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I just saw this movie after recently rewatching Taxi Driver which I think really colored my opinion of the movie. It is so blatantly obvious how badly this movie wants to be a new generation's version of Taxi Driver, but it has a fraction of the depth of Scorcese's movie. I'd say at least 50% of Joker's scenes are lifted straight from that movie, but the Joker here is so poorly characterized that all of those scenes just seem like cheap imitation knock offs. Joaquin Phoenix does his best, but this is a completely hollow movie.
I was listening to the bald move deliberations and at one point they mentioned how they may ramp up coverage of Netflix movies because they are so accessible. One such movie in the last year was Roma, which was my favorite movie of 2018 by a lightyear and which also got 10 Oscar noms. Everything Cuaron does is spectacular, but this one was probably the one that emotionally devastated me the most. It's obviously incredibly well directed and there are innumerable breathtaking shots, but I think the performance from (first-time actor!) Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo is what really makes this movie transcendent. She is so unassuming and simultaneously so charismatic and I don't think I have been this invested in a character's plight in years. I know some people may find the first hour pretentious or overly self-indulgent, but I thought this was an incredible movie second only to Children of Men in Cuaron's career. Any chance we'll hear about it on the Bald Movies feed?
I just got a chance to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm and it was glorious! Christopher Nolan apparently has restored a bunch of the original prints and and released it in it's original form, complete with a 15 minute intermission and 3-minute blank screen musical overtures to open each half. I know it's playing at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria and at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn these next few weeks, and is playing at a few other theaters across the country that still have 70mm projectors, so if you get a chance I would recommend seeing it on the big screen!
Yea I hear you and quite honestly I never considered myself a Whedon "fan" until this conversation but it turns out I am. I guess I was just surprised by you saying that this was a step down for HBO. I feel like they've been tripling and quadrupling down on dour, humorless dramas recently which I guess you can say is a byproduct of our times.
I'm not ready to say already say Whedon's show will be spectacular already but I do think it could be a breath of fresh air.