Blindspot 2019, May: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

You would think that after last year, I’d be all done with Stanley Kubrick but no, not even close. Since I’m quite determined to strike off all his movies, I will keep watching. After Dr. Strangelove I’m almost half way there. Hare are my thoughts on this unique political satire.

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BlindSpot 2019, February: Natural Born Killers

As some of you might remember, this was not my first choice for blindspotting this month. I fully intended to watch the Three Colours trilogy but time is an awful thing – it runs out! So when I realised I had a busy weekend ahead, and only 2 days to watch three movies, I almost gave up. But as you can see, giving up means just going ahead and knocking off a pick from next month.

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BlindSpot 2019, January: Solaris

My first Blindspot entry for 2019 is Solaris and I couldn’t be more proud. Not only did I watch an almost 3 hour movie, it was also in Russian, making me read subtitles throughout. Those who know me, know, that subtitles so not appeal to me. Neither do really long movies. But sci-fi is one of my favourite genres, so I’m excited to have knocked off Solaris from my Blindspot list.

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Blindspot 2018, December: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

What better way to end the year 2018 than with my last Blindspot entry?! I think it’s the most fitting end, as it also reflects my year quite well. There were a few bad things, some ugly things, but it was mostly good! Plus, your girl here finished her first Blindspot year with flying colours. All the movies are reviewed, you can find the list at the end. Also, if you want to know what I will be watching for my 2019 Blind Spot Series, go here.

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The 2019 Blind Spot Challenge

Can’t believe 2018 is almost over and it’s time to look towards 2019! Since I managed to be so good with my Blind Spot challenge this year, I decided to challenge myself even more in 2019. Well, that’s at least how I feel when I look at my list of 14 movies. And yes, I’m doing another trilogy month. But also, the latest movie made in this list came out in 1994. That’s pretty awesome in my opinion! That being said, take a look at my list to see which blind spots I will light up in the upcoming year!

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Blindspot 2018, November: The Graduate

When I sat down to watch The Graduate, I only knew its famous last scene where the characters drive off in a bus, looking sad and defeated. There wasn’t even a moment where I thought this is the movie with the famous “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me!” quote!! Like, this is where the Mrs. Robinson figure of speech comes from. A bit baffled by it, I continued watching and here are my final thoughts.

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BLINDSPOT 2018, OCTOBER: BOOGIE NIGHTS

RIP Burt Reynolds

It’s a bitter coincidence that my 2018 Blindspot October pick happens to include one of Burt Reynolds’ famous roles. Reynolds, who died a little over a month ago, was a film legend in his own right. My first Boogie Nights experience was definitely affected by seeing this man on screen so soon after his passing. But the movie also features Phillip Seymour Hoffman, which simply adds salt to the wounds. Because its Hoffman’s early passing, leaving his career unfinished, that hurts here the most. Hoffman’s strong presence on the background of Boogie Nights is what helped to create an extremely layered film.

 

I wanted to sit down and write about Boogie Nights right after I watched it. No, that isn’t true, I wanted to write during it. The film, released in 1997, is over 20 years old but it’s biggest theme is still an issue in today’s Hollywood. It’s the money hungry white men that run the business, and everybody else suffers, especially the women. Boogie Nights, while being a film about an adult porn actor, surely feels like a much bigger film. And it doesn’t seem that far from the current reality.

You know, I’m gonna be a great big bright, shining star.
– Dirk Diggler

Boogie Nights opens with a 17 year old Eddie working at a night club, and being spotted by an adult filmmaker Jack Horner. Eddie is cocky and definitely not shy about his sexuality, probably because he is well hung and knows it. After attracting the filmmakers attention, they make their first film together, for which Eddie changes his name to Dirk Diggler. The film progresses to tell a story of the uphill momentum Dirk has in the industry, to his fast decline later on. Also providing some strong supporting stories along with it, Boogie Nights is a dark, slightly comedic, but mostly dramatic portrait of lost souls.

There are strong performances from all the supporting actors, and the only one, who does stand out for not being 100%, is Mark Wahlberg. Then again, I know his strengths and I do think he learned a lot from Boogie Nights. His performances in The Departed, for instance, is spot on. Yet, the self-doubt that Wahlberg possesses here works for Dirk Diggler in the end. His character starts to unravel, and it’s almost like he breaks down.

What does stand out the most with my Boogie Nights experience is the fact that I found it a lot more watchable. Most likely due to the fact that it is from 1997, which feels comfortable to me. I grew up watching 90’s movies, and it’s what I associate my childhood with. It made me feel nostalgic. Plus, that full monty in the end, made me laugh and gave the film a huge ending!


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