For now I previewed the series right here, and yesterday I did review two films that are now playing -- read my thoughts on My Donkey My Lover and I right here, and read my thoughts on Red Soil right here. Hopefully over the weekend I will share my thoughts on some others I have seen (all the titles are over there >>> in the right-hand column in my "Watched" list now in case you're curious), including the one called Faithful, which stars our fave Vincent Lacoste, seen up top. Hi Vincent! "Rendezvous" runs through March 14th!
Friday, March 05, 2021
Thursday, March 04, 2021
But Antoinette's unapologetic and sunny enthusiasm grows on you quick (Calamy is absolutely winning in the role) and even as we watch the character make outrageously ill-thought-out decisions -- the entire film's about her stalking said married parent on his weeklong family getaway, hiking in the mountains astride the titular ass which she is wildly unequipped to handle -- we find ourselves rooting for her to figure out her right angle, and find a route through to something like actual happiness.
And thankfully the film never tilts too hard into whimsy -- it's cute and charming but in a delicately balanced way, never overdoing the comedy, or somehow, astonishingly, never pushing Antoinette's ditziness into the off-putting. We watch her spill the beans with a big smile on her home-wrecking purposes to a room-full of people she has literally just met, and Calamy makes it all work, down to the last drop. You can see why any (straight) man would be willing to toss decorum over for this delightful nut, and you can also see why she's so much better than the hand she's dealt herself at the same time.
And then somehow it becomes one of the sweetest animal movies I've seen in ages to boot? Antoinette's push-pull relationship with Patrick, her Irish donkey partner on this improbable romantic trek, will absolutely win you over by the end -- there's a bray in the last act that will crumble the heart of the coldest donkey hater. I'd watch a thousand adventures of Antoinette and her best ass friend, I tell ya!
Beginning to think the existence of Roy Andersson's About Endlessness is just some sort of meta joke that is being played on only me pic.twitter.com/w1UqKXc6WI— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) November 12, 2020
Anyway I am pleased as punch-drunk to share the news that About Endlessness is giving up the endless ghost at last, and will finally be released here in the US (theaters and demand) on April 30th. And they've just re-released the trailer (it is ever so slightly different, although it hits mostly the same beats) and here, I share it with you now, today, on March 4th 2021. Let it be noted! No more shenanigans please! (And yes I just called a deadly pandemic a "shenanigan" so feel free to cancel me immediately.)
Screening as part of the "Rendezvous with French Cinema" series here in NYC for the next ten days Farid Bentoumi's film Red Soil is just such a film, and should be set right astride the best of the genre -- it's better than Todd Haynes' 2019 well-shot but muddled stab at it with Dark Waters anyway, and if you can do something better than Todd Haynes I'd say you're doing a damn lot right. Red Soil tells the true story of a nurse named Nour (the tremendously transfixing and empathetic Zita Hanrot) who goes to work at her father's chemical plant, only to discover that the place is a death trap.
Per usual Nour is met with mountains of red tape, but Red Soil is smart to make Nour's father Slimane (played by the terrific Sami Bouajila) the primary force walling her off -- watching their sweet relationship fracture due to his stonewalling, all in the name of his paycheck, is heart-rending; in the way of all good familial dramas (think of it akin to Asghar Farhadi's output) you can see and feel both sides, to a sometimes excruciating degree. Not that it's not clear who's in the right here, but Bentoumi makes it clear that being "right" has huge casualties of its own. There are no simple paths in the disassembling of societal structures, especially ones so enmeshed with the fabric of a community as this one.
Everyone in this town works for the plant -- everyone in this town also stands to get deeply sick due to it, too. And the film isn't afraid of facing the question at the heart of people put into these situations, which is "Is my life worth more than this?" A lot of people just simply don't think so, so beaten down has the system made them, and so they accept their own exploitations in exchange for a home for their families. We'll gladly step into the meat-grinder as long as what comes out can keep the people we love fed. Red Soil makes enthralling drama out of one family forced to measure their future, their worth, and how we should all number one top of the day just look out for one another whatever the consequences.
Paul: You wouldn't believe what I've beenthrough tonight. You just, wouldn't believe it.Gail: Oh, I'm a ice cream vendor. Mr. Softee.Paul: What? I... you misunderstood me.I didn't ask what you did for a living. I said,you wouldn't believe what I've been through tonight.Gail: It's not boring. And I have my ownMr. Softee truck. It's not... it's not boring.
Today I'd rather be...
... chilling with Noah Centineo and friend, again.
I posted a video of Noah doing the ice-bath thing with this totally trainer of his a few weeks back, so why not post this new one? There is literally no reason. Nothing is keeping us from exploiting Noah exactly as much as he exploits himself on social media! Huzzah! On that note even more than these ice baths I recommend the slow-motion video I posted of Noah's trainer giving him an excellent pounding even more recently -- their relationship is already a 2021 bright spot!
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
This movie is a real tease pic.twitter.com/v5xiNMp9GR— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) February 27, 2021
... you can learn from:
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Zootie: It's a dog-eat-dog world,and there's not enough dog to go around.
This reminds me Chris Hemsworth is set to be in the next MAD MAX movie (the FURIOSA prequel) and if he isn't wearing one of the costumes seen on the right I say WHAT ARE WE EVEN DOING THIS FOR pic.twitter.com/2zKOxXlwV3— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) March 3, 2021