Not to flog a dead horse, but bring back Eadweard Muybridge's deleted titles!
The String Theory of Motion Pictures
This animated short film, “Muybridge’s Strings,” from Kōji Yamamura, whose “Mt. Head” (2022) was nominated for an Oscar, definitely benefits from the viewer already having some knowledge of the life of and contributions to the invention of motion pictures by Eadweard Muybridge and by the viewer having some tolerance for artsy abstract cartoons. Given my interest in so-called “pre-cinema” history and that I’ve read various books and essays on Muybridge and countless other texts…
Peeling Beneath the Zoopraxiscope
An ode to the chronophotography and motion picture exhibition explicitly and otherwise of the likes of Eadweard Muybridge was enough to win me over. I haven’t seen such a fictionalized spectacle of a mainstream love letter to early (or “pre-”) cinema since “Hugo” (2011). I’m practically obliged to rate it highly.
So what if it muddles up, or “mythologizes,” film history. I mean, even if that is a black rider on the horse in that real…
The Expendable Franchise
Does this count on the lee side as a Christmas movie? Not to get into a barney of row over it, but I find these “Expendables” burgers to be a barney, as in a romp. It’s a four-oible of mine, I’m sure. I’ve actually seen the prior three installments, not that I could tell you the difference between them. Although, this fourth installment appears to be more of the Jason Statham show, as there's less star power…
Darkly-lit digital de-aged, CGI-bloated, generically-scripted, geriatrically-acted, and slapdash-edited soulless cash grab of another Indiana Jones sequel. The MacGuffin rather reflexively matches the production, though, in that it’s a flimsy time-travel device for call-backs to and retconing of beloved history, whether the era of the Moon landing, WWII, the Siege of Syracuse, or the Indiana Jones franchise when it was enjoyed and made money. Although, come to think of it, so is the entire Indiana Jones premise of stealing…
I’m going to review this documentary, “Exposing Muybridge,” but, first and on a related note that I’ll tie into the review, I’m going to piss and moan a bit more about the deletion of all Eadweard Muybridge titles and with the fear of more early motion pictures being deleted on TMDB, the movie database website that Letterboxd unfortunately relies upon. I’ve had one conversation with a rude moderator at the website, but otherwise TMDB has been unresponsive on…
Premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival and streamed on Netflix in December, so who knows which month’s side this movie is on.
Seriously, though, “May December” will surely be on my best of the year list when I belatedly make such a ranking sometime between May and December of the next year, long past the time most people care about such a thing. It wouldn’t be included if the picture were obtusely taken at face value…