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Imagination Connoisseur, William La Rochelle, shares a number of quick-hit observations with his fellow fans in the Post-Geek Singularity covering a wide range of topics from MURDER BY DEATH, to Star Wars to the little-seen, 2020 release: THE HUNT.
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Robert and The Post Geek Singularity:
• Does anyone actually like mystery box format? Has there been a film that really paid off with its mystery box approach?
• The other day I decided to put on Neil Simon’s MURDER BY DEATH (imdb), which doesn’t bother with verisimilitude and indulges in revelations that render earlier moments impossible. Peter Sellers plays a variant on Charlie Chan and it isn’t an issue for me. Peter Falk plays a version of Sam Spade or Bogart and I can’t help thinking a mystery where their own signature roles were used might have been better. But then it would be even more like the TV movie MURDER CAN HURT YOU (imdb).
But leaping to modern day, I find there are still layers of the onion being peeled about the exhausting post mortem for Star Wars.
• Wookiepedia tells us that Ben Solo was 23 when he destroyed the Jedi temple and 29 in The Force Awakens, leaving only a gap of six years for Luke to be in exile.
• I can defend Han Solo against charges of being a deadbeat dad, leaving only when his 23 year old son has already left in epic fashion. I can’t figure out how a Luke that goes away to die also leaves behind a piece of map with Max Von Sydow and another piece it fits into for R2DD2 should be need to be found. Had events followed the more linear format of other Star Wars movies, maybe some gaps in logic would have to be confronted as it went.
• When fans have been scolded for presuming to own what they like, and we get a list of people making the films who may have an honest claim to ownership, I think Mark Hamill’s name comes up. As the first fanboy to complain about the crusty old characterization of Luke in STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI (imdb), he does not fit the enforced stereotype of Trump supporting alt-right Yahtzee.
• When we ask what is canon we mean what is legitimate. Must we differ to the judgement of a person who spends $600 million on a movie that should cost $200 million or a person who imposes the coda scene where Rey chooses the name Skywalker when asked by a random hermit woman? Or someone who insists on Luke drinking sea monster teat milk? Or those who can have three variations of a woman scolding the male hero in the same film even though each proves to be wrong and not expect that this will alienate a segment of the fan base? I don’t know.
• I was able to enjoy the lightshow of the Kennedy trilogy, each time in denial just long enough about whether it makes any sense. I am reminded of the great moment in SCROOGED (imdb) where Robert Mitchum suggests to Bill Murray that there should be programming for cats. “Remember Kojak and the lollypop? How about a cop whose gimmick is he dangles string? Lots of quick, random action.”
• Quick, random action. Or another quote, “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” They can win Oscars in the sound and fury category.
It may not be my Star Wars. I might give away those discs.
Dwelling on something that doesn’t work might over time become less instructive and become toxic in a more accurate sense than the word is used by a studio spin machine.
Maybe we don’t have to dwell on the fault in their Star Wars.
• On the other end of the spectrum, I went to the cinema for the first time since THE JESUS ROLLS (imdb) back in January. I had intended to see JAWS (imdb) on the big screen at 3pm. Got there with my mask on, with cold feet kicking in less for Covid than the perversion of paying to see a movie I have bought on a few formats already. Turns out the published times were wrong and I would have to wait another hour or see THE HUNT (imdb).
I only knew it was controversial and kind of a “Most Dangerous Game” premise, and had been shelved for a year. I paid my $2.99 and sat in a cinema with only two other social distancing persons and got a pleasant surprise. THE HUNT is crazy, packed with suspense and shocks and a satirical edge. I especially liked a character called Crystal who emerges as the main heroine.
I wondered had I seen her before and thought she must be new. I still wasn’t sure when the credits came up and the name Betty Gilpin (imdb). Then I scroll through her imdb page and — I was watching her for years as Dr. Carrie Roman for the last few years of NURSE JACKIE (imdb)? And she is due to play Ann Coulter on the next season of AMERICAN CRIME STORY (imdb)?
I am still processing that.
But in THE HUNT she would fit very nicely alongside characters of Tarantino (admittedly a final scene feels very KILL BILL (imdb)).
I hope she does more action and that more people see THE HUNT. The one caveat being that half the fun is political satire on stereotypical indicators of tribal affiliation which not everyone will get.
But the movie was a great way to cleanse the palate and for a time let the recent past die and enjoy those moments where filmmakers deliver the goods.