Monday Movies Is Going To Save Your Church Choir With Sassy Soul
Joyful Noise – ah, who am I kidding? Monday Movies has been burning the upper-middlebrow TV candle at way too many ends, and hasn’t seen any movies. We did submit our outline for our own superhero romantic comedy feature to the writer’s group dropbox; wish us luck.
Several years ago we ran a movieblog for an even more select audience than we few we proud Weblog. For your amusement, links to a few choice entries follow.
Laying seas of cellophane-wrapped flowers and Mylar balloons at Buckingham Palace, mediated through grainy video, the public is a storm, a force of nature (post-nature?) that structures the conflict of the film. Diana, famously a ‘candle in the wind’, gives over to it, amplifies it, and succumbs to it (an early statement from the royals lays the blame squarely at the feet of the media; Blair’s oily-genius communications director clucks, “that’s not who you want to blame”). The Queen suspects it will blow over, that she has no more to fear from it than do the cliffs at Balmoral. Only Blair understands it perfectly: he knows that this wind, ill or true, can be neither turned nor controlled, but it can be sailed.
Paranoia and suspicion are the defining characteristics of the great 1970’s political movies: Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men, and The Parallax View all reflect a deep suspicion of the government and politics, while the anti-heroes ofButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, McCabe and Mrs Miller andBonnie and Clyde all suggest that if this is society, then anti-social behavior is no crime (or perhaps that crime is the least anti-social behavior).
Although it shares a lot with the above list—more the power-and-politics set than the mythological one—The Candidate has a strikingly different tone. It replaces the deep suspicion with deep ambivalence.
Team America: World Police slips from this balance, that I think South Park actually maintained, into a downright conservative movie. Ostensibly, it takes aim at targets on the left and the right. In actuality, it attacks, on the one hand, outspoken left-wing actors, and, on the other…action movies.
But enough out of my attic. How is the midwinter film dump treating you? Anyone see The Devil Inside? Somebody did.
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