Andrew Parker. Flouting conventional wisdom, Fassbinder stages scene after scene against a blank white wall as characters shuffle back and forth and almost disappear into the blinding haze. Christopher Long. Love Is Colder Than Death is heavily abstracted, with the characters more like models in a fashion layout than people in a story.
Noel Murray. The attitudinizing New Wave thriller is turned into narcotized tableaux. Fernando F. This film is too stylized and protracted to interest the average crime-movie fan. It's recommended only for Fassbinder completists. Robert Pardi. Dennis Schwartz. These disquieting moments evoke a strange and complex sexual relationship between the film's characters bound to end in ravishing betrayals.
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Ulli Lommel as Bruno. Ursula Straetz. Even innocent Shigehiko confesses to a fear of women, born in part from his dead mother, whose absence failed to prepare him for healthy relationships with the opposite sex. Shigehiko brings home a girl, and Aoyama cheers him on as one might an athlete making a score—a punchline that feels cute and characteristic of the jokes of many American or Japanese rom-coms but becomes retroactively sinister. In the audition process, an exploitation that Miike ironically stages with the cheeriness of a broad comedy, Aoyama becomes quickly stuck on Asami Eihi Shiina , a young woman who conforms so perfectly to a Japanese ideal of subservience as to seem deranged from the outset.
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Aoyama is so determined to see Asami in a particular way as a reflection of his own pain that he misses her personal agency, overlooking her in the way that men in this film habitually overlook women. What Aoyama fails to see in Asami is a chasm of alienation and madness, fostered by the abuse of men, which far exceeds his understanding and experience, and which is expressed by her intelligent yet somewhat affectless eyes and coiled, wiry frame.
Miike also understands that men pay for their sexism, as this is a source of their feelings of hollowness. When Asami paralyzes Aoyama and sticks him with acupuncture pins and saws his foot off with fine wire, actions which Miike stages with a galvanizing calmness, she traumatizes him while providing him with a perverse catharsis. But this interpretation is complicated by several slips in time and perspective. In these sequences, Miike renders a free-associative vortex of male neuroses, in which women become interchangeable harbingers of longing and pain.
As Audition progresses toward its no-exit finale, Miike gradually informs its atmosphere with the aura of a horror noir, and so the film grows sicker and more neurotic before our eyes. Later, when the phone finally rings, her lips curl into a blood-freezing smile. Restaurants and alleyways go from being white and sterile to shadowy and inflamed with redness, as Aoyama begins to envision—or hallucinate—fleeting scenes of Grand Guignol atrocity. Weird, stylish, and surprisingly lyrical, Ant-Man , Iron Man 3 , and Doctor Strange attest to the benefits of the old Hollywood-style studio system that Marvel has resurrected: Under the umbrella of structure and quota is security, which can bequeath qualified freedom.
Chuck Bowen. Nick Schager. Upgraded with the latest CGI hardware but also more shoddy screenwriting software than its system can withstand, Iron Man 2 is an example of subtraction by addition. As another of the character-introducing MCU stories existing mostly to feed new superheroes into the Avengers series, Captain Marvel looks like something of a trial run.
Chris Barsanti. Elsewhere, bona fide celebs like Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Natalie Portman are reduced to glorified extras. Keith Uhlich. What is this, a crossover episode? After 18 films, the overlords at Marvel Studios have gathered almost all of their indentured servants, er, star-studded stable together into the ever-crashing, ever-booming, and ever-banging extravaganza Avengers: Infinity War. The film is all manic monotony.
Strange thing to say about a film featuring Peter Dinklage as the tallest dwarf in the universe.
With some notable exceptions, Marvel Studios-produced films usually plateau at a glossy but totally indistinct level of mediocrity, and Thor continues the trend of weakly jumpstarting a franchise based on a Marvel comic with an adequate but instantly forgettable origin story. Simon Abrams. The growing relationship between Romanoff and Banner is the tender heart of Age of Ultron , and Whedon clearly thrills in the cheesy but heartfelt melodrama that builds between them. Unfortunately, as the film has approximately another half-dozen or so plotlines to tend to, this section of the story barely makes up a sixth of the narrative.
Chris Cabin. An early shot introduces year-old pageant hopeful Harlow Miss Philadelphia walking through a crowd of people, angular features instantly setting her apart from the rest and establishing her star potential. A juxtaposition of a different kind emerges as the queens are shown donning their eveningwear; one of the larger competitors struggles to pull a bra down over her natural plumage, while another rail-thin girl next to her tapes her pecs together to force cleavage. Meanwhile, another muses that gay men are attracted to other men, which tends to make dating difficult for drag queens, an argument that has resurfaced season in and season out on Drag Race.
The urge to approach The Queen in as a measure by which our culture has come since before Stonewall is probably unavoidable, given the considerable gains the LGBTQ community has made in just a generation and a half, and has already emerged in the number of new reviews quoting contemporaneous criticism the film received back in the day, most of them either detachedly impressed or reflexively condescending.
T hough it reacts to the death of a single person rather than those of millions, Spider-Man: Far from Home more acutely portrays the lingering aftershocks of grief than Avengers: Endgame. Much of this film finds Peter Parker Tom Holland mourning the loss of mentor and surrogate father figure Tony Stark and struggling to live up to his legacy. Peter, now back from the dead, is drained and in need of a break, which he hopes to get in the form of a school trip to Europe. Determined to leave hero work behind for a few weeks while seeing sights and working up the nerve to confess his romantic feelings to MJ Zendaya , he desperately clings to the hope of simply enjoying life.
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Of course, fate has other plans, and soon Nick Fury Samuel L. Mysterio Jake Gyllenhaal , a technologically advanced caped crusader who claims to be from a destroyed alternate Earth.
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Like Spider-Man: Homecoming , Far from Home can look tacky at times, with its actors standing out garishly against visibly fake computer-generated backgrounds and effects that verge on the cartoonish. As Peter punches stone columns he believes to be Mysterio, dropped in and out of abysses, and even dog-piled by duplicates of himself, the scene marks perhaps the first moment in the entire MCU to fully, almost expressionistically, embrace the limitless possibilities of malleable comic-book action.
It all suggests that the next phase of the MCU may be less cynical and more emotionally resonant than the prior one. The film masterfully builds itself around the inevitability of a mass terror, aligning our foreknowledge of that with the anxiety felt by the main character, Dani Florence Pugh , in the wake of a recent family tragedy. Aster plays their cringeworthy behavior for laughs, but the jokes never feel frivolous. Dani received a pity invite to join the group from Christian, a narcissist whose fragile ego prevents him from being honest with her or anybody else.
These are piercing screams that are rooted in unbearable emotional pain rather than overwhelming terror. Shot, as Hereditary was, by Pawel Pogorzelski, the burningly bright imagery of Midsommar is as beautiful as it is distressing. Although methodical in his approach to pacing and structure, Aster is interested in extremities—visually, physically, and emotionally—and knows just when to deploy one to enhance another.
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