At the movies - From the couch

A few chuckles otherwise abysmal but not on its lonesome there. Modern pop film is looking like a sewn together fabric of tik toks, and for good reason. $$$$$$$$$

Oh, I think that’s harsh.
The world building is on point.

The Barbie world? Was actually disappointed by that massively expensive design exercise. Seemed perfunctory, no magic. That said I’m the guy who would walk out at the first sniff of a dance choreography, which they helpfully announced in so meta fashion it felt like the 90’s

Aka film not for that guy, did it for the gf

I honestly loved the empty cups and the solid water.
All of that.
I watched most of the rest of it this morning.
I loved the Ken Battle song, so epic.
I really liked all of it, except for the story, which to me was just…uninteresting?

There are lots of ways that film could have gone. It could have been a fish out of water story for the whole film with Ken and Barbie trying to make it in the real world, and that would have been interesting and probably funny, but…it feels mean to criticise a film for what it chose not to be from the outset.

I laughed a Lot in this film.

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We have different taste, which is AMAAAAZING! I know. I guess I expected a lot more clever and instead got a lot of wish fulfilment and sniffing of own brand. I shouldn’t even speak on it, I’m long past peak celebrity nonsense and ‘it’ people getting branded genius. Topsy turvy world, Trump was POTUS. Etc.

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Again, I think that’s harsh.
Mattel did a lot of finger-pointing and laughing at themselves.

Not harsh, just my opinion. There’s a lot harsher out there but the criticisms I’ve read, that I agree with, observe that it’s just tedious and a bit confused in its identity. Also a general resigned amazement that we’re at a time in human civilisation where it’s the biggest phenomenon on the planet. Where’s that black skivvy arthouse film thread gone?

I also think the new Top Gun and Mission Impossible are utter trash too, and I do like a good popcorn film.

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I’m not saying you can’t have an opinion, I’m saying I disagree with it.
I don’t mind meta, in fact I like it a lot. The Deadpool films are a good example of that. The Big Short.
If you don’t then you don’t and that’s fine.

I, too, prefer A24 films, but I thought I’d check out the phenomenon and while I believe the film has issues, I still preferred it to the ‘other’ one. Easily.

And I thank you for that allowance. I disagree that I’m being harsh is what I said. And I like Deadpool too, I just found the self aware 4th wall schtick in Barbie on the nose and way too pleased with itself, and also dated.

We won’t agree on this. I thought it was mostly just bad, that’s it. Like Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, and wide ankle pants on 20 something men with moustaches. I’m old and irrelevant.

While the other one is the better film for mine, the thing that depressed me most of all was that for a long period there were only two films in the universe. Neither deserved anything close to that hype and it was manufactured by a dying giant of an industry. Venice has just thrown up several films worth at least a look. Film is healthy enough in some countries

Pop culture gonna pop culture, and I’m not exactly surprised to see a film with (what was marketed to be) end of the world vibes concurrently with (what was marketed to be) pure escapism find huge success in these troubled times.
To an extent they both subverted expectations.

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True enough. And money gonna money.

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Studio exec: Oh, money! That’s that stuff I like!

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As long as the writers start losing their houses and have to crawl back to the studios on bended knee.

If that exec were to be hauled out of his house and tarred and feathered, then I wouldn’t be making strident cries of outrage.

Over the Barbie movie?
Seems an overreaction…

Mrs S and I went and saw Past Lives recently. I really liked it; Mrs S thought it was dull. It’s about a Korean boy and girl who are best friends, until at age 11 or so she goes off to Canada with her family, while he stays in Korea, in Seoul. Twenty years later they reconnect through Facebook and he comes to New York, where she’s now living, to see her. She’s a playwright struggling to get noticed and she’s married. He’s an engineer with a girlfriend but is currently on a break from her. There’s a lot of talk and a lot of silence. Mrs S is right in one way; very little actually happens; but I found it very intense and highly involving.

The director is Celine Song, who’s written plays, but this is her first film. The actress who plays Nora, the American name of the Korean girl, is stunningly beautiful; her name is Greta Lee, and she’s very good. The Korean boy is played by Teo Yoo, who’s also very good-looking and acts well.

I would highly recommend it, but many will have the same reaction as Mrs S. It was a hit at Sundance, which may mean something to some Blitzers but is no sort of recommendation to me.


Yeah just needed a little less of the father lost daughter thing and little more I’m a dinosaur gonna tear ya face off. Then it would have been awesome.


Whilst I didn’t cry when watching it, the final scene where Doughboy tips out his beer and walks back to his house, then the epilogue…makes you realise that none of the chaos ends when the movie does.

The really sad part for me is, imagine for a second that all those people in the movie are white, or Australian. You’d think, ok, this isn’t really happening anywhere…. Insert African Americans and it’s easy to think that this really happened(s).


Rambo 2 followed by Rambo 3 on tv
I can’t help it I love these movies.