes milieu to really take flight). Myths and omens appear prominently. There's an emphasis on the touchy-feely - Danny McBride as Colonel "Fingers"; Bill Murray giving an impromptu massage - over…