I Do Movies Badly: Introduction to Mike Leigh (featuring Tyler Smith of Battleship Pretension)

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    The only Leigh film I’ve seen so far is Secrets & Lies. It jerked more tears from me than any actual tearjerker simply because crying is contagious and Cynthia cries all the time. It somehow manages to be a good movie even while spending that much time with such an annoying character.

    My go-to example of a miscategorized “lead” performance due to memorability is Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. His total screentime is famously short, and he really is just a supporting character in Starling’s story (he’s not even the antagonist of the film).

    I tend to think Robin Hanson is right about cynicism generally being more accurate, including the cynical take on cynicism (which would be metacynicism). A bully might have a troubled home life, but what does that actually tell you? Plenty of kids with such backgrounds don’t become bullies, and privileged kids bully as well.

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    Since you brought up “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Vulture recently ranked all of Tarantino’s movies and put that at #3 (the highest of his 21st century work):

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