Saturday, August 25, 2012

What I've Seen--

Dear Readers,
Things have been completely beyond my control for more than a week, and I deeply apologize for the silence; I did not take a sudden, unannounced vacation, but have been helping someone. Again, I do apologize, but I have gotten in some good film viewing and can't wait to get those reviews up!
First off, I am THRILLED to admit that I was wrong about Paranorman: it's not anti-Catholic, it's pro-Catholic! Hurray! (I just couldn't imagine a film being pro-Catholic! However, there were several children in the audience, and there were places in the film where kids started crying, so I wouldn't advise taking kids to see it). The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is pro-capitalist and pro-American Dream, taking great pains to really butt heads with The Hunger Games and it's a very touching, family film! I also saw 2012: Obama's America: the premise is, if Obama is elected to a second term, there won't be an America. It was very informative and educational and extremely conservative, so I loved it! All the shows have sold out at my theater, and I'm not surprised! If you can make it to see this, take someone with you because you will want to discuss it with someone afterwards.
Via Redbox, I also saw Witchslayer Gretl which was so bad, they didn't even get the title right. It was, however, anti-feminist, which I deeply appreciate, and one of three films involving the story of Hansel and Gretl due out within a year's time (the big one coming out in January with Jeremy Renner and at least one animated version due out soon) so, having seen it, I will be able to use it as a basis for comparison.
Clive Owen in Intruders.
Another film I rented was Clive Owen's Intruders, which I was very pleased with. Smart script and very self-aware, it was intensely psychological; I don't know if any average viewer who watches films for the sake of entertainment would enjoy it, however, if you enjoy busting through narratives like I do, this was enjoyable and I will be getting a review of it up!
Oh, yes, I knew there was something else I had seen: The Apparition. Of course, an easy pun would be, "It was an apparition of a film!" It seems that about 30 minutes of character development is missing and it has a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Apart from that, I can say with confidence that it is anti-capitalist, but--as it makes this anti-energy and anti-material statement--it leaves itself open to a moral critique that is crippling and I think that moral critique is what most reviewers pick up on and have downgraded it so dramatically for! I have not yet gotten to see Premium Rush, but hope to Monday or Tuesday. Again, dear readers, I am terribly sorry about the prolonged silence, but everything was beyond my control. Thank you so much for continuing to check back and I will have The Apparition review up shortly!
I have not yet gotten to see Premium Rush, but hope to Monday or Tuesday. Why? I can say with confidence that recent films have done something not particularly exercised in the past, i.e., employed the male body as a symbol or metaphor for the economy. In Premium Rush (full synopsis here), Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a cyclist in Manhattan, the financial capital of the world, and the mysterious envelope contains money for a family to enter America from China. Does the family symbolize communism entering America, or a family escaping communism in hopes of attaining the American Dream? Yea, I'll be catching this one!
Still haven't seen this one but plan to!
Again, dear readers, I am terribly sorry about the prolonged silence, but everything was beyond my control. Thank you so much for continuing to check back and I will have The Apparition review up shortly!