Discussion in 'Serial Thread Archives' started by Kyriakos, Aug 4, 2019.
Watched it on Kiss Asia
Saw Jojo Rabbit today. It is a very good film. The marketing frames it as a comedy, but there is a strong tonal shift in the third act which hits you like a freight train, but seems inevitable in hindsight, leaves you uncertain how you ever thought it would end differently, and the real genius is how this mirrors the experience of the protagonist. The cast is excellent, Johansson is doing that thing where she reminds us that she's actually a very talented actress, Waititi's turn as a, to quote him, "racially inaccurate Hitler" is more restrained and effective than I'd have expected, and the protagonist does about as close to a perfect job as I think we could expect from a twelve year old.
The film even manages the feat of making Nazis getting blown up, not exactly sad, that's not really possible and it's doubtful that Waititi would be of a mind to try, but tragically absurd, which is no small feat of film-making.
La kryptonie nella borsa (2011). Almost slice-of-life.
Come into my arms, boy!
So (forgot to quote another message) the Jupiter Jones film is good? I know it's currently on rotation on TV.
Waititi is a weird mix of Maori and Jewish. He's already made fun of Nazism with his vampire Nazis in What we do in the Shadows without runing the film or making it about Nazis which, in 99% of modern filmmaking, amounts to the same.
Marriage Story - I liked it but it was really difficult to watch because it's all about divorce which is so inherently depressing. All the scenes with the lawyers were just scummy and messy and hateful. The scenes without the lawyers were a little cheerier showing that life still goes on and people can still be amicable despite how the legal system manages to bring out the worst in everyone. Very good acting by the two leads.
I don't know what Jupiter Jones is.
I got to catch the tail end of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla which is pretty rad. I also found out that there is a Godzilla marathon on Comet-TV on the 20th which is even more rad.
Jupiter Jones is Mila Kunis' character in Jupiter Ascending.
Oh yeah it's pretty good if you don't take it too seriously.
Even being a fan of hers, that movie is almost unwatchable. And I have really really low standards.
I thought Mila= Jovovich and I was starting to write about how she apparently is only in Resident Evil for the rest of time.
She's also in the Ultraviolet film.
And Fifth Element
Now that's a classic
That's a must stop and watch when I'm channel surfing.
I realise I've developed the same compulsion for Galaxy Quest. It's almost as strong as having to watch Pinky and the Brain.
That's another one on my list.
Rewatched District 9 w a friend.
Definitely my favorite romantic comedy
Long Shot with Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron was really good. The jokes were smart, the writing was good and there was great chemistry between the two leads. I was surprised at how good Seth Rogen was - he brought his comedic shtick to the role but this was a more serious performance than you normally get out of him and he honestly nailed it.
That was half a life ago
Creed II - Pretty good. It continues maybe a year or two after the first movie and pits Creed vs Drago, the son the Russian guy in Rocky IV who killed Creed's father. It's almost entirely predictable but I thought it was well done. Michael B. Jordan gives a great performance.
1917 - Amazing WWI movie. There is some gorgeous cinematography which gets contrasted with the horribleness of war. It's all done in what looks like one shot which helps draw you into the main character's point of view and heightens the tension of the film.
Taika Waititi did an absolute fantastic job at drawing out the comedy of dark, and absurd situations, without downplaying how screwed up the whole situation is. It struck me as an authentic portrayal of people who have been beaten past cynicism and into a nihilistic death drive.
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