In honor of Junesploitation, here are some genre favorites.
The Little Mermaid 2023
I want to say right up front Halle Bailey is absolutely the best thing about this movie. She's got great presence an amazing voice and her charisma almost justifies its existence. But why lord why is this movie SO LONG. I am baffled by this extra fleshing out of stuff that just DOES NOT MATTER. I've never needed Prince Eric backstory, the new songs are largely duds (though little kids LOVE the Scuttlebutt [mine have listened to it dozens of times] so I get it) and Marshall's general style is just so meandering. Also the opening quote is baffling. Does he think this is a drama?
You want to talk about depictions of exploitation? It doesn't get more exploitive of workers than this!
Its incredibly satisfying to watch an early work from a filmmaker you admire and see all the themes and signatures that are present in their work right there in their infancy. Such is the case with Bong's fun series of shorts that link up thematically and then eventually narratively. On display is his ability to quickly pivot in tone, his dynamic action and his skill at finding moments of absurd comedy in what otherwise would be unbearable tension.