“As [American Psycho] progresses, its grasp on reality becomes even more tenuous. A chainsaw dropped several stories down a stairwell happens to land perfectly on a fleeing victim, killing her. An ATM orders Bateman to feed it a stray cat. Bateman shoots at a police car, and it promptly explodes; in that moment, even he looks disbelievingly at his gun. These all seem like the daydreams of an increasingly disturbed man, one who isn’t even bothering to fit his fantasies into the real world anymore.”
Tasha Robinson continues our Movie Of The Week discussion of American Psycho with a look at the film’s slippery grasp of reality, and how its ambiguity about what’s real and what isn’t is more interesting than definitive answers. [Read more…]
Big learning day over here for Chad.
“This creepy desire to make funny animals out of things which should not be funny animals inevitably leads to sexualizing that which should not be sexualized. At a racetrack where Oscar squanders a large sum of money, his big talk attracts the attention of a femme-fatale lionfish named Lola (Angelina Jolie) dancing lasciviously to the Ludacris song “Gold Digger.” Just as Shark Tale reduces Smith to a generic rap dude, it reduces the equally complicated Jolie to an underwater vamp with Jolie’s luscious lips and air of husky sexuality. Husky sexuality is just what’s called for in a movie like Gia, but it seems creepy and unnerving in an animated fish movie aimed at small children. Yet the inappropriateness of sexualizing a cold-blooded sea creature apparently didn’t keep the animators from thinking, ‘Oh man, if we do our jobs correctly, everyone is going to want to fuck this fish.’”
For this week’s Forgotbusters, Nathan Rabin revisits 2004’s terrible (and Oscar nominated) Shark Tale, a Dreamworks film that provided the nadir of mainstream animation’s celebrity obsession. [Read more…]
Sexy fish, y’all.
“Those inclined to reduce films to loglines could easily boil The Lego Movie down to “Toy Story meets The Matrix,” but that description fails to capture how much the film plays by rules it seems to be making up as it goes along. For a film that clearly required a small army to make, it often feels thrillingly off-the-cuff, which keeps with The Lego Movie’s themes of creativity and weirdness: Nobody’s following an instruction book with this one. ”
The Lego Movie is named Essential Viewing, because everything is awesome. [Read more…]
“A Hard Day’s Night finds the band reveling in its then-new fame while trying to escape it, if only for a few moments at a time. John, Paul, George, and Ringo cast a skeptical eye at the machinery of stardom, but they never seem cynical about what it means to be The Beatles in 1964, and never do anything to give those screaming throngs any reason to grow disillusioned with their idols. The music is as pure as the motives of the people making it: young men, just a few years older than the audiences they’re working into a frenzy, who want nothing more than to express themselves and please the crowd. It’s just the rest of the world, with its endless questions and demands, that keeps getting in the way.”
Zip up your Beatle boots and practice your hysterical screaming: A Hard Day’s Night is our Movie Of The Week. [Read more…]