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Multiple generations of American anime fans have only been able to appreciate Mamoru Oshiis beguiling art film in bootleg formwhether via imported home media or online links. But despite originally being made to go direct-to-video, this is absolutely worth catching on a big screen, in an environment where a viewer can be fully immersed in the movies gorgeous visuals and uncanny tone.
As it is, Andrew Dominiks Blonde (2022) is the twenty-second movie about Monroe, and when you look past its eye-rolling shock factor, its high-profile actors, and its attempts at arthouse, it remains the same tired story weve always gotten. But this time, Andrew Dominik, Joyce Carol Oates, and even Ana de Armas have the audacity to tell us that what theyve done to Monroe is a feminist act.
The film begins with a misleading suggestion of violence, which, when paired with the immediate verbal clarification that there actually isnt any, serves as a witty meta commentary on the place of Decision to Leave within Parks typically violent filmography.
Returning to his roots with a long delayed sequel to his breakout film, Kevin Smiths final entry in the Clerks trilogy is perhaps his most sincere and earnest film. It is also a product of Smiths life and wild career.
An indie art film, a historical biopic, and an adventurous satire from this falls festival. Oh my!