Encanto

Encanto

Over at arkhaven, it was mentioned how, badly Disney messed up [https://arkhavencomics.com/2021/12/27/after-christmas-disney-fails/] by not promoting Encanto The good: I think it actually is a better film than Frozen - and I mean that no matter how high or low a bar you think that is. It’s certainly more coherent, as there are no scenes with the inherent disconnect of “Let it Go”. It focuses on the importance of family. It pays a lot of attention and respect to cultural motifs, architecture, fl…

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Petty Misery

Petty Misery

No, this is not a reference to Pelosi tearing up her copy of the STFU speech Trump delivered, or the Dems behavior in general, though the Fist of course has his usual Not-Safe-For-Work take on it. No, this instead is about a set of posts that touch on interrelated themes. The first is a post referencing Brian Niemeier [https://www.brianniemeier.com] - author of the outstanding Souldancer and Nethereal, as well as a new mecha series - over at kairos, discussing the big lie shared by all of the…

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An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

Not much of a spoiler here, so no real warning. One of the things that caught my attention in the film 1917 was the way that cultural touchstones were shared. Among them, there's a scene at the end where a soldier is synging a hymn, from memory, no songsheets, and everyone is sitting listening. Another is near the beginning where the General Erinmore, sending the Blake and Schofield off, explains his choice with a line of poetry. This of course brought to mind the Copy-Book Headings [http://w…

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Critics No More

Critics No More

The Dark Herald has an excellent post where he dissects some SJW word salad and points out something that is worth a reminder: that critics are no longer really, as a whole, evaluating whether or not movies are good entertainment and stories [https://darkherald.net/2019/12/01/the-critics-real-job/]. Instead, as he puts it, they are telling you what you should be seeing - not the same thing. Dare I say he didn't go far enough? Not caring about craft has been obvious for a while. I'd been maki…

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Life in a Box

Life in a Box

I've enjoyed the movie reviews over on the Blackpilled youtube channel. Some, like American Beauty, I'd caught wind of a good chunk of how awful it was despite being, at teh time, all in a "art and indie movies about weird shit are cool" immature phase at the time. Others, like Pleasantville, I had not. One that I had, and had never liked the movie, could feel how off and forced it was, was Forrest Gump. So yes, there is a sense where you never know what will come at you. After all, the vast m…

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Red Scare

Red Scare

On the recommendation of Cataline Sergius over at his new blog [https://darkherald.net/2019/02/11/cataline-highly-recommends-the-death-of-stalin-a-comedy-of-terrors/] , I tried out "Death of Stalin". Glad I did. Not hysterically fun, it is an exceedingly black and dark company that transforms into straight-up dark near the end, and yet has a number of moments worth a chuckle as the actors and script manage to both play it utterly straight, yet slightly ridiculous. I'm also somewhat shocked -…

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A Poisoned Cider House

A Poisoned Cider House

In a recent discussion of modern media I noted that while there was a fair bit of anime that I did like, I had gotten a lot pickier about what was actually worthwhile and what was just trash. In and of itself, so what. I followed that up though by noting that while there was a degree to which some old movies fell to childhood nostalgia disorder - they were fonder in my memory than the actual quality deserved - and others were better movies than I recalled, the number that were just outright ugl…

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Superversive Plays Bingo

Superversive Plays Bingo

Superversive plays virtue-signalling Oscar bingo [http://www.superversivesf.com/2019/01/22/why-no-one-cares-about-the-oscars-2019/] so that I don't have to: > I don’t think anyone cares about documentaries … (RGB? Zion? I can’t even find an IMDB page on some of these). Foreign language films … Poland did something about the Cold War, which probably slipped in because no one in Hollywood was looking. For the log of God Almighty — FIFTEEN musical score nominations? Fifteen… talk about overkill.…

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