Mar
17

BMFcast367 – Ricochet – Clown Life

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Ricochet (1991) welcomes Denzel Washington to the show! He’s a cop/D.A. who is pursued by a pathologically obsessed John Lithgow in an utterly baffling ’90s thriller. Ice-T is a gang leader who might help Denzel and Jesse Ventura appears to make this a March To Wrestlemania tie-in, of course.

In the second half Harlo & Maki discuss Get Out (2017) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) while BJ gives his thoughts on I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017). Enjoy!

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Categories : 90s, Ice-T, Podcast, Reviews

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  1. Straight Out of Tijuana says:

    Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

    Good stuff.

    We grew up with Mad Monster Party and Willie McBean, and we thought those were great. Kids nowadays have no idea how good they have it.
    We are living in a Golden Age.

    Proof enough that movies do not have to be limited concept, remakes or theatrical versions of TV shows. Incredible Bone Giant puppet and animation.

    WOW.

    Highly recommended.

    Moana (2016)

    Moana is a perfectly fine movie.

    A blend of themes recycled from The Little Mermaid (a sea princess yearns for land, in Moana a land princess years for the sea,) and Princess Mononoke…
    But that is where the problem lies. Where Mononoke is a high quality, entertaining, earnest, honest fable, Moana is so watered down that unless you can trace the steps back to Mononoke you may not even realize that once there was a(n environmental) message somewhere under there.

    There is nothing wrong with Mermaid and Lion King if considered merely as films, and yet as cultural artifacts they cannot but be considered insults to their Andersen and Shakespearean origins. Moana is also a bit like that.

    Disney has told us that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down… But what of when you swallow the sugar and you realize that there wasn’t any beneficial medicine (or even any sort of nutritional value,) in there?

    Where Mononoke tells us what is at stake (Ashitaka gets a disease he will die of, several gods DIE, including one BIG one,) and why (human greed, industrialization) and that there are no easy answers (humans will not stop the processes of their industry, regardless, they must do what they must to survive.)

    Moana gives us a magical problem (a magic stone is stolen) and a magical solution (the stone needs to be returned.)

    Nothing meaningful is at stake* (one of the characters is a superhuman, invincible shape shifter, the other protected by the magical Sea and a magical grandmother, and can take on a gigantic lava demon alone on a raft with no consequence, or price to pay,) and there is a solution but it ultimately has no meaning.

    Rendering is beautiful. At point it replicates the live action, animation blends of old (it’s ALL animated however.) The setting of a pre-industrial Pacific Island culture is a natural, specifically to make a point about the clash of cultures, or even about moving on from an edenic existence… Then it doesn’t go anywhere.

    I’m sure some will take empty calories and not care: While some of us went to Art Cinemas to watch Mononoke, others were turning Episode I into one of the highest grossing films ever… And they never even knew the difference.

    So watch Moana, sure.

    It’s fine.

    But at least do not skip on watching Mononoke if you have not. Watch that one first.

    *There is a disease on the island… But no true meaning is assigned to it.

    Zootopia (2016)

    A post-human, speaking animal allegory: A poor man’s comedic Maus, if you will.
    It doesn’t even qualify as Science Fiction. I thought it might, as it might have delved into just exactly how it is that animals became intelligent, or that humans disappeared (sort of a sequel to Peace on Earth (1939))… But it doesn’t.

    It does however touch on borderline racial aspects, but also issues of violence and de-evolution, which seemed extremely familiar, as it seemed to me, while I was watching it that there were many movies which do the same.
    How many police procedural, SF movies feature an illegal street drug that causes its users to turn violent and (self-)destructive?

    But then it struck me, this movie is basically a remake of We’re Back: A Dinosaur Story.
    That one however is an out and out fantasy with pseudo Science Fictional components… Zootopia doesn’t even bother with it. It never even properly addresses any sort or realistic portrayal of predators/preys which is ostensibly what the movie is supposed to be all about.

    So, a nice movie, but also extremely familiar and predictable, with no ‘surprises’ whatsoever…
    Watch it on a night were you are in the mood for something undemanding.

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