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All of this makes for a wondrous, mesmerizing viewing experience, but “In & Of Itself” doesn’t exactly recreate the experience of attending DelGaudio’s performance; instead, it recreates all of them, tapping into the nature of the experience with remarkable ingenuity. Oz, who also directed the stage show, assembles the feature out of footage shot from several of the 500-plus performances, so that every interactive trick leads to a slick montage that shows its endless permutations. In another context, that might amount to little more than an academic exercise in the variability of magic performances in general, but it actually relates to the specific way in which DelGaudio designed each show to lead into the next.
And over the course of the performance, we get to what really matters, and what makes In & Of Itself one of the most astonishing things I’ve seen in a long time—we see the effect it has on the audience. It doesn’t matter if what we see on the stage can be explained, of course it can. And it doesn’t really even matter if what DelGaudio is saying is actually profound or if it’s just some words dressed up to seem profound. Because just wait, and see the looks on their faces. It’s not simple amazement, it’s something far, far deeper. By the end, DelGaudio makes each person genuinely feel seen as a person. This is an extraordinary gift. And it’s the true magic of In & Of Itself.
DelGaudio’s stories would be engaging enough if told plainly but that’s not what he does. In addition to being a storyteller (the show is described as “a new kind of lyric poem”), he’s also a magician. Again, that might sound cheesy to some, but DelGaudio doesn’t use magic just to amaze or astound his audience (although he does both of those things). Here, it is a very serious storytelling tool. Magic is woven into the very fabric of the show and the way that DelGaudio sucks his audience in and seems to see right into their hearts and minds, as well as his own, feels like such a genuine wonder that it only makes sense to set it against a backdrop of actual magic “tricks.”
It was one of the better/best movies of the genre. Based on my recollection it was a pretty realistic psychological case study.Watched a fantastic horror movie last night, end of the world / zombie genre - it maye sound like "been there, done that", however, it's a really fresh take, and this is really beautifully filmed and acted.
French film, The Night Eats the World (French: La nuit a dévoré le monde), from 2018, the sparse dialog in actually in English.
I don't want to spoil too much, let's just say there's not much setup, not many characters, it's a character study, a slow burn, large sections with no dialog. It does have some pretty gruesome moments, but they're few and far between. There's a payoff, sort of, or maybe not, it doesn't matter, the journey is pretty amazing.
The one thing I will disclose: the zombies, the walking dead - they make no sound. No moaning, no snarling, and it is goddam unnerving, just the occasional clicking of teeth. In fact, the whole movie is very quiet, except when it's not, and then there's lots of drumming - don't ask, watch
It was one of the better/best movies of the genre. Based on my recollection it was a pretty realistic psychological case study.
I really like the reboot at least the first 2 movies.
“Star Trek”, the JJ Abrams love letter to the original 1960s series.
Now I’m not a huge Star Trek fan, but I found the movie immensely enjoyable, in spite of its unlikely plot points like yet another enemy from the future, or a crew that saves the universe being composed entirely of literal space cadets.
What Abrams got right was the relationships of the characters and the humor as well as the adventure aspects. The Enterprise still looks like the Enterprise. In fact the whole thing looks and feels like the original. And, you get to see all these characters come together for the first time and learn to work with each other. And there’s Michael Giacchino’s moving score. Excellent.
It makes me frustrated that that other 1960s space series, Lost in Space, couldn’t get an equally good reboot. If ever a sci-fi series cried out for a chance at a do-over, it’s that one. “Star Trek” the movie just serves as a reminder of everything the Netflix LIS producers got wrong about their remake. If you changed the names of the LIS characters, you probably wouldn’t even recognize it as a reboot of that series.
Anyway, I could go on about the “Star Trek” movie, but this guy’s review basically nailed it in terms of describing what’s right with it.