@tomchick, you are right to call out my lazy use of “torture porn.” Dingus said what I actually meant to say about it being a rape revenge movie. I think I used the word porn because I felt like the audience was presented a scenario that would infuriate them in way that they would then get off on the frontier justice meted out to the perpetrators. Something like that. Obviously not torture porn though, you are right.
I was also thinking about how suddenly the stakes were raised in what had previously been a murder mystery movie. Now it’s about violent rape and mass killings? Ok. I didn’t think it was justified in the context of what I had been watching, so the movie lost my investment into the story.
I meant to say all that in one sentence I dashed off in an e-mail before the clock hit midnight.
To Tom’s point about finding out the answer to why a woman would run herself to death in the snow, I think rape/violence is the most obvious, most realistic answer, but it’s not a satisfying reveal to a story that has presented itself as mystery. I think another listener also said something like that in his e-mail.
After rewatching Nocturnal Animals and then seeing Good Time the night before I saw Wind River I felt those movies did a much better job of portraying escalating tension. The key difference with NA is that the story within a story has a larger context than its trashy revenge story.
I also recently rewatched Manchester by the Sea, and I couldn’t help but think, “Leave dead children to the masters, Taylor,” anytime Kendall Jenner- No, um, Yul Brynner? Come on, tip of my brain… Anyway, Hawkeye. Anytime Hawkeye felt sad about his daughter the writer and actor just couldn’t quite get me to the intended emotional level. And I’m not a monster: Manchester had me stoically bawling.
Dingus now gets to bring up Seinfeld whenever he wants cause Tom used Fortified or whatever it’s called for his over/under. Justified? Anyway, Tom picked some TV show.
“A sitcom. Can you imagine? And he actually tried to use it to hit on me!”
Kelly pronouncing window as whine-doh. Very good.