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Poor things - 3/5

A child-brained Emma Stone goes on a sex filled adventure of self-discovery.
Her performance was great, I thought the sex scenes were a bit excessive and gratuitous, and overall didn't quite hit for me.

Maybe it was missing something.

X - 4/5 on Netflix

Perfect balance of sex appeal with a driving narrative force, I'm not big on horror movies but this was done well.
Mia Goth plays two different characters, unrecognizable because of the makeup, she's great in this film.

It also has heavy themes of female empowerment through sexual liberation, so I was reminded of X although I watched it weeks ago.
Zone of Interest

EDIT: I was so affected by this movie, I wrote some stuff and posted it. But I just deleted it because, a day later, still affected, I'm not sure I was capable of adequate comment, didn't like my trying-to-be-clever tone.

So just this: I think it's as important (and in its way, as good) as Schindler's List, and I will never forget it.

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Zone of Interest

It's not much of a movie-type movie. There is no real love interest, not much real conflict, internal or external, not much of a narrative arc, the characters don't seem to grow, to change, to learn anything, etc. etc. It's just a guy and his family--wife and four kids--his house, his grounds, his greenhouse, his flower and vegetable gardens, lovingly tended to by his wife.

There are familiar bits: some curtness with the domestics; children playing, sometimes bickering; the family picnicking, splashing around in a river; some gift-giving: a fur coat, some ladies undergarments; a family dog, a dopy black canine wandering through most scenes, curious, looking for attention, his tail thumping and his nails clicking on the floor.

The guy has a horse, which he loves.

The guy runs a factory, and he is dedicated and innovative, impimenting new technologies, new efficiencies, new designs and equipment. He is recognized, by his bosses, as an exemplary manager.

The factory is right next door to his home, its walls visible from the garden, its smoke stack always active in the background. The guy's name is Rudolf Höss, and the factory is Auschwitz.

How could this have happened. How could these cultured, civilized, modern twentieth century Europeans have done this?

"I wanted to dismantle the idea of them as anomalies, as almost supernatural," Johnathan Glazer, the writer and director, told the New York Times. "I wanted to show that these were crimes committed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith at No. 26."

Glazer also said that at times the despair was overwhelming. "There were points I really thought I couldn’t make the film. [...] I kept ringing my producer, Jim, and saying: ‘I’m getting out. I can’t do this." These moments may be represented, in the film, by the screen turning black, for a time, before returning to Höss and his family.

How could this have happened? It's not a question the movie addresses, not a question that can be easily answered. Other than: I don't know. But it did.

It is a movie, like Schindler's List, that can divide your life between the time before you saw it and the time after you saw it. It is a movie I will never forget.
I've been waiting to the point where I'm sufficiently prepared to be depressed & discouraged before watching this, but thanks for the reminder that I really do want to do so.
I've been waiting to the point where I'm sufficiently prepared to be depressed & discouraged before watching this, but thanks for the reminder that I really do want to do so.

Yup, Mara. I was the same way. Scrolling past it time and again, because I didn't think I, at that moment, felt prepared.

It's different from a lot of other movies on the topic. We're never inside the camp. We don't literally see one moment of violence, but its presence, in the background, is just as devastating.
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I watched MoviePass, MovieCrash on Max (aka HBO streaming) - 9/10.

This is an absolutely fascinating look at the rise, fall, and partial and tentative re-birth of the all you can eat movie ticket company (more on that HERE ). And as is so often the cast, some of the people responsible for the crash are still awaiting trial after several years.
Ah exorcism. I've often lamented not taking a fictional job. They frequently pay more than actual work, and I think they are easier as well. I remember working in a Silicon Valley boiler room and we were all staying late trying to refabricate some algorithm with 20 people combining 120 years of math, science, and programming experience and training. We were making about $200 a day or so, not great. And I went home one night, and Kron 5 the Bay Area's news leader, was airing a segment about a local businessperson with a fictional job. It was a mildly cross-eyed woman wearing about 32 pieces of turquoise jewelry. She was a Feng Shui expert, as certified by another feng shui expert, and they showed her at work.

She went to someone's house and moved the sofa from one corner of the room to another, then gave a deeply intelligent speech about how the cosmos could enhance the inner spirit of a homeowner if they just hired an expert to move their furniture into the correct position relative to the center of the universe. They paid her 5 grand, and at the end of the interview, they asked her how many of these she could do in a day. She said 2-3. I just remember watching that, and realizing that my entire education was pointless, and that I could have had financial security if I'd simply gone door to door selling bigfoot insurance.

So what I'm thinking is, maybe I should quit debugging python code to make matrix math computations more controllable, and just start performing exorcisms via skype. Or maybe go full on modern work ethic and just build an automated webpage where you click on an icon to exorcise your demon, and get billed in monthly installments.


"With one-click Exorcism on my side, getting rid of the demon inside me was easy, and the payment system made it affordable"

And as far as Russel Crowe. He was a good actor. I've seen both of these movies, and it's clear that he's not really putting in the work and focus that he used to. That's ok though. Being at the top of the world and doing an amazing job for 20 years or so is nothing to sneeze at. He was fantastic in a lot of roles, and I especially liked his work in Gladiator and LA Confidential.
That look like Diablo, The Lord of Terror.