New 2 sentence reviews of the movies I have been watching recently.
Here are some quick reviews of all the random movies I’ve been watching lately. I will periodically move these titles down to the full A-Z list found HERE.
Parsifal (1982) – There is something uniquely German (in a Faustian sense) about de Troyes story of the fool Perceval le Gallois, so it seems it would be a natural fit for Wagner’s opera. This four hour cinematic version has all the usual Syberberg “pyrotechnics” (rear projection, puppets, moving camera) to help liven up the proceedings, still, 90% of this opera is them sing-talking their way through pages and pages of exposition…which ultimately makes it one hell of a rough slog.
Brief Encounter (1945) – Unassuming (though beautifully photographed) love story about two repressed married people who fall into a doomed love affair. The dude came off as possibly slightly manipulative, but the naturalistic performance from the woman was brilliant–this one will stick with you.
Querelle (1982) – In some ways this is a triumph of atmosphere, set design, and making the most ridiculously homoerotic movie of all time. In all other ways, most notably in the careless and confusing script, this is rather a complete failure, despite the best efforts of a bunch of game buttfucking to try to liven things up.
Despicable Me 3 (2017) – Entertaining enough though it’s hard not to hear Michael Scott doing an awful eastern European impression for his nonplussed employees throughout this one. Also, I wish the plots for these animated films weren’t so paint by numbers, you can practically see the gears moving between scenes.