Sometimes I feel as severed in my life as those characters in Apple’s new hit show Severance. This month, I spent a long time divided between my desire to watch more movies and the fact that I actually didn’t do it. My flatmate is in his family city for the past three weeks, I’ve watched the most important film of the year on the theater and my friends and I had several food-based encounters. Yes, my best friend and I kept it going and watched our unplanned monthly sessions in the theater, like it has been all this time without any of us noticing, and I even got to watch one of the most important things of recent history, but there was just not much. I don’t even know what I was watching when I kicked off the month, it could have been either my second try of watching Barry (could not finish season one yet) or maybe just catching up with the last two episodes of Stranger Things (like everybody else that has a Netflix password to watch it). I don’t really know how it started, but I do know what left an impact. So here it is…
…what I watched in July, and how I actually felt about it
On the 9th I re watched Mike Mills’ C’mon C’mon with Nancy here in my place, and then we talked for basically a whole night about parenting, my relationship with my brother, who came to my life as my dad’s seven year old stepson and became the most important person in the world to me. We’ve also talked about the challenges of co parenting and my now sort of early thoughts on adopting. This would come back in the end of the month, as I closed it by watching episode 4 of Scenes from a Marriage, but I will talk more of this one once I finish episode 5 (yes, I am taking my time with this one).
Another movie that left a huge impact was the new Chip N’ Dale adventure, which I’ve watched with my twelve year old godson (Nancy’s kid) and had a blast of a great time with the movie’s self-awareness, meta humor and pop culture references in jokes that would not land if the voice acting was not good (and I watched it with the best dub in the world, brazilian portuguese). I’ve seen both Daniels movies, 2016’s Swiss Army Man and 2022’s Everything Everywhere All At Once, and will need more time to swallow everything they’ve served in this ones. Just two great experiences. The latest one will be remembered in 2030 as that indie 2022 darling, produced by then Oscar-winning directors Russo brothers (I’m singing this now, they will win in 2027 for their masterpiece), that changed the game forever. Juju Chewbacca and the best mother-daughter relationship story ever put into digital film. I will be forever glad to say I watched this on the big screen on a Tuesday afternoon and had the most entertaining and emotional journey. This is flawless. By now, the Daniels are always a win. Jamie Lee is a goddess and this title is just accurate, period. This is not afraid of playing silly and pays up all the silly jokes and fun moments with heartbreaking emotional beats in the final act. I cannot stress that enough, will need a re watch. I hope it doesn’t get a single Oscar nom, the academy just don’t deserve this movie.
And last but not least, in the movie category, Thalles and I watched the original Ishirō Honda’s 1954 Godzilla, and that is definitely a post war japanese movie, a lot better than other other incarnation of the monster, but as basic as it gets when you watch seven decades too late. And we also watched Dracula, the Coppola one, which was the tenth film we’ve seen together and as much as the first one, was also about a bat. A bat even flew over us on our way to our favorite pizza place after the session. I did not expect this to be so beautiful and haunted at the same time. The way Coppola shoots it and cuts it and brings life to it like the blood is the life. A masterful work from a masterful filmmaker in a very sold out theater session.
On the TV show category, I will cut myself short, turn this R rated, and just say: Succession deserves the hype, so go watch it or fuck off; The Bear is a fucking masterpiece (Episode 7 is the best half hour in TV ever, period); someone might have left an episode 7.5 of The Boys in the cut room floor cause the season is great, but the ending is rushed as fuck; Stranger Things will never be as good as they think they are, but will be as big as the budget from the millions of hours watched will allow; The Simpsons is best in their Golden Age, season 18 sucks and season 19 has only two great episodes, it still delivers but by now I definitely can put my finger on what’s wrong; Severance is the best sci-fi dystopian show since the first season of Black Mirror, it kills you but you like it anyways cause Patricia Arquette is just awesome; season one of Barry is not as good as season three is suppose to be (or I’m just not in the right mood to watch Bill Hader do so little with his over the top face and voice). Scenes from a Marriage will be the death of me — Jessica Chastain is always a win.
Now, I got take some extra words for this one. I watched Super Pumped and got exactly what I wanted from it. It is fun and all, specially because we know the story and it is nice to know tech genius are evil, but it is just not interested in being great TV. Don’t get me wrong, it is interesting, well made but poorly edited — what is this thing it has with narrations and phrases written over the screen. The show wishes too much, tries too hard, wastes too many big talents, Levitz tries and carries most of the show, but can not save it — those too many rock songs — and WTF is that video game sequences? However, the way he keeps lying while slowly reviewing to be in a green screen stage is one of the shows biggest highlights. Thank goodness it doesn’t happen that much (sarcasm intended).
I also read a few comic books, including the webtoon version of Heartstopper, which is as cozy as it gets. I’m interesting in watching the show, just not for now. On the other hand, Phoebe Bridgers’ 2020 album Punisher just got the most of my attention this month, and that is a boast. The album is mind-blowing, the way she finishes it… when the arrangements of the opening instrumental kick again in full blown big band style, with horns, scream and all, it is the most satisfying and emotional inducing way to start your day staring the moon while the sun struggles to rise. That’s art.
So, that’s it for this month. Go watch some of these if you want to. Hope to bring more movies next time.