Anonymous asked: Why do people ask for your opinion about movies? Are they too ignorant to distinguish a good movie from a bad one?
i know you’re being a dick, but i’m going to answer anyway.
why does anyone ask anyone’s opinion about anything? you want validation of your own opinions, mostly. you want to know if this person you’re familiar with thinks & feels the same way you do, and if they don’t, why not? why do people read blogs? why do people care what any critic or writer has to say about things? this blog is pretty much a ‘taste profile,’ so maybe people feel more comfortable with my opinions on things because they know what i like and don’t like and know a little about ME, as opposed to a relatively anonymous byline.
i don’t think people are like, slavishly devoted to anything i have to say on here. i have enough faith in people’s knowledge of the film landscape that they can make their own decisions on what to watch, and why. this isn’t a news site, so it’s not like people are reading this blog to find out what any movie is necessarily about or when it’s coming out.
also, good/bad binaries are so boring. please.
Anonymous asked: continuing to follow for your thoughts on blanchett/woody allen.
Anonymous asked: unfollowed for your thoughts on blanchett / woody allen
Anonymous asked: Do you believe he molested her? Apparently the head of a police appointed medical team gave testimony claiming it was very unlikely that she was molested and that she made it up due to the stress at home after they broke up.
i have no idea, i can’t even speculate. i’m not a doctor, lawyer, social worker, police officer, or member of their family. it is SO NOT MY BUSINESS and it’s not yours, either. obviously, there is some tremendous animus between woody allen & mia farrow and the fracturing of their family & divvying up of their children makes me very sad. the entire thing seems very painful and i wouldn’t wish that kind of stress on anyone.
took some time to ponder this before posting.
well, your first mistake was looking for rationality, level-headedness or common sense on tumblr. you’re never going to find it in abundance.
you make some very good points. the only one i’d take issue with is no. 5, which it has been brought to my attention by other bloggers, is more problematic & messy than i would like to believe. i try not to conflate an artist and his work, however, to say that there is NO relationship between an artist’s private life & his work seems willfully ignorant of the realities of self-expression. there’s gotta be SOME overlap. this idea gets even more disturbing when, for example, a self-destructive alcoholic or abusive artist creates BETTER work when they are drunk or violent; if i enjoy that work, am i complicit in their sins?
on a personal note, i liked blanchett’s speech a lot. her point on female-lead films is 100% correct and very very relevant (consider that CATCHING FIRE [#1], FROZEN & GRAVITY were all top 10 box office films in 2013 & melissa mccarthy had TWO films in the top 20—the heat & identity thief). she was speaking to a room full of people who make the decisions to make those films; i’m glad she took the opportunity to call the industry out on its own hypocrisy.
as for blanchett being a bad feminist for working with woody allen…look, if you’re an actress of a certain caliber, you’re DYING to work with woody allen. woody allen has directed an actress to an oscar in each of the last five decades. in terms of american directors, there’s nobody who comes close to woody allen in writing good parts for women (i qualify ‘american,’ of course, because many international directors write amazing roles for women, but these are seldom recognized at the oscars).
tbh, i feel like blanchett is a pretty straight-forward broad. if woody allen is tried & convicted of molestation (or the accusations are otherwise proved correct), i don’t doubt for a second that she would issue a statement disavowing her association with allen. she seems like that kind of person. as far as she knows now, woody allen is just the guy who got her an oscar, not whatever some other people want him to be.
you’re totally right that to ‘call out’ woody allen at the oscar telecast before he’s convicted of anything would 100% be slander and in very poor taste. i mean, it’s not like he’s george bush in the middle of the iraq war (michael moore) or the american gov at wounded knee (marlon brando/sacheen littlefeather); at least with those events, you KNEW what was going on was wrong. in this case, honestly, nobody knows for sure.
Anonymous asked: Five best/favorite black and white films since 1968 (somewhat arbitrary date but that was the first year there was no black and white cinematography Oscar)?
oooh good question
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
MANHATTAN (edit: BROADWAY DANNY ROSE, as well!)
STRANGER THAN PARADISE/DOWN BY LAW/DEAD MAN (jarmusch represent!)
WINGS OF DESIRE
WERCKMEISTER HARMONIES/THE TURIN HORSE
lots of great films last year did black and white right (FRANCES HA, COMPUTER CHESS, TABU, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, NEBRASKA, BLANCANIEVES)
nothin’ better than a beautiful black and white movie, in my mind
brendan-deslaurier asked: Since you mentioned him, favorite Sondheim musical? <3
SWEENEY TODD 4EVA
I also have a very special place in my heart for Sunday In The Park With George, which I find a constant creative inspiration and frequently, a reason to keep on livin’.
dainisawkward asked: Favorite film soundtrack from the past ten years?
I’m bad at soundtracks. All I listen to is The Clash and The White Stripes and Sleater-Kinney and Sondheim musicals. I have no idea what a good movie soundtrack is. I rarely pay attention to music in movies because I’m so bad at music. sorry I’m not the right person to ask this question.
Anonymous asked: What's the best move ofhe last 10 yrs and would you go see it with me at the theater if it'd play again?
Wow, only one movie for the past ten years? Um, There Will Be Blood maybe? So many choices.
And of course you can watch it with me! The more, the merrier.
nixskits asked: You can give the late, great Peter O'Toole an Oscar. Which of his performances do you think most deserves the prize?
All of them!
No but when I look at the best actor race objectively on the years he was nominated, he definitely should have won for The Lion in Winter in 1968.
thenevadan asked: Why can't people get off David O. Russel's dick?
I think some people are trying to get off but they’re like stuck there. Impaled on a dick of evil.
Free yourselves, people of Hollywood! There is better dick out there.
Anonymous asked: Have you ever watched uncle boonmee who call recall his past lives?
yep! love it.
freezeframesandetcetera asked: Re: the Best Picture rankings - how many of them would you say were actually good?
DBC and American Hustle—not good
Captain Phillips and Philomena—have good elements but are not successes on the whole
12YAS, Her, WoWS & Nebraska—all good
f---youalexlongmire asked: thanks for your answer about dallas buyers club! i agree with a lot of your points, though i still enjoy it. on another tangent, i am curious about your description of the screenplay as choppy, though. how do you determine something like that from a critical standpoint? do you find screenplays and read them, or can you intuit a screenplay problem from watching a film? how do you determine these issues vs directorial choices? i've not studied film and am interested to hear your views. thanks!
yes, “choppy” is a very lazy descriptor.
what i meant specifically in terms of dallas buyers club is that in the beginning/middle of the film, sometimes it would switch scenes very suddenly between ron’s journey & that of jennifer garner’s character or rayon’s storyline. the transitions seemed very sudden and disrupted the pace of the film imo.
i think part of the reason these choices seemed so jarring to me is that in the very beginning of the movie, we get a lot of ron’s POV shots and we follow him very closely as the clock ticks down to the 30 day marker. then, suddenly, we go along with these supporting characters who have been introduced and we get entire sequences that seem to deter from what the film has clearly established is ron’s story (i’m thinking primarily in garner’s showdown with The Mean Doctor and/or any scenes in garner’s apartment where she’s sipping wine and pondering thorny ethical issues very sternly).
imo, these supporting characters were not integrated very smoothly into the pace of the film and therefore came across as less important and more distracting to whatever ron was doing.
also, there seemed to be a lot of editorializing about the pharmaceutical industry and ron’s crusade against the FDA which seemed to butt up against the film being a character piece; it came across as two different types of films sutured together.
as to how i determined this, it’s part instinctual (how i feel while watching the film) and part visual (how the film is constructed visually in these characters’ introductions, how the film is edited to integrate multiple storylines).
i will admit that several directorial choices did not appeal to me personally (the tendency for ron to ‘imagine’ or hallucinate things—the clown imagery, etc., which was then sort of dropped as a motif as soon as he started to recover). these are choices, of course, and valid in their own right but i just did not like them or think they added anything instructive to the visual language of the film.
also, as a colleague mentioned on twitter the film barrels towards a conclusion that throws a ‘kitchen sink’ approach with a hasty courtroom trial, celebratory homecoming, etc. (a lot of the typical ‘ending of the movie’ scenes which help to neatly wrap up a narrative, that of course in reality was never neatly wrapped up).
hope this makes a little more sense about what i meant.