“Haunted Elevator (ft. David S. Pumpkins)” launched the world to “the Santa Claus of Halloween” as performed by an totally ridiculous Tom Hanks, who was flanked by sketch creators, Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan, playing dancing beat-boy skeletons. The decidedly non-political skit charmed everybody, racked up millions of views on YouTube and inspired a plethora of copycat costumes as well as a Funko Pop! A yr later, NBC introduced the character again to life, this time in animated kind.
That combination of identification and revulsion, when it works this magnificently, could be transcendent — making us feel as if the filmmaker has not simply told an excellent story, however unlocked something important about our actuality. Marcello avoids didacticism, instead utilizing the textures of the film to evoke Martin’s ideological journey. The director, who comes from the documentary world and nonetheless maintains a lot of that spirit, cuts regularly to grainy, … Read More