Category: i do movies badly

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I Do Movies Badly: Mother

“Dedicated propagandist” Vsevolod Pudovkin introduces us to the plight of the poor and working class with Mother, a film that reminds us all that the phrase “eat the rich” was not a contemporary idea. 

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I Do Movies Badly: Battleship Potemkin

It’s back to film school with the discussion of Battleship Potemkin, a film that is almost 100 years old, yet pioneered many cinematic techniques that we’re still seeing implemented regularly today (Montage! Invisible edits! Romanticizing a country’s troubling history!). It’s both an effective...

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I Do Movies Badly: The Rhythm Section

Reed Morano month(s) goes out with a whimper instead of a bang. From box office receipts to tepid creativity, there is no way to describe The Rhythm Section other than a disappointment.  Reminder that I’m taking a hiatus for March but I’ll be...

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I Do Movies Badly: The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins would have already been a great film thanks to the script from Mark Heyman and director Craig Johnson but it’s accentuated by the indelible mark that Reed Morano leaves on it with her emotionally evocative camerawork and lighting.

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I Do Movies Badly: Meadowland

Reed Morano’s directorial debut is an immersive emotional journey into grief and pain, realized wonderfully by how the director/DP uses her camera. But emotion over logic doesn’t always lead to satisfying conclusions.

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I Do Movies Badly: Dans Paris

In this final episode of 2019, Jim talks a little bit about Dans Paris (not a fan), but mostly uses it to wax poetic about Christmas and how his life has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Merry Christmas, Happy...

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I Do Movies Badly: Rare Exports

It would be easy to assume that Rare Exports is just a dark and cynical twist on the Christmas symbolism of which many people have grown sick, but that wouldn’t do justice to the fine line that writer/director Jalmari Helander straddles between...