What’s amazing about this from a 2022 perspective is that they made a cinematic vehicle for Weird Al that hardly contains any Weird Al songs.
Imagine that, trying to expand yourself instead of leaning into your personal brand.
Do lots of montages with snippets from Blade Runner and Metropolis and 2001 add poignancy? Meaning? Depth?
What’s the point of this? To underscore Bowie’s sci-fi aesthetic? To contextualize him within 20th century art? To show the influences on his iconography?
This is after all, more of a document of Bowie’s iconography than his artistry. Sure there’s concert footage and interviews of him saying he wants to create new sounds? How does he do that?
No time to explain because……
It brings me no joy to declare that I loathed a film generally considered to be a masterpiece. But boy did I loathe this.
Marker seems to be the celebrated cinematic incarnation of my freshman year roommate. You know the type, the prematurely cynical philosophy major who says things like "History only tastes bitter to those who expected it to be sugar coated." Or who says of censorship "it points to the absolute by hiding it - that's what religion…