Hello gang. This week I, The Vern was able to catch a few flicks now playing at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival aka MSPIFF(visit link to learn more) This is their 41st year and it's so great to be back in the theater to watch movies again. I'll have more titles posted next week. Also, included are other movies I had a chance to watch.
From the fest
The Strangest Girl in the World
The Art of Making It
Before I begin I should stress the fact that I know nothing of the art world, zero. I only know about Banksey because I watched that one documentary and I don’t even remember the name of it.
Kelcey Edwards’ documentary about the struggles artists face to have their work seen by the public rather than private buyers has a good message that feels lost in its delivery. One of the main points is that there is no Government funding for the arts here when many other countries have one. I wish the movie dug into why this happened and what can be done to fix it. Also, the movie establishes that during Covid a lot of galleries lost money because no one could visit them. Many artists lost funds because they could not put on a show. Couldn’t these artists network with each other and help put on a show themselves. There is an art museum that I do need to visit more often than I do. The documentary makes a good point that if everyone just throws in five bucks we could help save art galleries. I just wish the movie made the message a little bit more clearly. Because all I saw for two hours was just complaints instead of action
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness
Sam Raimi returns to the MCU in this sequel which has Doctor Strange protecting a young girl from the angry Scarlet Witch. Who is hell bent on using the girl’s power of navigating multi verses to connect with the children she created. (Watch Wanda Vision for more info on that). The movie made be one of the shortest in the MCU at two hours and six minutes and while Sam Raimi’s name is attached to this. I only saw his style in some scenes instead of the whole movie. The Spider-Man films from the early 2000’s all featured his trademarks throughout the movie. Doctor Strange 2 felt like the original director (Scott Derickson) came on and was fired halfway through production. The last 30 minutes are among the best in my opinion.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
A young girl finds a large egg and decides to care for the creature inside it. This body horror feature from Hanna Bergholm is fun in parts, but I was so frustrated with the ending. I don’t know if I should recommend this or not. The mother in this is horrible and the way this poor girl gets manipulated by her is terrible. I really wanted very bad things to happen to her and I never got it. Maybe the English remake will have a better ending.
A Bassa Voce (Quietly)
This short feature from Vicente Torres isn’t bad for a short but it’s very confusing. Ok so it starts with this guy who is about to cut into a guy he just killed. It cuts to the title card in red and the camera pulls back to reveal that we are in a kitchen with a mother and daughter. The daughter doesn’t want to eat and so she goes to bed. During the night a burglar breaks in and threatens the girl that he’ll return if she squeals. The next morning she tells her mom that a guy broke in to the house but he is not there because she ate him. We than cut back to the guy who was about to cut into another and it’s revealed that this is the girl’s father. He’s hunting humans to feed to her. I’m confused because why didn’t we hear any screams come from the house when the window was left opened and why was there not any blood on the girl if she did eat a raw human. I get the mom takes sleeping pills and so she could sleep past certain things but as an audience. I think hearing the struggles in the home would be very creepy.