In the latest episode of The Substandard (subscribe, review, etc), JVL, Vic, and I talked about Harvey Weinstein in ways that may hit a bit too close to home for some of our listeners (are you anti-Harvey, anti-anti-Harvey, or anti-anti-anti-Harvey?) and have a spoiler-heavy (SERIOUSLY SO MANY SPOILERS) discussion about Blade Runner 2049. As a result of the fascinating-but-lengthy chat over the various philosophical quandaries presented by Blade Runner 2049, we had to cut a section ranking Villeneuve’s films. So, after the embed, I shall do that here. For you, the people.
In the latest episode of The Substandard (subscribe, review, etc), JVL, Vic, and I talked about Harvey Weinstein in ways that may hit a bit too close to home for some of our listeners (are you anti-Harvey, anti-anti-Harvey, or anti-anti-anti-Harvey?) and have a spoiler-heavy (SERIOUSLY SO MANY SPOILERS) discussion about Blade Runner 2049. As a result of the fascinating-but-lengthy chat over the various philosophical quandaries presented by Blade Runner 2049, we had to cut a section ranking Villeneuves films. So, after the embed, I shall do that here. For you, the people.
Note: This ranking does not include Polytechnique, August 32nd on Earth, or Maelstrom, which I have not seen. So, more accurately, this is "Denis Villeneuve Films Since 2010, Ranked." Whatever.
I know some people who really, really like this movie but, honestly, I just dont get it. Its a bit weird and abstract for my tastes.
Over at the Washington Post this week, I wrote an essay about Villeneuves fascination with childbirth and parenting. If I had wanted to be a bit more provocative, I wouldve argued that hes the great pro-life filmmaker of our time.* And, honestly, I dont think itd be that much of a stretch, especially when considering Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. But the linchpin of any such argument would have to be Incendies.
Major spoilers for Incendies for the next two paragraphs.
Incendies follows the efforts of a pair of twins trying to track down their father and brother following their mothers death. This is difficult for them, since they thought their father was dead and did not even know they had a brother. Villeneuve cuts back and forth from the present—where Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) is traipsing through the Middle East to uncover the past of her mother Nawal (Lubna Azabal)—to the past, where we see Nawals travails. Travails that include her imprisonment and subsequent rape—by a man who turns out to be the son she abandoned.
This is all obviously very horrifying and her pregnancy is a very explicitly part of her punishment; if she could have aborted the babies she would have, as we see when she attempts to end the pregnancy by punching herself in the stomach. And most people—even many pro-lifers, I think—would agree that a pregnancy by rape/incest should be allowed to be terminated. However, by structuring the film as he does—by showing us the twins alive, successful, fully functional adults with lives and dreams and desires of their own—Villeneuve pricks a hole in the argument that abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape/incest. If you are pro-life, the only morally consistent position is to be pro-life regardless of the circumstances of the childs conception: As we see in the case of Jeanne and her brother, Simon (Maxim Gaudette), a life is a life is a life.
End Incendies spoilers.
A borderline great film that gets bogged down in the middle because Villeneuve desperately wanted to make a point about torture being bad. Couldve made the same point and trimmed about 20 minutes. At two-and-a-half hours, its just too long for what it is: an intricately plotted crime thriller with standout performances by every cast member.
3. Blade Runner 2049
Review here. Im eager to see it again.
Review here. This movie wrecked me harder than just about any movie Ive ever seen. Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel. Niagara Falls.
Review here. A four-star film for the trip through Juarez alone.
*This also would have necessitated viewings of August 32nd on Earth (IMDBs description: "Young Simone is involved in a near fatal car crash, and as she questions her mortality, she also decides to have a baby.") and Maelstrom (From IMDB, again: "Bibis life is in shambles. She has just had an abortion. And the boutiques are failing because of her incompetence, which is the result of or has led to her substance abuse."). Sadly, I did not have time for this. Maybe Ill revisit this in the future.
Посмотреть на рождественскую сказку приходит множество людей, которые также оставляют пожертвования. Часть средств уходит на оплату счетов за электричество, остальное Дэвид тратит на благотворительность.
Согласно рейтингу издания, Уолберг приносил лишь 4,4 доллара прибыли за каждый доллар, заплаченный ему за работу. А драма Глубоководный горизонт, в которой актер выступил продюсером и исполнителем главной роли, по итоговым сборам едва покрыла свой бюджет.
Пресс-секретарь российского президента Дмитрий Песков, отвечая на соответствующий вопрос, отметил, что речь идет об обвинениях, которые имеют под собой основу и четкие показания в неправильном использовании государственных денег.
In the latest Substandard (subscribe/review, unless you want Vic to quit; if we don’t make it to 500 reviews by the end of the year I can’t see him signing up for another tour), Vic, JVL, and I discuss, um, watches, before moving on to Darkest Hour (I liked it; JVL did not; Vic was mixed) and Gary Oldman. I’ve made my case for Oldman in Darkest Hourelsewhere, but what I’d like to do here is use the medium of the blog post to more fully praise his career. What I mean by this is, rather than writing an essay or putting up some listicle with capsule reviews from his years onscreen, I think we can use the form of the blog post a bit more creatively to take a tour through his career—to fully experience his range and the breadth of his transformations. When people say “character actor” they sometimes mean “that guy I recognize from a bunch of movies.” But Oldman is rarely recognizable. And he’s never the same twice.
(Notably absent from this montage: Tiptoes.)
So, after the embed, let’s take a peek at Gary Oldman: A Career in Gifs.
Сначала артист в одном только нижнем белье направляется из автомобиля к главному входу в суд. При входе в суд Антон Мухарский снимает белье и прикрывается листом бумаги с надписью Петренко – эй, Услышь родителей!.
Луис Падрон из Буэнос-Айреса, 26-летний студент, имел одну заветную мечту – он безумно хотел быть похожим на эльфа. Луису предстоял ряд дорогостоящих и опасных операций, на которые он в общей сумме потратил порядка 135 тысяч долларов.
Член Национального совета по вопросам телевидения и радиовещания Сергей Костинский пояснил, что при ротации 60% песен на языках стран-Евросоюза предусмотрено сохранение для квот на украинский язык на уровне 25%.