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Night Moves
Night Moves (1975)
5 days ago via Flixster

A mediocre movie with two great characters - Moseby and Paula. Warren knocks it out of the park as a realistic and layered female character- shocking for the 70s for the most part. Then Hackman plays so genuinely nice, friendly and sincere your heart can't help but bleed for him.
Unfortunately the plot doesn't live up to the depth of the characters. For a movie that dabbles in child molestation and potential kidnappings the answer to of the why for the twist is super left field and bland.

Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona)
5 days ago via Flixster

Oh god, what a load of crap. The best I can say about this is that the illustration style is beautiful. Oh and if you ever wanted to see a clam go to town on a snail, or an alligator eat out a woman, this is the movie for you.

This movie is for your penis, by your penis and about your penis. I'm having a very hard time seeing where anybody saw 'feminism' in this other than the weird shoved in ending where the movie pretends the french symbol of Liberty was a real person? Jeanne's entire life and death is based around, sponsored by and about penises. Every image of her is showing off her body sexually via a male gaze. Every life changing event she has, from her initial gang rape to her later 'awakening', is through penises being forced upon her. She's beaten and broken down until she accepts Satan's penis. Then I guess wow surprise she learns to own her sexuality through penis guidance and inspire the village to orgy and enjoy life.

Fart noise. Google the art, skip the movie.

Silence (2017)
5 days ago via Flixster

I have the sneaking suspicion this one wasn't 'For Me' in that I left the movie with a big shrug. Perhaps if I knew more about Christianity or Buddhism? I'd like to think I have a working knowledge of both, but if there were any subtleties they were certainly lost on me. And as much of a history buff as I am, I don't know much about this time in Japan so I basically went in blind. I'm really enjoying some of the more comprehensive reviews on Letterboxd though.

Some spoilers

I did find this movie to be very interesting at least. For a three hour film I wasn't ever checking my watch really (though it probably could have lost a half hour if I'm being honest). It's also beautiful - I guess it was shot in Taiwan so I can't say much about Japan here but the landscape's untamed beauty fits perfectly with the underlying menace perceived by the priests.

And then there's the whole 'religion' thing. I certainly did not read this as a pro-Christian film, though I believe a devout Christian viewer might have a very different experience watching this film. To me, however, its a movie about men who must overcome their egos and give up their faith in order to better follow the teachings of it. They had to publicly give up their belief in Christ in order to become Christ - sacrifice themselves not in death but in faith for the sake of others. This in itself is actually more of a Buddhist concept if I'm not incorrect, which certainly mixes interestingly with this story. It also brings up a larger 'what makes one a Christian' debate - is it the day-to-day or is it in how your life is lived? I'm sure Christianity has a response to this question but I don't know what that is. This idea ties in nicely though with the character of Kichijiro, the man who eternally vexes Rodrigues and yet is no worse a 'Christian' than Rodrigues by the end.

Then there's the perspective of the Japanese Kakure Kirishitan, who look to these two young white men for faith and leadership and instead are all murdered for the Padres' inability to put human life before their worship. Rodrigues hypocritically tells the Japanese to trample on the image of the Lord, even though he himself feels too pious to do it for the sake of others. He's also horrified by the death of the Japanese throughout but never as much as he's horrified by the death of his friend Garrpe. It's a telling moment.

I think my favorite part of this film were the conversations between Rodrigues and Inoue - the later of which was the absolute best character of the film. Issei Ogata was the best actor in the damn film too, I was very unimpressed by virtually everybody else. Though it might just be what left me so unsatisfied was Rodrigues' arms-length inability to care about anything other than 'his Lord' aka himself which I took to be Andrew Garfield's inability... I'm open to just being 'wrong' about that because I like Garfield otherwise. Hated those damn accents though, both him and Driver sounded like bad comedians. While I'm at it, I also hated the last shot - it felt like a shitty episode of CSI Miami with the crappy zoom in.

All in all, interesting, beautifully done, arms-length, high-concept parable about something I'm juuuuust failing to grasp. I love when Scorsese does these more straight-forward, no BS movies though, I almost want to like it more for that alone.

Blackfish (2013)
7 days ago via Flixster

Watching this movie upset me on multiple levels.

Mostly, watching this movie really disturbed me in the same way watching news about those psychos who kidnap women and keep them in their basements to torture for a dozen years disturbs me. Seeing the footage of Tilikum being kidnapped as a child, with his family crying out for him is disturbing. Seeing the rake marks and hearing stories of the clashes with other whales is disturbing. Seeing how little they move in the holding tanks is disturbing. Seeing them, erm, harvest sperm from him feels like you're watching a sexual assault. This documentary very skillfully, and I believe truthfully, establishes the inner life of the orca, so the rest of this doc just sort of turns into a horror movie after you accept that.

I also felt for the trainers and it's just as sad to hear about how they died or were mauled. I genuinely believe these are people who loved these animals, even if they were misguided or mislead by Sea World.

Then on a personal level it bummed me out because I have really fond memories of visiting Sea World as a child. Even after watching this I have mixed emotions about the park. Though on one hand, coming to this as late as I did was interesting because a lot has happened in this documentary's wake. Sea World lost tons of money, they stopped Orca shows in California, they stopped their Orca breeding programs and Tilikum died a week ago (which hurts more now knowing his life story). So I'm glad changes are being made, and I do hope Sea World can survive in the long run, though of course with some major overhauls.

As a documentary in general, this clearly captured the hearts and minds of enough people to have made changes in the world. It is one sided, though having seen what their response was in the last three years (re: denial, sidestepping, etc) the viewer doesn't miss out on much from their perspective.

The Skin I Live In
10 days ago via Flixster

Oh my god, a movie hasn't broken my brain the way this one did in a looooooong time. For the first hour I was like "okay, this is strange, don't know what the point is... are these flashbacks? okay... why is this being shown this wa--oh my god..... OH MY GOD." and repeat, until the very last minute of the movie. I'm not even sure I've fully wrapped my head around this one yet so bear with me here.

I think what makes this movie so successful is that it feels like a giant mirror. There's a lot of messed up shit here that you almost want to blame on Almodovar for having chosen to include, but at the end of the day I can't blame him because it's simply just everyday life. The boy who grows up with strong women and still rapes, the man who preaches moral good and still violates others, the concept of being a woman as punishment, the male libido power struggles, the Odalisque paintings juxtaposed with surveillance voyeurism.... Almodovar wraps all of this terror up in a beautiful bow and presents it to us in as otherworldly surrealist horror film with striking color, imagery, lighting and style. It's all at once so clearly his own world and yet just a dark mirror of ours.