Fun, funny, expository, soft, offbeat, “offbeat”, David Cross!
The best choreography in a musical film, hands down. I mean, whaddya expect?! Though we’re constantly winding through Berlin it feels as though we are sitting in the KitKatClub for the entire runtime. Candles mimic bright spotlights in the distance. Minnelli always glows. Then, Fosse reminds us that there is no difference—we are reflected on the screen, in all our ugliness and beauty, our hatred and indifference, our complacency. Who do we sit next to and why do we let them stay?
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom 1975
I think there is definitely artistic integrity in Saló, and I respect Pasolini for having such an uncompromising vision for the film, but although the fascist power struggle being depicted between ruler and subject is thought-provoking, it feels like it’s not the most effective way of suggesting change. People who go into this film hating fascism [like me :)] will walk out of the theater still hating fascism. People who believe in fascism will, I assume, just think the allegory…
Boogie Nights 1997
This movie saved my marriage.
with (unplanned) Q&A w/ Paul Thomas Anderson preceding the screening