What in the Spencer's Gifts? (positive)
A documentary of this scope, length and nature runs into challenges, perhaps foremost any meaningful purpose beyond a video catalog of notable 80s horror. Luckily, I think the year-rundowns being broken up by thematic discussions (the final girl, excess, score, sound design, franchises, preservation, etc.) and the 80s films being contextualized by older films, non-genre films and modern films help make this a meaningful statement of the decade in film history. God bless those who watch this all at once:…
Objective me: It exists. It's fine.
Nerd me: But Iron Man has no powers so how can he lose them? Couldn't these adolescent savants just make a suit that works to replace the Mark whichever-number? And Hulk's power is the Hulking Out but when he loses his power, he doesn't become Bruce Banner? And does this Spider-Man have organic web shooters or homemade web shooters? Because they pretend all he can do is stick to things. And if Thor loses…
It's Lynchian in all the best ways and perhaps a perfect movie. Unlike Lost Highway, where the surrealism is surface level, Mulholland Drive's surrealism is simultaneously the character's surface reality and a vehicle to reveal the artifice of cinema and dreams. I love how the acting style shifts in the third act, I love Silencio, I love the audition scenes, I love Naomi Watts and Justin Theroux in this, I love the color blue, and I love how it plays…