The Martian hits so many of my buttons just right. It’s a movie about space travel and survival where there’s really no antagonist, just a bunch of brilliant humans doing their best and being brilliant and creative to solve problems and save someone’s life. It’s funny and it’s engrossing and it’s tense and it’s fun. Just a great movie.
I haven’t seen this in forever and holy crap I forgot how much it slaps. The music is incredible but we all knew that. What I was most impressed with was the visual language this film adopted. There’s some genuinely Hitchcockian “camera” work in the animation that was stunning. The whole movie is brimming with life and vitality. It’s so good.
Re-watching this made me dislike the new “live action” remake even more than I already did.
Week 6 - Movement - German Weimar Cinema (1919-1933)
Imagine that David Lynch and Tim Burton were alive in 1920s Germany and teamed up to make a silent horror and that’s about what the tone and set design here are. The tone is all over the place, from existential/psychological horror to outright comedy, but it really works overall.
My normal critique of a lot of the silent horror that I’ve watched still applies: the pacing…
Film School Drop Outs 2019
Week 10 - Movement - Third Reich Cinema (1933-1945)
This was the week I was dreading. I’ve made a deliberate point to not watch any films made by Nazis. I don’t really want to watch propaganda put out by one of the most evil regimes in history, especially considering that their propaganda was often used to justify not only their war and imperialism, but their xenophobia and the holocaust. In recent years, I’ve become even…