Scraps: “Thor: Ragnarok”

 

Director: Taika Waititi
Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe

  • Very, very, very fun.
  • Definitely one of my favorite Marvel films ever, even though I hated Thor as a character and a premise.
  • Visually amazing – from the production design, to the cinematography, just a blast in all directions.
  • “Fun” but doesn’t feel tedious or tacky despite the over the top sensibilities.
  • The world building is ace.
  • The comedic beats are awkward, snappy and genuine in ways that humanized all the characters, even Cate Blancett’s deliciously villainous character, Hela.
  • Appreciated all the physical, vaudeville comedy.
  • All the acting was great! Except maybe Mark Ruffalo who seemed to have had way too much fun to care.
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Scraps: “Force Majeure”

Director: Ruben Östlund
Cinematographer: Fredrik Wenzel

  • It’s getting kind of weird that I’ve unintentionally been seeing films that explore the toxicity and fragility of male masculinity.
  • Beautifully shot. The way the film looks help elevate the sense of discomfort and isolation.
  • Children are scary, but also realizing that you are stuck in a relationship and had built your entire structure of self-worth around an unreliable person is scarier.
  • This movie brings out a lot of droning anxieties around the prospect of a nuclear family.
  • A very dark movie in ways that get under your skin slowly, the fact that it’s very aesthetically pleasing really helps make it a little more terrifying.

Scraps: “Lady Bird”

Director: Greta Gerwig
Cinematographer: Sam Levy 

  • Went to see this without expectations, and was surprised at how lovely this film was.
  • Omg, Laurie Metcaif.
  • Took the feelings of its characters seriously, with some levity. It juggled ingenuity, bitterness and humor really well.
  • The scene where Danny cries holding Lady Bird after she took out the trash at the cafe is really great.
  • Really good cast in general.

Scraps: “Paris 05:59:Théo & Hugo”

Directors: Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau
Cinematographer: Manuel Marmier

  • Dreamy, surreal dialogue.
  • Surprising structure and story, especially for a gay film.
  • Beautiful and anxious in all the right ways.
  • Makes me miss Singapore in the late night hours. Realized that I haven’t really seen that many movies about iconic cities being empty, during the odd hours.
  • The encounters with the strangers throughout the film, really made the film much better than if it was only about the two leading men. The monologues delivered by the supporting characters poignantly represented Paris as a character in the film.

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Scraps: “Thelma”

Director: Joachim Trier
Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut

  • Beautiful acting from all the leads.
  • Came in with a mild skepticism, as it’s a film about a young gay girl – made by an older straight guy. Was generally impressed that how sex and desire play out in the film, nothing felt forced or overly sensualized.
  • The film feels very restrained, despite the premise of the film. Even on its most over the top moments, there’s a sense of control that works. Very graceful.
  • Despite the meticulous film making, the film never felt condescending or trite – instead it felt very sincere, human.
  • Also feels very clear and trim as a film.

Scraps: “Killing of a Sacred Deer”

  •  Liked this more than The Lobster, although I haven’t seen Dogtooth or Alps.
  • Great casting, Nicole Kidman was pretty great. Barry Keoghan was amazing – a great embodiment of volatile, young masculinity with high potential for violence.
  • Again, felt like the movie was kind of talking about the male ego – and violent consequences.
  • The shot following Colin Farrell’s character above his shoulder kind of stuck with me.
  • Also, the scene where Raffey Cassidy sings to Barry Keoghan’s character, while holding cigarette, standing by a tree.
  • The film felt like less of an open ended question than The Lobster (and as told to me by Malcolm, his other films.)
  • Saw this with my sister and she was thoroughly confused.