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2017-09-04 07:40 pm (UTC)
I think I'd like to see
, (I thought it was a different movie--
(1987), but when I realized it wasn't, I was able to discover the correct name of that second movie, which I'd seen), and a couple of others as well.
I enjoyed everything I saw at this marathon with the possible exception of
Trouble Every Day
and even then I didn't hate it, I didn't want my money or my hour and a half back, I just have trouble seeing what it's doing beyond the obvious because the obvious does not seem very illuminating of the setup.
Trouble Every Day
, what about the possibility that it's just not a very well-conceived film?
It's always possible! I've certainly seen well-produced, well-acted movies fall apart thematically. This one just doesn't feel like that, which is why I think it keeps itching at me: it feels like the writer-director had an idea of how it all went together and what it meant to itself, it just wasn't readily accessible to me. I don't know if it would have been easier to parse if I had ever seen anything else by Claire Denis. I don't tend to wonder that about movies that visibly had no clue.
(I considered whether I am giving the film too much benefit of the doubt just because someone at the archive liked it enough to program it for a marathon, but I don't think so. There was that year the entire marathon was late-career Joan Crawford. They program a lot of things I am fine with not liking.)
I like the idea of an actor named "Galaxy Craze," and the high-contrast tending-to-pixilation cinematography in
sounds visual intriguing.
Galaxy Craze, whoever she is, was great. That whole cast was solid: it could have fallen to bits if any of the actors broke the tone and none of them did. I could have dialed back the Pixelvision a little—there were a few scenes it obscured rather than enhanced for me—but on the whole it worked for me.
was the film I had heard least about going in and possibly the film I came out having enjoyed the most. It was a strong lineup; it's a tough call.
All in all, sounds like it was a good marathon!
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