Twitter was breached rather spectacularly today. In the above video, I share some thoughts on what went down today and what the implications are for the social media platform many of us love to hate.
Some thoughts on how Palm Springs, one of my favorite films of 2020 so far, innovates on the time loop genre.
A few thoughts on what went wrong with trying to get people to pay for Quick Bites of content.
A few thoughts on one of the dumbest, best game shows I’ve seen in recent memory.
Wow it is really upsetting to see Elizabeth Moss being controlled by a sinister force that seeks to strip her of her individuality and define her actions and beliefs in increasingly upsetting ways.
Anyway, on a totally separate note, I saw The Invisible Man recently.
Leigh Whannell hits another solid one out of the park, crafting a horror thriller that’s equal parts scary and upsetting (and seemingly doing it on a pretty low budget). Whannell understands that with a concept like the invisible man, even a simple camera pan can convey terror as you have no idea if the villain is actually standing right there.
Moss is doing top tier work here. At one point she has a conversation WITH A DOORWAY that is one of the most mesmerizing pieces of acting I’ve ever seen. Her performance really elevates this material.
Other random notes:
-The opening sequence of this film is a masterclass in showing instead of telling.
-I saw this movie in Dolby Atmos and I’d recommend that presentation (or IMAX) if you can, as the sound design in the film is truly excellent. For much of this film you’re only hearing the action as opposed to seeing it.
-I wasn’t a fan of the later plot developments in the film, which I thought gave the whole thing a much more muddled and ambiguous message.
Reed Morano’s The Rhythm Section poses a genre scenario with an interesting twist: what if an assassin was terrible at her job? Like, truly epically bad?
I discuss the net effect of this in the above video review, featuring Melissa Tamminga.
Some thoughts on the unpleasant experience of watching Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen. For further reading, I’d also recommend John DeVore’s review.
I made a video featuring my top 10 films of 2019. Because what better time to release such a video than 16 days after the year is already over and nobody cares anymore?
Anyways, please watch. Also, you can listen to me count this list down on the Slashfilmcast.