Watched A Private War (2018)

Watched The Day Shall Come (2019)

There’s a sadness to the satire in this film. I suppose it’s a sign of the times we’re surviving. Our reality is so absurd it’s hard to sink the boats of bureaucrats with ridicule alone. I suppose that’s what happens when reality becomes the parody of a satire. The ridiculous has become true. A few years ago the fulcrum would’ve been easier to find. Now it has to fight events and characters that weigh so heavily on the scale there’s no pivot, no reciprocal return. None of this is meant as a criticism of the film. Only an observation about how hard it is to make us laugh now. It’s funny is in the absurdness, and the absurdity is ultimately the creator of sadness. It taps into a kind of stoic rationalisation, one that says if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

Watched Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (2019)

Is this Tarantino’s best film? Probably not. Is it his most violent? While it has its moments, I’m going to say no. What it might be though is his most optimistic movie? It’s beautifully constructed, exhibiting a masterful use of music, that subtlety transports you into the psyche of the time. But the most interesting thing for me is the way he reimagines the era with a strange kind of optimism. He weaves into all of the self doubt, anger, blood, drugs, and chomping dog bites, the possibility of better world. He does this by making you pause and think about what could’ve been. And when you do that you’re forced to ask, how can things be different?

Watched Open Grave (2013)

A drip feed thriller that holds all your attention. It plays with ideas of memory, and sits interestingly into the genre of virus apocalypse movies, without giving it all away at the beginning. A really solid effort from all involved. Also it’s directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, the man behind the 2011 film Apollo 18. A found footage story that reveals the real reasons NASA has never been back to the moon. Defiantly worth a features worth of your time.

Watched Hustlers (2019)

There’s a lot to like about this film. It has a strong female cast. It’s written and directed by a woman, and concentrates exclusively on the relationships between the female characters. The men are all weak in some way, driven by ego or insecurity, and of course their libido. Why else would they be in a strip club? They treat women with either contempt, something to be bought, or reverence, something to be worshipped. Never to be respected, or thought of as equal. The women exploit the weaknesses of men to get what they want, money. That’s the world. Men treat women badly. Women get their revenge by ripping men off. Ironically reinforcing the view that women are there to be exploited. I might be wrong about this but that’s the way it seems. These are independent women taking charge of their lives, but only in world where the relationships between men and women are always exploitative. Perhaps it’s best viewed as a story that takes stock rather than one offering a solution.