Christmas is coming early for me, in the form of the rare and elusive hand-drawn animated feature film.
What does a red panda in Tokyo, an editorial assistant in New York City, and – possibly – you have in common? Horrible bosses. Two Netflix comedies tackle the grave issue of power harassment in the office. One of them, unfortunately, ends up sending a problematic message.
Netflix’s Sierra Burgess is a Loser makes some risky bets. The teen flick casts a plus-size girl as the staple ‘uncool’ protagonist, a role typically filled unconvincingly by the Hollywood Homely. Its story revolves around duping someone’s feelings. It flirts with the contentious issue of consent. Too bad it also takes the easy way out.
What’s the meaning of Alex Garland’s 2018 science-fiction movie Annihilation? A lot of things, actually. And what it means may differ from me and you.
That’s probably not the answer you’re looking for. I’m not sure that there’s a true answer. When we talk about films like Annihilation, we need to accept that some films have multiple meanings.
Some movies are important in a big way. Like Crazy Rich Asians, a movie with the ambition and nuance to be culturally important just as it is lavish and bombastic. Then there are movies that feel important in a smaller scale. These movies are like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a movie that delivers its importance in simple and subtle ways.
What I think of Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle in a nutshell: “They should have named it ‘Story on the Edge of Completion’ instead” Mild spoilers… more