BP Movie Journal 7/2/20

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    The U.S had a legally explicit racial caste system, and European immigrants always qualified as white. There wasn’t necessarily equality among groups of white people, but they still qualified as white.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Well, as we’re seeing en masse right now, the facts and how Americans behave are not always the same thing.

      – David

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    Zahler is known for the extremity of his films, but I think there’s an undercurrent of moralism in them. The thing I would emphasize in Dragged Across Concrete is not simply that another character is basically “the hero”, but that Mel Gibson’s character’s downfall would have been avoidable if not for a part of his character which he would perceive as a virtue (something Tory Kittles’ character finds incomprehensible). And the terrible thing you mention happened in the middle of the movie was also avoidable if he had prioritized doing the right thing rather than the thing in his own self-interest. Vince Vaughn’s character isn’t as bad a guy, and objects to the decision his partner makes, but out of his misguided sense of loyalty he ultimately goes along and that determines everyone’s fate.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Yeah, I agree with all of this but I avoided getting into things like the character’s downfall–which is one of the most crucial moments in the whole movie, thematically–because of spoilers. I do think much of the movie is ultimately defensible but I still think it reaches too much for sympathy for racist characters (Gibson’s wife, for one) and, most importantly, there’s just too much of it that I don’t enjoy cinematically.

      – David

  3. One thing about Things To Come, which, as a film, almost repels engagement for me, despite looking pretty great, is that it isn’t really William Cameron Menzies’ Things To Come, but more properly H.G. Wells’ Things To Come. He oversaw most aspects of the production directly, and had the closest thing you could to final cut without calling it that. It’s a more than fair gaze into his mind. Sadly, not such an appealing one, for me.

  4. Matt says:

    Has David ever explained why he refuses to watch Fury Road?

    I can’t remember if it was covered in a previous episode.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      There are no movies that I refuse to watch, only movies that I haven’t seen yet. My lack of urgency toward Fury Road has a lot to do with my ever-deepening prejudice against franchises as well as the fact that I just don’t like being told what to do!

      – David

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