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Monster Hunter (2020)
Behind our world, there is another.
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson

A portal transports Cpt. Artemis and an elite unit of soldiers to a strange world where powerful monsters rule with deadly ferocity. Faced with relentless danger, the team encounters a mysterious hunter who may be their only hope to find a way home.

Monster Hunter (2020)


Back when I was doing this full time, I maintained a database of films where the filmmaker and actor (usually an actress) were lovers. It often imparts a situated intimacy, because you nearly literally see a soul through a lover’s eyes. Is there anything as erotic in fiction? I’m thinking of a Judy Garland scene in “Meet Me in St Louis”.

There are many, many examples. Some more interesting ones have a history where the filmmaker creates a project for his lover, where you can see a struggle between what is required for the art, and what pulls away from or adds to from the maintained passion.

Milla is interesting because she both holds the record of single pairings — soon to be nine with her current husband, and a record of multiple pairings because of her previous husband.

I think Luc did better by her because he understands storytelling and was able to illuminate her by what surrounds her. Anderson seems to do the opposite by creating set pieces for her to simply move through. It is as if she negotiates the way she appears and he merely facilitates. Stallone operates the same way.

This is not love, but codependence, and a constant struggle with monsters.

The folding here is external, and of the kind we’ve tracked before: filmmakers with actresses who are lovers.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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