Dumb as hell, but so is war! Has one central uncommon-to-see-in-a-war-movie observation on the use and power of propaganda that it proceeds to run into the ground and pad out with operatic bleach-bypassed ultraviolence (so many wide shots riffing on Brueghel paintings) and ludicrous melodrama. Everything you need to know about this movie is that Ron Perlman dons a cockney (???) accent to play a Russian and says shit like “it’s soup time innit?” while wearing gold teeth. Absolutely ri-goddamn-diculous.
I think the Saw formula of literalizing ridiculous emotional melodrama as convoluted loosely themed violence is an inherently incredible idea, but rest assured, the ethics in this are far more questionable than even the 7th Saw movie, and the twist ending is a million times wilder than you can possibly dream. Only know about this movie because I won a signed copy of the (not very good) soundtrack at a horror trivia night a few months ago lol
Make Happy is pretty handily my least favorite work of art of all time, so my expectations of Inside were low to say the least. It’s about the same thing Bo’s so-called “comedy” is always about, of course - his pathological straight-white-male need to be the center of attention, how much he loathes that about himself, how helpless he is to change it. It’s still not funny and still uniquely solipsistic, but this time, instead of doing it for an…
Daniel Johnston was not a misunderstood genius.
This documentary proves that he was, in fact, a very well-understood one, surrounded by people who saw his (frankly, practically peerless) talent and alternately strived to get him the help he needed and actively enabled his darkest periods. The Devil and Daniel Johnston is in a precarious position as a profile of perhaps the best-known so-called “outsider musician,” perfectly poised to deflate the idiot-savant notions behind that dangerously ableist and classist category, with…