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But There IS Joel Kinnaman...

ALT: Joel Kinnaman as Tak Kovacs in a dark, strange world, wearing a blue coat and shirt; he's looking around in wonder.

Oh god, I didn't know whether I could get past the first episode: I love dystopian futures, but this seemed hackneyed... 
Altered Carbon has the feel of sometimes The Hunger Games, sometimes Harry Potter, often Repo! The Genetic Opera or Gotham City or Narcopolis.There's martial arts, comic booky treatments, digital effects and story content. Some of it is dumb, and the names for things in the future are lazy: The Array is the internet, a sleeve is a host, ONIs are basically smartphones, Poe is like TNG's Data, Meths are the 1%, and paying my chip-implanted fingers is technology that's already here. The "strong, independent woman cop" is the lamest character attempt/trope out there, and the actress is terrible. The producers seem to be trying to appease audiences on every front rather than trying to make a solid, consistent product. 
But I…

The Blind Christ

photo: Film Factory Entertainment
The Blind Christ or El Cristo Ciego(Christopher Murray, 2016, Chilean) with  Pedro Godoy, Ana María Henríquez, Bastián Insotroza, and local extras.
If you like quiet, slow films, you'll enjoy this story about pilgrimage, told by a prophet, often in parables. The character (and indeed the mood) often reminded me of the silent, watching Christ figure in Kieslowski's Dekalog.Fairly sure my film theology prof Adelmo Dunghe would put this on his list of transcendent films! Poetic and at times painful to watch, both visually and emotionally. Loved it. 

At age five, my son said, "I was born because God knew I needed a mum." Out of the mouths of babes...

Two Women Who Say "Fuck It!" in Two Very Different Ways

Two women, two decades apart, are fed up, and they both decide to do something about it.

You'll barely recognize Elijah Wood or Crazy Rose from Two and a Half Men: Melanie Lynskey is showing her true acting chops. This super-quirky film is violent, but the humour is a balm in this crazy story about a not crazy value. Basically, character Ruth just wants everyone to stop being assholes to each other. It's original in myriad ways, and a real delight as a change from Schmollywood productions, from the soundtrack right down to the real, Oregonian fireflies in the last scene.
2017, Accessed on Netflix. Director: Macon Blair Starring: Elijah Wood, Melanie Lynskey, David Yow, Devon Graye, Christine Woods, Jane Levy, Gary Anthony Williams, Robert Longstreet My Happy FamilyPeople being assholes in different, Georgian ways (and ways as yet unknown to our heroine), this is also funny but with a little more pathos than dark humour. And it has a great ending. I recently got hell from students …