Episode 682: Movies About Confinement

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  1. Yonah Paley says:

    It’s not often that I flat out disagree with the show about a movie, but I will defend “Downsizing” tooth and nail.

    With the exception of some narrative problems (mostly toward the third act of the film), “Downsizing” is an incredibly humanistic and bold social commentary that is among Alexander Payne’s best work.

    It was marketed incredibly poorly (as a comedy, even though the film is not) and its initial critical drubbing may see it confined to the hell of forgotten movies. But “Downsizing” is a highly insightful and ambitious film that stands among the most underrated of the 2010s.

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    Juliette Binoche’s character is not the one in an X-Men type movie. That’s Chloe Grace Moretz. Binoche is scoffing at what she regards as trash, while Kristen Stewart (in the one performance by her I appreciate) is arguing that Moretz is finding something within the dreck. At the end of the film though, I think Binoche agrees to be in some sort of genre movie being directed by Brady Corbet.

  3. bob says:

    What, no love for CUBE? While, yes, the actors leave the room they’re in, they are still in the larger Cube – but also, in a meta-isolation joke – every scene is shot in the same set (just the lighting changed). So it’s even more isolated than you think! 😉

    Cube is the best, obviously, the sequel is simply a glossy remake (but is still entertaining). The prequel Cube Zero is weirder, and takes place in 2 locations (split narrative), but not as good. All are currently available on Amazon Prime (i think), Vudu (for free, with ads), etc.

    and if you dare say you haven’t seen Cube, please make time for it. It’s such a wonderful independent horror-ish movie, populated by Canadian All-Stars

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