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bartist
Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2022 12:22 pm Reply with quote
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Windfall, another offering from the Netflix mediocrity spigot, is a Pinteresque limited-setting drama of hostages which starts out promising some dark comedy and class critique but then seems unable to reveal much about its three characters. This ultimate opaqueness means the ending comes as cartoonishly crude and senseless.

Interesting misfire, mostly due to Jason Segel being well cast as the bumbling burglar.

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Posted: Sun Mar 20, 2022 2:36 pm Reply with quote
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The Worst Person in the World blew me over. Totally over. I was expecting something much different. The title? Why? How about Time for a Change. Not only was the young woman beautiful and watchable but her fickleness was not the whole story. Left me in tears. Moveable. [/code]

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Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:48 pm Reply with quote
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Went to see Everything, Everywhere, at One Time, knowing nothing about it except it has Michelle Yeoh, and found out it had an 8.9 rating on IMDb, which is amazing because it is the worst film I have seen in a long time. I get that the film is trying to present the multiverse, but I felt it did it in a particularly inept manner to the point I felt embarrassed for everyone concerned. It's a disconnect like the inept "Uncle Boonmee who can Recall His Past Lives," which won an award at Cannes and is one of the worst films I've ever seen.

EDIT: Since this is the first 2022 film I've seen, it's simultaneously the best and worst film I've seen for the year. I'll try to see "The Secrets of Dumbledore" tomorrow, or (more probably) the mysterious anime film I know nothing about.

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Syd
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:57 pm Reply with quote
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I would normally concede my antipathy was due to hearing loss, except half the film is subtitled (it's randomly in English and Mandarin) and is just as awful.

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bartist
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 11:23 am Reply with quote
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I saw so many glowing reviews, but my alarms were triggered by the sheer density of Chinese-American stereotypes. She runs a laundry. She was a kung fu master in other universes. Clunk.

Multiverses seem to be in atm. Netflix just released a Catalan series with a very similar theme of a husband who has endured a tragedy and then a scientist shows him the way to jump to other parallel universes, where he hopes to avert the tragedy.

If I Hadn't Met You is the series.

Clearly, screenwriters do not worry about laws of thermodynamics or other physics principles when they go to develop these existential themes.[/b][/i]

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gromit
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 5:37 pm Reply with quote
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Uncle Boonmee -- started off as a yawn and then became stupid. Seemed like such an obvious poor film to me.

Will see Everything, Everywhere. Could be good or a disaster. Mostly I've heard a lot of praise for both the script and execution.

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bartist
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 10:08 pm Reply with quote
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Some trepidation when the sigboth announced that she wanted to see EEAAO, but I found it more enjoyable than I gather Syd did. It isn't really like anything I've seen before and I found myself accepting the multiverse more as metaphor carried in a vessel of magical realism than real science fiction. The part with the daughter was fairly heartfelt, though stripped of all the CGI mindbendings and bagel wormhole it might seem trite. I would second the opinion that the whiplash language switching and general lack of enunciation was kind of annoying in places. The comedic concepts, of the more surreal type - rocks talking to each other, people with hotdogs for fingers, anal plugs that confer martial prowess - seemed to be insufficiently edited and drawn out to excessive lengths in a film that's already overlong. Sometimes felt a roomful of writers were trying to one-up each other on sheer weirdness. The more quotidian humor, like Jamie Lee Curtis as a sourpuss IRS employee, worked better. And I will say Ms Yeoh held the emotional center of all this interdimensional turbulence pretty well. Too bad she couldn't have been allowed to work in a film less overstuffed with sound and fury.

Sorta makes me want to see Crouching Tiger HD again, to remember what artistic restraint and a clearer vision looks like where martial arts and magical realism intersect.

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