Recent entries from 1MoreFilmBlog: James Vance vs. Judas Priest, The Maid’s Room, Boyhood, Levitated Mass, Get on Up

Kenneth R. Morefield  is a busy blogger at Patheos’ 1MoreFilmBog. Here are some of his recent entries:

Poster for Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (Taylor, 1992)Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest (Taylor, 1992)

…Dream Deceivers stops short of insisting on an explicit connection between Mrs. Vance’s religion and her willingness to blame heavy metal music for her family’s dysfunction. But only just. Taylor went on to direct With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America, so I don’t think all of the antipathy towards the family’s religion is projected or imagined….
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The Maid’s Room (Walker, 2013)

…It is revealed that the Crawfords are Catholic, and the idea of one feeling compelled to confess a crime is mentioned, but that theme is also dropped after Mr. Crawford brags of his well-known generosity toward charities to a priest who is helping two Hispanic friends of Drina’s search for her. If Mr. Crawford has a religious background as the film suggests, it is incredible that he could feel no guilt or remorse whatsoever as he makes shockingly unethical decisions. Actually, it is incredible anyone other than a psychopath could rationalize his actions without hesitation the way Mr. Crawford does…
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Boyhood (Linklater, 2014)

…I found Boyhood very static regarding its character development. To a certain extent such a project would have to have an unscripted quality to it, but the stop-start element of production appears to have lent itself to more emphasis on continuity than development. That gives the film a deterministic, almost fatalistic air that at three hours could be pretty depressing. Rather than see Mason grow up, we see him deal with the same things (disinterested parents, too much freedom, lack of direction) at each stage of his life….
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Levitated Mass (Pray, 2013)

Levitated Mass is one of those delightful, obscure but unheralded documentaries that always seems to congregate around my the bottom of my list of annual favorites. Directed by Doug Pray, it tells the story of the conception and installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) of Michael Heizer’s art piece of the same name….
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Get on Up (Taylor, 2014)

…Despite a weaker ending, the film succeeds overall. Even if, like me, you care little for Brown’s music, there is still a lot in the film about race, gender relations, friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, childhood, and determination to give you plenty to think about….
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