Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Nope (2022)

Antlers Holst: This dream you're chasing,
where you end up at the top of the mountain,
all eyes on you. It's the dream you never wake up from.

I have seen Nope twice now -- including once just a week ago -- and I never not once realized that Michael Wincott's character's name was "Antlers." WTF? Anyway "Antlers" (apparently) was to me a really funny gag on the self-appointed God-dom of cinematographers even before I realized his name was "Antlers" -- do we think Jordan Peele is riffing on a specific person, or just the general self-seriousness of the profession?

I liked Nope better my second time through; not that I precisely disliked it the first time, but it kind of played out long-game-like. I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it the first time. But it sat on me. And sat on me. The movie wouldn't let me go. So when I did finally watch it that second time last week a bunch of stuff clicked into place, and that's how it made my list of runners-up for 2022 posted yesterday. I have a feeling it's a movie I will watch a dozen more times and it very well might continue rising in my estimation -- we'll see. When I re-do my list ten years from now I'll probably think myself a fool for under-valuing it. We'll see. 

Anyway point being happy birthday, Jordan Peele!
I think y'all should rank his three movies in the comments.


MinDC said...

I recently watched it for a second time as well and i agree, I liked it more and things just "clicked"

Jason Adams said...

Some movies just really need that second view.

Shawny said...

Everything about the movie is great except for the alien.

Matty said...

My ranking of Peele's oeuvre thus far: Get Out > Nope > Us.