I'm glad that you got what I was talking about. It might've been confusing to praise a movie entirely made of special effects and then immediately transition into a blast against special effects. Of course, special effects was not what I was really discussing at all, but about visual storytelling method.
I like the idea of hard to hear dialogue in a war movie, there are other things you could do too... but there is no point. I think that this is the real problem with Dunkirk. The audience is fatigued. There isn't anything left to say. Steven Spielberg already made the perfect war movie, and even for better movies, they have been rendered unnecessary.
That might be a confusing statement and one could question why it doesn't apply to other genres... Sorry, I don't want to elaborate. That kind of segues into what I want to talk about.
A retro review of the classic? Black Swan. I think it might be Aronofsky's best made film, but I have big problems with it. The one I want to talk about is redundancy. It's fine to make a pastiche or homage film, that's Tarantino's entire career, but what I described as fatigue applied so much here. I was so bored and confused about why such specific ideas were translated into such an unoriginal film.
The oddest thing is that the film obviously deconstructs the mythos in Swan Lake, but hints at and then never develops the theme of meta commentary on voyeurism. Oddest because that is the main theme of Perfect Blue, the films primary source material. They made White Girl In The Shell, so I really don't know why they just didn't make that movie. If you take anything from this, it's that they should've just remade Perfect Blue.
It's kind of weird because that is symbolically represented in all of his movies, but never an overt theme.
There's the stalking and cult element of Pi. Television and gameshows in Requiem. The Wrestler, obviously. The meta novel framework of Fountain. The only film that doesn't have it is Noah.
That's because Aronofsky only wants to develop the theme of Qabalahist mythos, and everything else is only incidental. Most clearly in Noah. Also that movie just sucked.
Back on topic, Black Swan does have the most overt anti patriarchal theme of all of it's inspirations which I think is probably the only reason for it's success. But that brings up the main problem I have with the film, the spectacle of female sexuality and the male gaze on film...
Excuse me, I'm gonna go watch Suspiria now.
Spread out all around us is a petrified world, a world of Things, where we ourselves, our gestures, and even our feelings figure in as Things. Nothing can belong to us as truly our own in such a landscape of death. Under commodity occupation the most concrete truth about everything is the truth of it's infinite replaceablity.
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