Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

There are showers and there are growers. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a grower. But even within those parameters, it is a bit unique because this film did not grow on me the way many others do – over a prolonged period of time. Instead. I woke up the very next day after watching it and realized I probably should see it again (I actually did revisit the final act) because it dawned on me that its greatness almost completely escaped me; I didn’t see the forest for the trees.  

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David Fincher and the Bifurcation of the Film Industry

History loves repeating itself. A little over a year ago, Martin Scorsese gave the now infamous interview (here) where he had the audacity to express a view that comic book movies are not real cinema, but theme park attractions. This naturally led to immediate backlash on social media where hordes of rabid Marvel zealots frothed at their mouths for months on end and threatened to publicly burn copies of Taxi Driver. Or something equally dramatic.

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