#271 – Top 10 Last 10
Zach and James rank and discuss the last 10 movies they watched, regardless of genre or decade or anything that would make sense.
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- Get Out
- Tower (Doc)
- Under the Shadow
- Kong: Skull Island
- The Edge Of Seventeen
- A Cure for Wellness
- The Great Wall
- Why Him?
- The Life of Oharu
- The Edge of Seventeen
- Miss Sloane
- Army of Shadows
- Le Cercle Rouge
- Perfect Sense
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Finding Dory
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Have to disagree with your take on The Great Wall. What you found silly I found visually beautiful. If there is one thing the film does extremely well is represent the scope of its story.
But more than that, I think you are misrepresenting the story. It’s actually entrenched in a familiar style of storytelling, and the story itself comes out of ancient Chinese lore. What you found silly actually holds a great deal of importance in that cultural expression and oral tradition, and the way they incorporate Damon actually works to highlight the tradition of the story (rather than treading careful ground in painting him as a hero).
I loved the way the film highlighted a more Eastern interpretation of storytelling, and the way the story itself highlighted the Chinese culture and an important story within their culture.
I have to disagree with your take on The Great Wall.
On one level, what found silly I found beautiful to watch on the big screen. If the film gets one thing right (and I think it gets more), it is scope.
At the same time, I think you are missing the context for the story itself. The film is entrenched in an Eastern style of storytelling, which I found refreshing. Further, the story itself actually comes from an important oral tradition in Chinese culture, and the way it uses this to bring us into this culture’s history and expression was quite good. The story would not come across as silly in that context, and in-fact has been told for many years. It was refreshing to listen to a story from a different perspective than the familiar Western tropes, and even though they cast Damon, the film actually uses him to highlight the stories Eastern influences.