“movie on my neck with the screen gems” - pusha t
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What a strange mish-mash of a movie. The animation is simple enough but surprisingly inventive for the cheap budget (even though some of the character designs are pretty racist.) It also looks very much like American animation, specifically Charlie Brown, but the vernacular is heavily Cuban. The jokes land pretty consistently, some of them horny enough to make Ralph Bakshi blush. It’s a political satire, a horror parody, there’s a heist, there’s romance, there’s some great music.
Johnson returns to Cameraperson’s desire to use cinema as a way of preserving life - and death - and this time it’s funnier and more personal. Watching this sweet old man giggle watching his own death so many times is bizarre and hilarious and his rapport with his daughter is genuinely touching. An original way of grappling with the inevitable, and a fun inside look at the filmmaking process.
The title shot of this movie is “Malcolm & Marie” over a bowl of Kraft mac & cheese and I just thought that was so perfect. A bowl of synthetic, familiar slop with the veneer of an expensive digital camera and a black and white filter over it.
Malcom is a boring misogynistic sadist. Marie is a scowling complainer without direction or motivation. This could make for a fun movie if Sam Levinson knew how to write interesting bad people, but unfortunately, he…
Well made and tense thriller that doubles as a poignant look at the last days of an incredible life. It feels a little bizarre to see a movie with such clear Hollywood visual language portray the Chicago Police Department and FBI as unambiguously racist and repressive murderers and have its protagonist openly quoting Che and Mao. I don’t want to give literal old Hollywood studio giant Warner Brothers any credit but I have to admit it was kind of refreshing.…