Tales From the Bitface (Posts about Letterboxd - devilgate)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:53 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssThe Big Short, 2015 - ★★½https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/04/01/the-big-short-2015-12/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/2/4/6/0/1/3/246013-the-big-short-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=63d5f697de”></p> <p>You might come out of this film with a better understanding of the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis — or you might not. More likely, I think, you’ll sort-of understand it while you’re watching, but be none the wiser when it’s all over.</p> <p>The question of what happened is explained, but not the one of how it was allowed to happen.</p> <p>But I think the problem with this as a movie is that it tries to dramatise the events, using versions of some of the real people involved as characters; but it doesn’t go far enough in that. We don’t see anything of their lives outside of their financial dealings, so it fails to humanise them sufficiently. As characters, I ended up just finding them tiresome.</p> <p>To really help us to understand the whole thing, it would need to be a documentary, and that would have been harder to sell. So by not quite being enough of one thing or the other, it fails at both.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/the-big-short/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> iftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/04/01/the-big-short-2015-12/Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:27:31 GMTCrazy Rich Asians, 2018 - ★★★½https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/23/crazy-rich-asians-2018-12/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/3/8/7/2/3/8/387238-crazy-rich-asians-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=da79d5d2f3”></p> <p>In considering how rich families try to control who their progeny marry, I found it interesting to see if this mapped on to <cite>Pride and Prejudice</cite> at all. Only if if you stretch things quite a lot. “Darcy” and “Elizabeth” are already together at the start, after all.</p> <p>It’s a fun enough romp if you don’t mind the fantastical displays of fabulous wealth. Interesting too, to see Michelle Yeoh as a controlling mother rather than a <a href=”https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5171438/”>kickass starship captain</a>.</p> <p>from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/crazy-rich-asians/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/23/crazy-rich-asians-2018-12/Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:38:13 GMTBajrangi Bhaijaan, 2015 - ★★★★★https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/12/bajrangi-bhaijaan-2015-/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/2/7/9/1/4/5/279145-bajrangi-bhaijaan-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=d58d6a388b”></p> <p>I loved this film more Than I can possibly say. Sure, it’s sentimental as hell, but if you can watch the tale of a mute Pakistani girl who gets lost in Delhi, and looked after by a Hindu Indian  guy, without a tear in your eye, then you have no heart.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/bajrangi-bhaijaan/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/12/bajrangi-bhaijaan-2015-/Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:40:17 GMTBooksmart, 2019 - ★★★½https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/12/booksmart-2019-12/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/4/3/5/4/5/0/435450-booksmart-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=098396f123”></p> <p>Watched on Friday March 6, 2020.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/booksmart/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/03/12/booksmart-2019-12/Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:40:10 GMTLate Night, 2019 - ★★★https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/25/late-night-2019-/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/4/5/2/6/0/0/452600-late-night-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=9dfe200c47”></p> <p>Watched on Thursday February 20, 2020.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/late-night/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/25/late-night-2019-/Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:46:07 GMTParasite, 2019 - ★★★★½https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/23/parasite-2019-12/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/4/2/6/4/0/6/426406-parasite-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=6b33c6bf6f”></p> <p>A richly deserved Oscar winner, despite what the Leader of the Free World might have to say about it. He should start by watching it, obviously.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/parasite-2019/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/23/parasite-2019-12/Sun, 23 Feb 2020 15:46:16 GMTFighting with My Family, 2019 - ★★★½https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/23/fighting-with-my-family-2019-12/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/3/7/8/0/8/1/378081-fighting-with-my-family-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=4d722ab7a0”></p> <p>I didn’t expect to be watching a film about wrestling, much less one made in association with the WWE. I mean, if it had been about the old British wrestling matches they used to show on Sundays on ITV — Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki — then maybe.</p> <p>But this turned out to be a lot of fun. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, it’s based on the true story of a wrestling-mad family in Norwich, and how they try to get into the giant American wrestling entertainment business.</p> <p>Not bad at all.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/fighting-with-my-family/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/23/fighting-with-my-family-2019-12/Sun, 23 Feb 2020 14:46:22 GMTThe Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014 - ★★★https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/15/the-grand-budapest-hotel-2014-/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/sm/upload/l6/bx/ic/tb/nX5XotM9yprCKarRH4fzOq1VM1J-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=3d7786f50a”></p> <p>I note that I gave this three-and-a-half stars when I added it to Letterboxd, some time last year. Watched it again last night, for, I think, the third time. My inclination is to reduce its number of stars. I don’t dislike it, by any means, but I don’t love it the way the test of my family do. </p> <p>Last night I was more puzzled by it than I recall being before. Why the three layers of story? I’m not sure that adds anything. I like the look, and I originally loved the weirdness, but… in the end it just feels kind of shallow.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/the-grand-budapest-hotel/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/15/the-grand-budapest-hotel-2014-/Sat, 15 Feb 2020 12:25:10 GMTThe Cabin in the Woods, 2011 - ★★★★★ (contains spoilers)https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/09/the-cabin-in-the-woods-2011-contains-spoilers/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/3/7/5/9/8/37598-the-cabin-in-the-woods-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=cf79b7c88e”></p> <p><em>This review may contain spoilers.</em></p> <p>I’m surprised to find this is from 2011. I saw it when it came out, but it doesn’t feel like eight or nine years ago. Three or four, I’d have said. </p> <p>The fact that I’m surprised to find that Chris Hemsworth is in it probably reflects the length of time that has passed, though.</p> <p>Anyway, it stands up really well, though the question I asked the last time: why <em>do</em> they have a big red “Release all the monsters” button? That still stands.</p> <p><br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/the-cabin-in-the-woods/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/09/the-cabin-in-the-woods-2011-contains-spoilers/Sun, 09 Feb 2020 13:51:16 GMTSpringsteen On Broadway, 2018 - ★★★★https://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/09/springsteen-on-broadway-2018-/Martin McCallion<p><img src=”https://a.ltrbxd.com/resized/film-poster/4/9/2/3/8/8/492388-springsteen-on-broadway-0-500-0-750-crop.jpg?k=2eefe5404a”></p> <p>I finished this last night, but actually watched it over the course of several weeks. Not the way I’d normally watch a film, but since it’s mainly about the music, the interruptions don’t really matter.</p> <p>Except… it’s actually equally about the music and the storytelling. Both are valid and worthwhile. There was no single overarching narrative, though. The stories are a set of recollections of Springsteen’s life. There are connections, of course, but each one stands alone well enough to watch it in this disjointed way.</p> <p>Anyway, my main complaint is that it was too short and could do with having more songs. He’s written a vast number, after all. Well worth watching if you’re a fan. If not, then you probably won’t want to.</p> <p><br><br> <br><br> from <a href=”https://letterboxd.com/devilgate/film/springsteen-on-broadway/”>Letterboxd – devilgate</a><br><br> via <a href=”https://ifttt.com/?ref=da&amp;site=wordpress”>IFTTT</a></p> filmsiftttLetterboxd - devilgatehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2020/02/09/springsteen-on-broadway-2018-/Sun, 09 Feb 2020 12:51:16 GMT