The Cast of Cthulhu: Monsters
Is Gareth Edwards’ directorial debut Lovecraftian? Not in the slightest! Did the 6-person crew have a shooting script? Absolutely not! Do the effects, direction, and performances still hold up after 12 years? You betcha!
Entirely improvised and largely featuring locals and non-professional actors, Monsters may leave Lovecraft fans yearning for more nihilism or existential madness, but the love story with monsters as window dressing is a testament to a filmmaker whose big budget studio offerings haven’t served him as well.
Jump to 15:18 to avoid a discussion on why The Book of Boba Fett is bad and to 29:18 if you have no interest in hearing about AEW Revolution.
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Rogue One was the only worthwhile Disney Star Wars film I saw (which admittedly doesn’t include Solo or Rise of Skywalker). I didn’t like his Godzilla movie much though.
The book Starship Troopers is not fascist. It’s radically globalist, even universalist. The last chapter of the book is about an attempt to communicate with the aliens (with whom morality is explicitly taught to potentially include in the future) to negotiate over POWs, which was the very issue that led to the world-order of the book. This is not to say I think the book is particularly good though. I reviewed it here: