A teenage girl is separated from her beloved dog.
Directed by Kornel Mundruzco
Initial Review by Jon Kissel
There's a French movie I recently watched called Au Hasard Balthazar. Directed by the renowned Robert Bresson, it's a tribute to good old Christian suffering, as a young woman and her donkey nobly withstand abuse dealt to them by people unworthy of their innate goodness. That movie's also about the choice by the powerful to do harm to the powerless, plus the danger of giving power away in good faith, both themes that are resonant in White God as well. Besides both movies having excellent animal acting, that's where the comparison ends. Spoiler, but the donkey never loses control and bites someone's throat out. Kornel Mondruczo's White God is split between its two leads. One, an adolescent girl played by Zsofia Psotta, rebels against being treated like a child, while the other, a dog played doubly by Bodie and Luke, rebels against being treated like an animal. There's a coherent twinning between the two, and Mondruczo's treats both subjects with respect.
It’s a shame Ridiculous 6 is being wasted as a full MMC pick. We owed it to ourselves to watch this movie via synchronized Netflix’s some late Friday night with a 1000 comment live thread. The last time we did that I dropped my remote in my scotch. Unfortunately we decided to watch when prose was called for.
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A Trip to the Moon
Here you have it. Here is the foundation to every science fiction movie ever made. A Trip to the Moon is a 15 minute blur of simple storytelling, set to an amazing score from Air. The first movie of its kind, I can’t imagine the responses of people watching something like this having possibly never even seen a moving picture before. It taps into this running thought that I have in my head when watching even the most mundane of modern commercials: “This commercial would blow the minds of anyone 50 years ago. What would they even think? Would they even get it?”
JUST SOME IDIOTS GIVING SURPRISINGLY AVERAGE MOVIE REVIEWS.
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