The first two-thirds of His House are so perfect and so good that it's a shame that the last act is muddled to the point of making the film somewhat indecipherable. Also the last act gets way too trigger happy with special effects which don't have anywhere near the impact of the really simple scares of the first 45 minutes. Still, there is a lot of potential shown here and I like the way teh film explores how nativism and nationalism can be universal and be enacted by people we sometimes least suspect. I look forward to seeing Remi Weeks next film.
Bond Marathon: Dr No
Shocked at how much I loved this. HAven't settled on a star rating yet but am tempted to go the full five. This is less a Bond film and more an old school spy thriller that feels kind of like a Hitchcock film. I love how practical the film feels and that tarantula scene is one for the ages. I love how Connery manically beats the shit out of the tarantula after catching it. He doesn't…
I was so bowled over the first time that there were details I missed. Mainly how much about grief this film really is. And how much Fern's journey isn't just about working but about how it's saying goodbye to her husband. Frances McDormand easily gives the performance of her career in this. McDormand is good at playing lively characters and here she's called on to be so still. To just exist on screen. To blend into the background. McDormand's acting…
On a second viewing this popped for me more. I'm still not sure the romantic comedy subplot works but Mulligan commits and really nails it. And the film is even more queasy and harder to watch on a second viewing. One thing: The film casts likable heroes from these teenybopper properties that we all loved. And it casts them, for the most part, as despicable people. I think there is commentary here saying that some of these films we loved were more problematic than we thought.