Between this and Phantasm, Don Coscarelli is fantastic at giving you just enough of a glimpse into another world to make it both plausible and completely alien, and audience stand-ins with just enough of a sense of the absurd to keep them from going mad. This was a real pleasure to watch.
There’s too much violence against women for me to fully recommend this movie, and it’s kind of incel propaganda, but it’s nicely paced and I loved watching the Oily Maniac in action. Unbelievably chaotic. I have to wonder if an early scene in John Wick was an homage to the initial transformation ritual in this movie.
Here's the thing about Idiocracy. It's inventive, it's funny, it's packed with hilarious visual gags, but...
(1) It's smug.
(2) It perpetuates the idea that "idiocy" (as defined by the film) is hereditary. And the idea that natural selection must be permitted to function "correctly" if society is to endure. (Incidentally, this is also the subtext of many anti-welfare arguments, and, well, Triumph of the Will.) In the movie, a class of people - primarily low income people - are…
“Not a single scene is staged. ... Everything is genuine. And there is no tendentious commentary for the simple reason that there is no commentary at all. It is history—pure history.”
—Leni Riefenstahl, on Triumph of the Will
"In filming The Birth of a Nation, I gave to my best knowledge the proven facts and presented the known truth about the Reconstruction period in the American South. These facts are based on an overwhelming compilation of authentic evidence and testimony.…