26, he/him. Spectacularly awkward gay pop culture nerd with Asperger's. Would be writer/filmmaker but too lazy and/or self-conscious.
I expected more from Mark Rappaport, one of the most interesting video essayists currently making films. This lacks the hyper specificity of his best works, often feeling rambling and poetic in the space of something more concrete. There is an interesting work to be made about what it means to be a masked society but I'm not sure this is it. The Bonnie and Clyde metaphor, in particular, feels tangentially related at best. Treatise on male nudity in the middle is interesting but again feels more of a side note.
Starts out as a relatively highbrow thriller before descending into grindhouse insanity. Improbably very entertaining. Laurence Olivier (one of the greatest of all actors) hamming it up as a doddering but dogged Nazi hunter complete with ridiculous German accent. It's easy to make fun of the guy but he's such a sweet character that I grew to love him. Between this and Bunny Lake Is Missing, Olivier really could've had an iconic detective series.
Opposite him in many ways is…
Coded Bias might be the most timely and relevant film I see at MIFF2020 but I found the execution hamfisted and uncinematic. Makes sweeping generalisations with little evidence to back it up and it's moments of visual invention are cringeworthy (the female HAL riff is especially awful). Charismatic interview subjects, especially Buolamwini, but they deserve better than this film. I think my big problem is it eventually becomes about more than bias in software and algorithms (which is incredibly interesting,…
Extremely weird but beautifully made. I'm not sure Tykwer captures the sensory feel that he's clearly going for, with many of the attempts to capture smell looking gimmicky. But that makes for a strange, near overwhelming visual experience. I was reminded of Fellini's Casanova or the Wachowski's Speed Racer. It's A LOT. But the visual style is paired with a narrative like The Storyteller had a particularly dark day.
There's so many fairytale elements here, but the actual story is…