Ina Zambian grade-school science teacher single-handedly, and unilaterally, created a space program for his country. The program involved rolling aspiring astronauts down a hill in a barrel and clipping their rope-swings at the height of their arc to simulate weightlessness. He claimed his country would not only beat both the Americans and Russians to the moon, but do it within the year.
Hal Hartley makes movies that take place resolutely in the real world, insisting on their flat, realistic dialogue and deadpan characters even while the story line takes flight for the far shores of fancy. If you were to watch his new film, "Amateur," without being able to hear the dialogue, you would think it was a slice of life about urban crime and isolation. The sights on the screen would seem reasonable enough, and you would assume that the characters existed in some kind of plausible movie universe.
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It is a refreshing revelation, especially after the growing insignificance of the tag, which more often than not is exposed to be a cheap misnomer. The film follows Guy, an expectant father and a talented architect unable to find a job. With this premise, the film sometimes evokes the universal experience of an awkward Uber ride. Unlike those however, this one hardly feels memorable, nor does it offer much insight.
More Girls. Larissa loves toying with her anonymous slaves. This way, they always seem to come back for more.
The Netflix original film, Amateur, is on its surface a story about a young kid hustling to make it to the NBA. But it goes beyond that. It explores the ways recruiters and universities take advantage of aspiring players, and the narrative even creates a space for discussion of a learning disability called dyscalculia.
Perfect Pairings. The other night, they invited us over for pizza. Cooking with Friends. My podcast is having an effect on me.