Bits!

13 Apr

Quick Check-In:

  • I’m seeing the Animated Shorts collection tonight at the Enzian. Shorts are ALWAYS a wonderful grab bag, ranging from ‘meh’ to ‘GOOD LORD’ so I am really looking forward to that.
  • Last night I watched a real treat-  Hush. It’s by the same writer/director as Oculus, which I reviewed in a bit a few months ago and while that had some nice things going on for it, ultimately I didn’t care for it. Hush is a completely different animal – this might be my new favorite horror movie! I want to do a whole review on it but I’ll just let you know the premise: a deaf female horror writer has moved to an isolated cabin. Her idyllic routine is upset when a sadist appears and begins a sick game of cat-and-mouse. The tension is so thick and tight that it had me in knots! Well-acted, brilliant use of space, lighting, and pacing, and a lead actress who is intensely charismatic while never saying a word. It could have been incredibly stupid and exploitative but instead it’s just masterful. If you’re a fan of horror thrillers YOU WILL BE PLEASED.
  • The Doctor Strange trailer has dropped and it’s SO THRILLING!

I really, really can’t wait. I love the Marvel films in general but this one looks ESPECIALLY up my alley! I love occult stuff. I’m aware of the controversy of the film containing a lot of Asian mysticism while being mysteriously bereft of Asian people and that makes me sad, but I feel like that is a bigger conversation for another day*. Still, it looks AWESOME. I love Doctor Orpheus from the Venture Bros., who acts as a parody of Doctor Strange, but I can’t wait to see the real thing in action. Also Benedict Cumberbatch’s fruity magic bathrobe is magnificent and I can’t wait to see him waving his hands around shouting things. His costume is beautiful and I want one. Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, huge galactic imagery, cities turned upside down – they need to stop reading my diary.

doctorstrange

GO MAGIC BATHROBES, GO!!!!

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’m taking notes on everything I see through the Florida Film Festival and will publish a big post about it next week.

Have a great day!

*If you are interested in this controversy, the Nerds of Color have posted about it. The comments going on below the post are VERY helpful for understanding.

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5 Responses to “Bits!”

  1. Nicholas C. Rossis April 13, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    I, too, could go for a magic wardrobe!

  2. patricksponaugle April 14, 2016 at 6:53 am #

    The Strange trailer was pretty awesome, and I loved the look of Strange in his Astral form. I look forward to your post about asian mysticism without asians.

    • jennnanigans April 14, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Indeed! If you’re going to have a character with such an emphasis on hands, you go with an actor whose hands have their own following. I’m not making that up, it’s fascinating!
      Heh, I am looking forward to that too, although I’ll have to do some research. And I’m sure the Nerds of Color can unpack that discussion WAY better than I could!

    • jennnanigans April 14, 2016 at 11:45 am #

      Success! The Nerds of Color have posted about this – the post itself doesn’t unpack much but the comments are SUPER informative.

      https://thenerdsofcolor.org/2016/04/13/tilda-swinton-teaches-doctor-strange-the-mystical-asian-stuff/

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