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Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To quote Indiana Jones, "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" Well, they are connected to the creation story of the natives who live along the Amazon river. The subplots about missionaries and Europeans exploiting the natural resources such as rubber trees gives good context to the story. The locations around Columbia are so beautiful in black and white. The plot jumps forward and back in time as young Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) and old Karamakate (Antonio Bolivar) each guide a European scientist through the winding river and forests. Karamakate is alone in the world, a warrior survivor with a powerful memory. The largest portion of the film takes place in 1909 when sick scientist Theo (Jan Bijvoet) is keeping a diary and hoping to get back to his colleagues in "civilization" for medical aid. Secondarily, in 1940 another scientist named Evan (Brionne Davis) arrives with a tape recorder tracing the journey that Theo took based on his diary. Both Europeans learn much from Karamakate although he never grows to trust either of them very much. This adventure explores life and our place in the world through gorgeous photography, the evil of colonialism, and a hallucinatory sacred plant.

Mad Max: Fury Road
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm treating this as a stand-alone movie simply because I have not seen writer/director George Miller's three other films in the franchise. I was surprised that an action film like this received an Oscar Nom for Best Picture and I didn't see this until after the nominations had been announced and a local indie theater scheduled a midnight showing. It has a post apocalyptic car chase plot; it is a fossil-fuels-and-the-fall-of-paradise parable. With Furiosa's character, the other slave girls, and the Keeper of the Seeds there is a healthy dose of feminism injected. But still it is fairly basic story-wise. It is practically chromium steel porn. And yet George Miller and team are masters at getting the blood pumping through non-stop action, which was so fun to watch. I read about the practical stunts and effects. They were impressive. It ended up winning six Oscars including one for editing. The vigorous cuts and unique production designs led to such a thrilling other-worldly experience. Hardy, Theron, Hoult, and Keays-Byrne all commanded the screen. The one thing that was too over-the-top for me was the guitarist in the war party. That guy thrashing his ax with pyrotechnics in a world where fuel is scarce was beyond my threshold of willing suspension of disbelief.