Monday Movies: This is my rifle, this is my gun
Movies watched this week:
- The Blue Kite — the decision to use an obnoxious little kid as the narrative center of this historical epic seemed bizarre to me at first, but everything became clear when the plot culminated in the Cultural Revolution — Tietou is a kid who was born denouncing his elders. The fact that he seems custom-tailored to participate in the Cultural Revolution produces the one genuine narrative tension: will he denounce his mother? Overall, I found this movie more interesting to think about than to actually watch.
- Full Metal Jacket — our Kubrick “light completism” project continues apace, as does my attempt to watch “oh my God you haven’t seen that yet?!”-type films. Particularly in the basic training section, I felt like I was watching Hamlet, discovering the origin of so many phrases — The Girlfriend even thought it was possible that “eat shit and die” stems originally from this movie, which I was unable either to confirm or deny. It deserves more comment, but I need time to process it.
Our pace of movie-watching has slowed down due to our continued MacGyver-watching. What have you been watching, dear readers?
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