February 24th, 2020

Anya final stand, S7

movies I have seen

I have watched a bunch of movies and failed to blog about them, so here we are.

Parasite (2019). A poor Korean family insinuates themselves into the life of a rich Korean family. Hoooooly shit this was intense. Drama rather than horror, much more realistic and less allegorical than Snowpiercer (by the same director). I walked out of the theater saying that it was very good, and also I didn't ever want to see it again, but it's really stuck with me and I'm feeling like I might actually want to rewatch in a month or so, now that I can brace myself for things.

JoJo Rabbit (2019). A 10-year-old would-be Nazi in WWII-era Germany with Hitler for an imaginary friend discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his house. This is a Taika Waititi film that won an Oscar for adapted screenplay. It's a comedy, there's satire, there's tears. The cast was good, the kid who stars was absolutely freaking fantastic.

Unicorn Store (2019). A young woman who's flunked out of art school takes a temp job and discovers a store that promises to give her a unicorn, fulfilling a childhood dream. Directed by and starring Brie Larson. This movie was a wild ride, and tbh I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. It's a genre I don't read a lot of, that I guess I'd call satire except that feels both inaccurate and unkind - but like, movies where people are caricatures instead of characters? IDK. I did enjoy it, though, I cried at the end, and the supporting cast in particular is great - SLJ is the unicorn store salesman, but also Bradley Whitford is Larson's dad, and Mamoudou Athie as the love interest was absolutely freaking adorable.

Time Trap (2017). People keep missing near a cave, and by "missing" we mean they go into the cave, where time passes more slowly than outside. This was clearly low-budget and fairly silly, but OTOH I'm a huge sucker for time vortices, and I appreciated how thoroughly it committed to its premise, ie, how dark and high-concept it was willing to take its ending. This one's streaming on Netflix, if you're curious.

John Carter (2012). A 19th-century American ex-military officer finds himself magicked to Mars, which is full of Martians, some of which look human and some which do not. This movie was kind of a mess; it has "expensive flop" written all over it, which an obvious crap ton spent on special effects. I would have liked it better if it had starred someone I found remotely attractive at all, ie not Taylor Kitsch, or if the dynamic between him and the princess were more appealing, or... a lot of things. HOWEVER, I absolutely loved the green six-limbed Martian race, and I would definitely read fic about the chieftan and his secret daughter in particular.

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