Off-duty film viewing only. Anything I'm working on, might be working on, or connected to anything I'm working on, won't be mentioned here.
Some immediate idle thoughts:
From a conceptual standpoint, I’m not sure if hooking the film primarily to audio from chat-show interviews is going to elicit the deepest of insights, given the format. Bowie was always good value on them, but I doubt he would deem them worthy of extracting any kind of biography, however loose/associative that may be. It also creates a huge gap toward the end as Bowie had moved out of the public eye.
The film relies a…
The most purely enjoyable film I’ve watched with a large, appreciative audience since RRR. And one which would have ticked all the right boxes for me as a video rental in the nineties. Whether intentional or accidental, its rip-off regurgitation of Hollywood action blockbuster tropes only emphasises their inherent ridiculousness – the tragic backstories of the hero are always absurd, the sheer amount of gunpower is always ludicrous, the mourning of sidekicks is always fleeting, etc. This simply goes harder on all counts, making it feel like a pure distillation of a stupidly entertaining era.
You know how the Doctor Who Christmas specials have a bit more extra money to spend, so there's flashier effects and maybe a guest star or two who used to do films, but the whole thing still feels very televisual in its execution and in its acting, and the dialogue doesn't always land because it's trying to simultaneously appease different audience demographics? That's exactly how this feels – and way before Matt Smith shows up.
My favourite moment? Just as low-budget action films lack the resources to be able to afford a helicopter exploding onscreen, and so the helicopter will dip behind a mountain or a rockface, and you just hear a noise and see a few flames followed by a plume of smoke, Blackbird does the same during its big action climax, when Flatley is required to do some rough-and-tumble against a trio of henchmen. Rather than go to the effort/expense of actually choreographing…