THE NAZIS ARE COMING, THE NAZIS ARE COMING: Imperium, Anthropoid and The People v. Fritz Bauer


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Warning: SPOILERS
rev 1In the 1970’s Hollywood on, people were having trouble coming up with an acceptable background for villains. Critics and audiences were becoming more and more resistant to the idea that the bad guys had to be a member of a minority group.
What was a filmmaker who liked to use shorthand to create characters rather than create in-depth individual to do?
Well, George Romero gave us the living dead. Steven Spielberg gave us a shark (which is only fair since he soon took away aliens as bad guys with E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, not to return space creatures to their evil glory until War of the Worlds).
But perhaps the filmmaker we should be most grateful to is George Lucas who gave us the most villainous of all villains, the Nazi, in the Indiana Jones franchise.
After all, other than Trump supporters, who likes Nazis? Continue reading

ALL I WANT IS LOVING YOU AND MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC: Lucky Them and We Are the Best!


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lucky-themLucky Them is a movie about someone who is supposed to find someone, but doesn’t really want to find him. It’s a movie about a writer who never seems to really want to write. It’s a movie about someone making a documentary film who doesn’t really want to make one.
Now, within the context of the story and characters, all of this makes perfect sense.
At the same time, because no one wants to really do anything, then nothing really gets done. The plot never really moves forward. The story never really goes anywhere.
And it takes a very long time for none of this to happen. Continue reading