Grrrrl Power Movies - Alita and "Marvel"

Grrrrl Power Movies - Alita and "Marvel"

For what it's worth, Cataline's review pf Alita is pretty much spot on. That said, while the scene where she tries to rouse the hunters to fight together as soldiers as a groaner - I do not think it was misplaced. I am not sure if it was a deliberate piece of subversion, but it was deliberately awkward. Instead, I found the repeated line about being tossed aside as just a nothing girl, further in light of another line about someone making the mistake of underestimating her, that made clear the feminist chops of the movie. Also, yes. there is…

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Oscars, FWIW

Oscars, FWIW

I figure Bohemian Rhapsody is getting best film, though Black Panther would be my second guess due to "oscars so white" concerns being so obvious in having both it and "Black KKKlansman" being nominated.Why BR? Gay issues, aids, persecution of immigrants. Boomer music. Live Aid. The last lets the older Oscar crowd feel self-congratulatory.…

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

In our sadly simplified age we tend to either have overtly, almost desperately, happy or overtly grimdark (and these are sold as "intelligent", and "real"), and I know far too many who see a dark tale of virtue and hope and cannot see the light at the end, as if it's been trained out. I ended up watching the movie version of Solomon Kane due to the recommendation of Razorfist (and if you dig up the youtube video, the recommended book of collected stories is well worth every penny), and it was outstanding. First, the downside.…

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Cult of the Child

Cult of the Child

So discussing the ugliness, the propaganda and "sophisticated" writing faults, and the ugliness disguised as beauty as I have been, I thought one more item needed to be looked at.I'm not sure where I most recently heard it, but was reminded of the expression "cult of the child" in regards to several tendencies, mostly parents catering to children, and mothers treating children as shields. What it brought to mind was something else I most painfully noticed a long time ago - especially in Spielberg movies in the 80's - the worship of childlike innocence as a cure to ills.…

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No Spoilers?

No Spoilers?

Bradford Walker discusses using spoilers as a method to avoid wasting time on crap. In many cases, the summaries are sufficiently thorough that I can discuss the work in question with people who’ve consumed it and not miss a beat. (This is a reliable tell regarding the work in question, and often of its fandom.) Letting others talk has done far more to tell me that I was right to go with the spoiler and skip it than to convince me otherwise. Using spoilers as a screen allows me to avoid most of the crap. At first I was…

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John Wick Chapter 2. Again

John Wick Chapter 2. Again

I know, I know, he can be slow to get around to a movie, but the Didact finally saw John Wick 2 and despite having his mind blown, enough of it survived to write about it. There isn’t a single wasted moment in it. There is not one scene that does not bristle with energy and is not stylishly shot. There is not one action sequence that is anything less than jaw-dropping. About the only flaw that I can find in the movie is that maybe the characters are not particularly well developed or interesting- but that is because,…

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More on tha Backstory

More on tha Backstory

I know in the last piece I discussed mostly how backstory is used to establish character, and since thought of a couple more points I wanted to cover. One – backstory also is used to establish setting. This is one of the biggest reasons why the opener of The Incredibles  works, but Up doesn’t. Where Up starts as a quiet bit that builds to adventure, the short movie that takes over the opening is used to tell us about the character, but nothing that couldn’t have been done by stretching out his departure a bit. The Incredibles is an…

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Moar Winning

Moar Winning

I overheard a conversation at an employee lounge where I was sitting to finish up some paperwork before setting off to my next job, related to the movie “La La Land.” The thrust was that they really, really, enjoyed the soundtrack (done by Justin Hurwitz, who also did the score for the also jazz-centered Whiplash), but at first hadn’t “gotten” why so many people were so enthusiastic about the movie. Then they opined about how the music and tone were just sooo upbeat, and in these hard times, with such a bad year, with everyone so depressed and divided,…

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