• Mary & Max, Brick (117/72)

    by  • 3/13/2011 • film • 0 Comments

    MARY & MAX (iTunes) – Devastating film. It’s beautiful technically and emotionally. The innocence in both characters is nearly complete, even as they age, and Mary grows up. She is nearly as bad at reading people as Max, and things really break down when Mary graduates. There are continuity issues and flat-out errors, but I didn’t notice them when watching; only when they were pointed out in reviews I read since.

    “I asked my mother when I was 4 where babies come from. She said they come from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren’t Jewish, they’re laid by Catholic nuns. If you’re an atheist, they’re laid by dirty lonely prostitutes”

    Read reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and both the FINANCIAL TIMES and the GLOBE AND MAIL reviewers can suck it, complaining that this film isn’t suitable for kids. OF COURSE IT ISN’T; it isn’t meant to be. Why do some people, even professional movie reviewers not get than animation is a technique, and doesn’t necessarily define the audience.

    BRICK (Netflix) – There’s something film noir hiding in here in the script if nothing else; I don’t think it’s entirely ironic despite being set in high school. Danger, drugs, duplicitous dames and detective work. That said, Brandan walking across the football field is a bit BREAKFAST CLUB to me, just visually.

    “If you got every rat in town together and said show your hands if any of ’em ever saw The Pin, you’d get a crowd of full pockets.”

    Pretty well put together film for being budgeted in the half-million range. Decent photography and acting for the most part, though some bad choices with locations and costume design. What’s up with all the shooting into the sun? Lens flares aren’t a style choice.


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