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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

new on DVD: ‘300,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘Pathfinder,’ more

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300 [buy it]. From my review:

This is one of those ür-stories that actually feels like a slice of ancient wonder and grandeur… This is more Lord of the Rings than Gladiator, and still not much like either of those films, either: this exists in its own kind of mythic space much like the one that all ancient literature lived in for its listeners.

Hot Fuzz [buy it]. From my review:

Fuzz is all about taking down Hollywood action-movie excess and affectionately tweaking the clichés of the genre, but it does that from a place of understanding and fannish worship. Wright and Pegg get it exactly right: they know that there’s something weirdly schizophrenic in the love/hate relationship serious movie lovers have with the absurd extremes Hollywood can go to… We’re allowed to make fun of this stuff, because we love it so much, but we’ll defend it if anyone else dares to say a negative word about it.

Pathfinder [buy it]. From my review:

[A] compelling example of purely cinematic storytelling that eschews almost all dialogue and lets moody colors and visceral action tell a tale that is mythic and metaphoric.

Lonely Hearts [buy it]. Intriguing performances tip the scales in its favor.

Roving Mars [buy it]. A big, beautiful bit of NASA recruitment propaganda.

Skip it:

Firehouse Dog [buy it]. From my review:

A perfectly excruciating mix of stupidity and sentimentality, this is equal parts preposterousness — even as live-action cartoons go — obviousness (you’ll guess who the secret villain is the moment he steps onscreen), and goopy nonsense. But if you can’t get enough of skateboarding dogs, go for it.



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  • doa766

    I can’t believe you are recomending pathfinder, it’s awful, I saw it because of the nice photography on the trailers but the movie is bad, predictible and boring}

    the indians talking current english sounds so stupid after the very realistic apocalypto

    skip it

  • I didn’t care for Pathfinder either, but Apocalypto was about as realistic as the Battle of Sterling Bridge taking place in a big field…

    Who knew that the Maya had such a complicated array of locker-room humour, based entirely on sex and mother-in-law jokes.

  • MBI

    I prefer the regular-Joe vision of Mayans to the usual vision of natives in Hollywood movies. You know, the kind that do nothing but communicate with nature and speak in exotic axioms about Mother Earth or whatthefuckever. Apocalypto may be the first movie I’ve ever seen to give natives regular human motivations, although Dances with Wolves had its moments. Still, realism is really not the word here.

    And while I’m yet another who didn’t like Pathfinder (Apocalypto-lite is about right), I’d actually defend the use of English-speaking natives. They have to speak English, because a large part of the movie has to do with the two cultures not understanding each other. Structurally, it would be just confusing to have them both speak foreign languages which would both sound the same to untrained ears. Plus, this ties our sympathies more with the natives.

  • “I prefer the regular-Joe vision of Mayans to the usual vision of natives in Hollywood movies. You know, the kind that do nothing but communicate with nature and speak in exotic axioms about Mother Earth or whatthefuckever.”

    I don’t like that traditional approach either. But, at least in the early scenes of Apocalypto, the Mayans just sounded like Detective Riggs ;) I agree on the use of English in Pathfinder though – very necessary.

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