Episode 109: SIFF 2021: Sweat / Faya Dayi / The Earth is Blue as an Orange

“The world is blue as an orange
No error the words do not lie
They no longer allow you to sing
In the tower of kisses agreement
The madness the love
She her mouth of alliance
All the secrets all the smiles
Or what dress of indulgence
To believe in quite naked.
The wasps flourish greenly Dawn goes by round her neck
A necklace of windows
You are all the solar joys
All the sun of this earth
On the roads of your beauty.”

Paul Eluard’s Poem – The World Is Blue As An Orange

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On Episode 109 of Drink in the Movies Michael & Taylor discuss their First Impressions of: Zola & Those Who Wish Me Dead and the SIFF 2021 Films: Sweat, Faya Dayi, and The Earth is Blue as an Orange.

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Episode 107: Most Anticipated Films of 2021

“In contradiction and paradox, you can find truth.”

Denis Villeneuve

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On Episode 107 of Drink in the Movies Michael and Taylor discuss their Most Anticipated Films of 2021.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead

Written by Alexander Reams

78/100

Taylor Sheridan has already had a good year with his screenplay for Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse already released and now his second directorial effort is here. While this film has drawn criticism for being predictable, I have found that is because this film is vastly different from his previous film Wind River. Those Who Wish Me Dead is based on the novel by Michael Koryta and stars Angelina Jolie, Aidan Gillen, Nicholas Hoult, and Jon Bernthal. It tracks Jolie as she protects a teenager from assassins attempting to kill him after he witnesses a murder. 

The story is very predictable. We’ve seen vast reiterations of these same tropes and character events throughout the years. What sets this film apart from these other iterations is the style that Sheridan brings with his direction. His sense of how to block scenes and where to place the camera is nothing short of brilliant, especially in a scene towards the end. 

Despite these negatives, the performances of Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Aidan Gillen, Jon Bernthal, and relative newcomer Finn Little all make this well worth a watch. Along with a smart screenplay from Sheridan, Charles Leavitt, and Michael Koryta (based on his novel) and possibly Brian Tyler’s best score yet all make this film a highly enjoyable thriller that you just don’t see much of anymore.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead is currently streaming on HBO Max.

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