This was also a year of sequels. Even films you’d never have imagined would get a sequel, or wanted one for, got them.
There are way too many characters—each with its own unique problem that needs to be resolved—for the 100-minute film to do justice to.
A familiar flaw plagues Assassin’s Creed, one that has previously infected many, many Hollywood films based on video games.
I’ve long suspected that ‘glamour’ is often used in the industry as a euphemism to commodify heroines. It appears to be used to persuade them into believing in the ‘commercial’ film system, as you put it; into believing that skin-show is an essential part of the system, of telling such stories.
I liked Dangal. It has everything you’d expect to see in a sports film. It has everything you’ve previously enjoyed in a sports film. Yet…
La La Land shows how songs can make for deeply satisfying exploratory adventures into the characters’ subconscious. It shows how such musical exaggerations can be beautifully escapist.