Episode 569: Through the Cracks 2017

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  1. Lee says:

    So there can never be a film just about white people? in a country thats 77% white?

    no i’m not one of those racist baiters i’m fine with anyone being in anything, your thoughts on Walking Out just seem a little ridiculous.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      My “thoughts on Walking Out” were that I loved the movie. I only mentioned the relative lack of Native characters in comparison to the Smiths’ previous two films. The fact that you latched onto that brief aside is suspiciously reactionary and you are the one who seems ridiculous.

      – David

  2. Yonah Paley says:

    Great episode! I do agree that 2017 wasn’t the strongest movie year, though I think the best films of this year are tremendous. There just wasn’t the quantity that other years have had.

    Speaking of “through the cracks,” there is an excellent Hungarian film from this past year called “1945.” It’s about a small village in post-Holocaust Hungary, and the drama that unfolds when two Orthodox Jews arrive by train. Really powerful, little movie that almost nobody saw. For some reason, my local art house in New Jersey was screening this.

    • Alexander Miller says:

      I’ve had 1945 on my watchlist for a while now, glad to hear to positive feedback on that, another lesser seen European war film that looks good is Paradise by Andrei Konchalovsky, can’t seem to find it anywhere but I like Konchalovsky and hope to find his latest soon!

  3. Ryan says:

    I guess I’m not convinced that your premise. Are there really people bashing all previous Marvel movies while lauding Black Panther as a masterpiece? And did those very same people do that before with other Marvel movies? Seems hard to believe. I’d more readily buy that non-Marvel fans occasionally find a singular Marvel that they love, and tweeting about it or whatever.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Maybe that’s what it is but the continual assertions that each Marvel movie is “the first Marvel movie that’s yada-yada” makes me roll my eyes.

      – David

  4. Ace McJackson says:

    quick suggestion…maybe you could pin the latest BP episode as a sticky at the top of your home page feed? I know there’s a lot of other stuff in the fleet but BP is the flagship, and even after one day the latest episode gets pretty hard to find.

    about The Revenant…I agree that the cinematography, despite being gorgeous, is kind of a problem. Every damn scene looks like National Geographic or an Ansel Adams photo or something. Where are the shitty, nondescript Blair Witch-style woods? I think you need some of that. When everything is beautiful, after a while none of it stands out or matters. It’s like a movie taking place in NYC where every scene is at a landmark…guy drives over the Brooklyn Bridge to meet someone at Rockefeller ice rink, then they walk in Central Park, end up at the John Lennon hotel, etc. The Revenant was like a natural version of that, distracting and doesn’t serve the story. Side note, a decent little horror thriller also from 2015 with a better-handled bear attack (really quite terrifying) is Backcountry, worth seeing.

    I would also name Thelma as a personal “between the cracks” movie. Its only fault is timing; we’ve had The Witch, It Follows and quite a few very good coming-of-age horror movies recently. I think Thelma is therefore seen as just another one of those, when it’s actually maybe the best of them…it really got under my skin

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Hovering over “Podcasts” at the top of the page will give you a dropdown where you can go directly to all episodes of either Battleship Pretension or the BP Movie Journal. Or, for that matter, any of the other fine podcasts in the fleet!

      I love your NYC landmarks comparison for The Revenant. That’s perfect.

      – David

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