AnarchAngel (anarchangel23) wrote,

Coming to America

As usual, my trans-pacific flight was a chance to watch a bunch o the movies I've missed recently. It had been a while since I've flown Qantas and they haven't really kept up with in-flight entertainment game, at least on this 777. Compared to Virgin, their screens are smaller, selection much more restricted, and interface clunkier and more primitive.

I started with In Time a fun sci-fi movie exploring the logical extension of the capitalist system in a future in which time/lifespan is a commodity. The cinematography, set design and props gave it a strong 70s sci-fi vibe, especially the cars, which was cute. I found the film quite enjoyable, but after a good start, it pretty much turned into a chase movie. It could have done something more interesting at the finish.

Tintin did a great job at capturing the feel of the comics as I remember them, as well as being a great movie and visual spectacle in its own right. I would have liked to have seen it in 3D to get the full effect, but you could certainly tell from the 2D version that certain shots were set up to exploit the technology.

I haven't yet decided whether Inglourious Basterds was intentionally or unintentionally equating Jewish revenge fantasy with the activities of Nazi Germany. The parallelism between the initial farmhouse scene (Lando and the french farmer) and the later forest interrogation scene (Raine and the German officer) was striking in the way it set up Raine and Lando as equivalent but with the American less skilled than the German. The equivalence between the two is reinforced later in two scenes with Bridget von Hammersmark: with Raine in the makeshift infirmary and with Lando in Emmanuelle Mimieux's office. The development of the only two characters to get any was also interesting in this regard: Zoller and Shosanna, and their final scene was one of the best in the film.

While I'm on the fence about the movie's stance in that regard, it was the film's typically Tarrantino moments that killed it for me. At it's best, Tarrantino's dialogue is witty, fast-paced and memorable: here, it felt dull, laboured and indulgent. I remember feeling the same about Kill Bill 2, for which reason, I haven't seen it since its theatrical release. By the same token, Tarratino's love of oblique film references can be clever and delightful, but his touch is too heavy in Inglourious Basterds. Lengthy, indulgent and masturbatory. It was like being beaten about the heat with a encyclopaedia volume entitled What Tarratino Knows About Cinema.

I watched 60-70% of The Ides of March before the archaic Qantas system was turned off for landing. I liked what I saw. Gosling does a pretty good "intense guy on the edge".
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