BP Movie Journal 12/29/22
In BP Movie Journal 12/29/22, David discusses the movies he’s been watching, including The Pale Blue Eye, Close, EO, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, She Said, Kimi, The Fabelmans, The Banshees of Inisherin, Wendell & Wild, The African Desperate, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Nanny, Both Sides of the Blade, TÁR, The Whale, White Noise and Dos Estaciones.
Movies discussed in BP Movie Journal 12/29/22:
The Pale Blue Eye
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
The Banshees of Inisherin
Wendell & Wild
The African Desperate
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Both Sides of the Blade
Battleship Pretension is a movie discussion podcast started in 2007 by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Since then, we’ve done live comedy shows, written reviews, commentaries and more.
Battleship Pretension is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laidback, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being a destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, independent, studio pictures, theatrical, home video releases, etc. From its meager beginnings in Los Angeles, Battleship Pretension has amassed a worldwide audience and readership. From Germany to Korea to Australia, people have tuned in to share in Tyler and David’s love of film. As Battleship Pretension’s following continues to grow, the purpose remains the same: Reach out to the international cinephile community, invite them to join in the discussion and perhaps even start one of their own.
I never liked American Beauty, but I did like The Whale (even if not to the same extent as Tar). I’m willing to accept those characters in that situation saying what they feel more than I could accept the characters of White Noise speaking like literary prose (and I’m surprised you forgot that it was Hitler rather than Nazi studies given the Elvis/Hitler childhood focus of the dueling lectures). Maybe that works on the page, but I think it should have stayed there. Theater is a closer medium to film, so The Whale being stagey doesn’t drag it down that much. When Yorgos Lanthismos characters speak non-naturalistically it’s more consistently funny and seems deliberate rather than a failure to lift already existing writing off the page.
You could do a future episode on AI and its future impact on film. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but Meta and Google over have revealed their text-to-video generator AI. If you have kept track of text-to-image generation AIs over the past half decade they’ve gone from producing images which look like they were painted by Picasso to images that look like they were painted by Rembrandt. Following the same progression this is going to change the way we produce moving images before the end of the decade!
I have an optimistic outlook on this development. This is going to drive down the cost of filmmaking and open more people up to producing their own motion pictures.