Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Problems I Had With Split (Spoilers)

M. Night Shyamalan's new film seems to be a hit, and I am a fan so I am happy for him.
I do not, however, think the movie is any good. Sure, it is well directed. The acting is fine, although I found McAvoy surprisingly one note; Betty Buckley is fantastic though, every bit comparable to Donald Pleasance's Dr. Loomis. There are great shots, like when the doctor comes to, but there are questions, the biggest one being, Why didn't the doctor invoke Kevin's name before letting the beast kill her?

There is also a glaring moral issue. Three teen girls are kidnapped by Kevin. One is a troubled girl looking for a ride home. The other two are seemingly spoiled girls yet they are crafty. The two girls are sexualized. They are kept in bar and in panties because they don't wear layers  I guess. The troubled girl wears layers. The clothes hide the fact that she is a cutter. In flashbacks, we learn that as a small child she had a very progressive supportive father who taught her how to hunt. Her uncle though molests her.

She seems like a strong girl, the kind that would not be afraid to tell her dad when something is wrong. Hell, she threatens to kill her uncle. But then her dad dies, and she is left in her uncle's care. The flashbacks lead us nowhere. I thought since Kevin will become a beast the hunting metaphor was supposed to mean something. Since we don't know if she tells the lady cop anything or we don't see her overcome anything to escape, she is given no catharsis or reason for the abuse subplot. She is left alive presumably because Kevin sees a fellow misfit in her, a cutter, someone not normal, a victim, which is actually quite far from the superman he is trying to become. The movie is sensitive to keep that character's clothes on but terrible in the way abuse is a go-nowhere plot point and the sexualizing of the other two when in reality he should respect the ingenuity of the other two as even if they are without obvious problems, they likely have strong inner-lives.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017: A Year of Going Out to the Movies

I think movies are still the most enlightening form of cheap entertainment.
Since I live by a few revival houses these days, I don't always go to see new
titles. But I do go once a week.  I am keeping track of the movies I see in a theater
as the theater is the optimal way to see a picture; it forces concentration and presents
the best sound and image experience. Sometimes the communal nature of the thing is
damn good too. I will keep track of all the titles I see on a Letterbox list instead of blog, but I am using my blog to keep track of this. 

The Hunger (1983) from Tony Scott (Seen at the Loft on 1/7/17  10PM)

Incarnate (2016) from Peyton Reed (Seen at the Gateway 12 on 1/9/17  735pm)

Bye Bye Man (2017) from Stacey Title (Seen at the Park Place 20 on 1/13/17  1125AM)

Split (2017) from M Night Shyamalan (Seen at the Park Place 20 on 1/22/17 1015AM)

Haxan (1922) from Benjamin Christensen (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/22/17  730PM)

The Shining (1980) from Stanley Kubrick (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/28/17  7PM)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) from Tobe Hopper (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/28/17  940PM)

Fright Night (1985) from Tom Holland (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/28/17  1110PM)

Green Room (2016) from Jeremy Saulnier (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/29/17  1AM)

Trick 'r Treat (2007) from Michael Dougherty (Seen at Loft Cinema on 1/29/17  240AM)

Return of the Living Dead (1985) from Dan O Bannon (Seen at the Loft Cinema on 1/29  410AM)

Cat in the Brain (1990) from Lucio Fulci (Seen at the Loft Cinema on 1/29 540AM)

Sabrina (1954) from Billy Wilder (Seen at the Cinema El Con on 2/5 2 PM)

Toni Erdmann (2016) from Maren Ade (Seen at the Loft Cinema on 2/11 7PM)

Allegiance A Fathom Event (2017)  (Seen at Park Place on 2/19 1255PM)

The Red Turtle (2016)  from Michael Dudok de Wit (Seen at Loft Cinema on 2/25 515PM)

Logan (2017) from James Mangold (Seen at Park Place on 3/5 815PM)

Kedi (2016) from Cedya Torun (Seen at the Loft on 3/17 1215PM)

Beauty and the Beast (2017) from Bill Condon (Seen at the Roadhouse on 3/20 1145AM)

The Last Word (2017) from Mark Pellington (Seen at Park Place 20 on 3/25 410PM)

Song to Song (2017) from Terrence Malick (Seen at the Loft on 4/8 2:30PM)

Your Name (2017) from Makoto Shinkai (Seen at Park Place Mall on 4/15 10:10AM)

Phoenix Forgotten (2017) from Justin Barber (Seen at El Con Cinema on 4/23 3:10PM)

Miami Connection (1987) from YK Kim (Seen at the Loft on 4/23 7:30PM)

American Graffiti (1973) from George Lucas (Seen at Fox Theater on 5/13 730PM)

Summer Wars (2009) from Mamrou Hosoda (Seen at the Loft on 5/20 10PM)

Boxing Helena (1993) from Jenifer Lynch (Seen at the Loft on 5/29 at 8PM)

Captain Underpants (2017) from David Soren (Seen at the Park Place on 6/2 at 1155AM)

Wonder Woman (2017) from Patty Jenkins (Seen at the El Con on 6/3 at 3:55PM)

The Mummy (2017) from Alex Kurtzman (Seen at Park Place on 6/9 at 9:10AM)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017) from James Gunn (Seen at Roadhouse Cinema on 613 at 11AM)

Paris Can Wait (2017) from Eleanor Coppola (Seen at El Con on 6/16 at 1120 AM)

Monterey Pop (1967) from DA Pennebaker (Seen at Filmbar on 6/29 at 5PM)

2017 Cat Video Festival (Seen at the JCC on 7/1 at 730PM)

The Beguiled (2017) from Sophia Coppola (Seen at El Con on 7/4 at 155PM)

The Hero (2017) from Brett Haley (Seen at the Loft on 7/7 at 11AM)

The Zodiac Killer (1971) from Tom Hanson (Seen at the Loft on 7/22 at 930PM)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) from Jim Sharman (Seen at the Loft on 7/23 Midnight)

The Little Hours (2017) from Jeff Beana (Seen at the Loft on 7/30 530PM)

The Dark Tower (2017) from Nikoaj Arcel (Seen at the El Con on 8/4 at Noon)

Annabelle Creation (2017) from David Sandberg (Seen at Park Place on 8/9 950PM)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) from Arthur Penn (Seen at the El Con on 8/13 at 7PM)

Born in Flames (1983) from Lizzie Borden (Seen at the Loft on 8/20 at 730PM)

It (2017) from Andres Muchetti (Seen at the Roadhouse on 9/11 at 1130AM)

Suspiria (1977)  from Dario Argeno (Seen at the Loft 9/15 at 1015PM)

Santa Sangre (1989) from Alejandro Jodokowski (Seen at the Loft on 9/20 at 730PM)

Dead Snow (2009) from Tommy Wirkola (Seen at the Loft on 9/23 at 10PM)

The Road Movie (2017)  from Dmitri Kalashnikov (Seen at the Loft on 9/24 at 4PM)

Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017) from Victor Salva (Seen at El Con on 10/4 at 7PM)

Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) from Greydon Clark (Seen at the Loft on 10/9 at 8PM)