a really big movie, and a really small one
everything that happened at Flick Filosopher between Monday, March 29th, and Sunday, April 4th, 2021
Well, I say “a really big movie,” but the fact is I had to watch Godzilla vs. Kong on my laptop. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it twice, in fact. And still, I am very much looking forward to seeing it again, on the biggest screen possible (IMAX, I hope!) once it’s safe to go back to cinemas. I have no doubt that this movie, and lots of others that we’ve all been watching at home this past year, will get big-screen (re)releases in the next year or two. There will be lots of demand for it.
There’s been so much chatter in the past 12 months, since the first big was-gonna-be-a-blockbuster bypassed virus-infected cinemas and debuted online (that would be Trolls: World Tour, which I reviewed almost exactly a year ago), about The Future of Cinema. My prediction:
Exhibitor Relations Co. @ERCboxofficeWith the out-of-the-gate success of GODZILLA VS KONG domestically, Warner Media’s simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release plan just keeps looking better and better. Box office and streaming both benefitting from that mighty swing.
(Read some of the replies to my tweet, including a few of my own, for a bit more exploration.)
I am, of course, looking forward to the big-screen experience again. But I am also enjoying not feeling like the only conversation about film that matters is the one centered around the multiplex. That’s good for film, and good for everyone.
PS: Oh, yes, Godzilla vs. Kong is also in wide theatrical release in the United States, and earned a lot of money over its opening weekend. (Cinemas are still closed in the UK, where I am.) Not as much as it would have before the pandemic, but still. Yikes, people. I really don’t understand how anyone could feel safe sitting in a poorly ventilated movie theater with the country still reporting many tens of thousands of new COVID cases every day.
new at flick filosopher, Mar 29–Apr 04
hidden gems from Amazon Prime, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu
Passion, creativity, and suspense in stillness… (A teaser of an essay for Patreon patrons and Substack subscribers only.) [read more]
new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, US/Can, Mar 31–Apr 02
Postadolescent cringe at a funeral; this year’s Oscar-nominated short films; more… [get the full rundown]
new and ongoing dvd/blu/vod releases, UK/Ire, Mar 29–Apr 02
A quirky — too quirky — movie about a confused tween; this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts; more… [get the full rundown]
Shiva Baby movie review: secrets, lies, and other adulting
A wonder of emotional claustrophobia and narrative economy. Rachel Sennott is delightfully caustic in this painfully poignant, dryly funny portrait of a deeply awful moment of young adulthood. [read the review | in US virtual cinemas; streaming US/Can; see review for links]
Godzilla vs. Kong movie review: whole earth monster catalog (#HBO) [pictured]
Everything a monster movie needs: Monsters, natch. Cute kids who Know Things. Nerdy-hot scientists. Spectacular sci-fi visions. Humor but no cheese. Warmth but no schmaltz. And a superb green message. [read the review | in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US; streaming UK; see review for links]
Tweet of the week…
coming up at Flick Filosopher…
Oscar-nominated shorts, one of my favorite things about awards season
more Oscar nominees
Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs, maybe, finally?
doc Own the Room (from the people who gave us Science Fair)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Netflix’s Moxie, from director Amy Poehler
oh, I’d really love to get to Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar