One Good Movie - Watching View-Screens
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I intended to recommend Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse this week.
But it is not the artistic high-point of animation that I had hoped. The animation is stunning and worthy of big-screen viewing. The jokes are fast and often funny. The characters are likable. Hailee Steinfeld and Oscar Isaac give terrific voice performances.
But it’s so bloated.
And despite all the flash, heartfelt teenage emotion, and painterly wit, sometimes it’s straight-up boring.
Cutting 38 minutes would make it one of the films of the summer.
Also, I didn’t know the film was “part one” of two films! Old man Clark doesn’t usually trek out for animation. And now you want me to go see a sequel to a sequel, that’s over two hours?
Instead of Sony IP, I recommend Don Hertzfeldt’s 16-minute animated opus:
That’s a direct link to the film on YouTube.
Like Spiderman, the film is part of a series, but you can leave satisfied having viewed the original film.
“A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.”
Hilarious. Sad. Complex.
Like many stories set in the future, it’s really about the present.
Set aside 16 minutes.
For filmmaking, I am enamored by the possibilities of the Vision Pro.
If you know anyone who might possess one when they are released to the public, please let them know I have an idea for a film noir first-person short film.
Of course, the music video opportunities are endless.
Sant Juan is in two weeks. The night before is celebrated with a plethora of fireworks. Pop-up stores selling black powder toys have opened around town.
To prepare, Mrs. One Good Movie’s school teaches kids how to handle fireworks. It’s not a simple lecture by the Karen Safety Police. Each student lights their own firework on the playground to practice.
I can’t imagine a public school in the States offering this curriculum.
My Midwest fireworks safety protocol requires two things:
A can of Coors and a lit cigarette.