One of the unintended effects of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s De Palma is in its capacity to produce a sigh of relief at finding a documentary that reaffirms most if not all of your preconceptions about its subject. It’s capital A Advocacy for the American auteur, with Baumbach and Paltrow capturing Brian De Palma in medium close-up for the duration of the film as he candidly discusses his successes and failures, film by film, with excerpts from those pictures interspersed throughout.
Hypermasculine male protagonists have steered the sensory and stoic qualities of Nicolas Winding Refn’s films. The wielders of violence, whether it’s the clench of Ryan Gosling’s fists in Only God Forgives, gripping a hammer inDrive, or Tom Hardy’s sturdy physical constitution in Bronson, have unleashed their brand of violence through brute male force; aggression in its physical form, in Refn’s films, is a purely masculine trait.
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