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.
My wife and I went to watch Tom Hooper’s movie Cats. What we saw we can never forget. We are changed. The above video captures what we took away from this experience.
Brilliant piece of self-examination by David Sandberg, the director of Shazam!. Every movie is the result of thousands of decisions by dozens of people. Attributing intentionality to any single minor aspect is a fool’s errand.
I was really grateful to Ben Pearson for joining me to discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home. We delve into what this movie does to Peter Parker’s arc, the reliance of these movies on the legacy of Tony Stark, and the possibilities of future MCU films.
Also: I ran into some difficulty with my video in this one. My Sony A7III ran out of battery while I was shooting the first half of my video. Despite the camera’s promises to recover the file after I booted it back up, it didn’t work and I lost the entire first half of my side of the video. Making things even worse: I was monitoring the battery life the entire time and it plummeted suddenly from about 18% to 0%. This genuinely shook my faith in the camera system. How can I record interviews with this thing if the camera might die and take my video with it?
In any case, I’m grateful to Daanish Syed for stepping up and helping me out with some photoshopped images that I used to fill in the video above. Check them out. I hope you enjoy them.
I was thrilled to see that Netflix recently released a new romantic comedy featuring two Asian-American leads (Randall Park and Ali Wong). There were so many things that the film nailed that I made the above video with my wife to talk about them. We discuss what the film gets right about the Asian-American experience, and dive into details you might have missed. Check it out.