There will always be room for movies like “Captive State,” the latest from director Rupert Wyatt, whose “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” kicked off one of the best movie trilogies of the last few decades.
“Captain Marvel” is the first movie in Marvel’s decade-long franchise to feature a leading lady and, despite what online discourse would have you believe, it doesn’t put the entire weight of the world on its shoulders.
“Climax,” Gasper Noé’s latest film venture, is designed to push its audience over the edge. Everything about it, from the plot to the music to the cinematography, is beyond disturbing. And I absolutely loved it.
The prospect of removing crime from its circumstances — of sitting robed, elevated, deciding what individual gets to atone for societal ills and of looking at a child offender with the same removed contempt as one would look at an adult offender: these are absurdities in Labaki’s book.
The Academy’s failure to recognize these films demonstrates its complete disinterest in celebrating movies that challenge their audiences. Horror clearly doesn’t fit the Academy’s ideal of a safe, impactless movie, best exemplified by this year’s Best Picture winner “Green Book”.