‘Silence’ – Martin Scorsese’s Best Movie?

Today is Martin Scorsese’s birthday and I’m celebrating with a hot take. Scorsese is no stranger to pissing off the masses, whether it’s the Catholic church in reaction to The Last Temptation of Christ, or diehard Marvel fans in regards to him existing as a person. (He leads, I follow.) So I’ll say this straight up: Silence, out of a legendary body of work, just might be Scorsese’s best movie.

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Midnight Mass: Bev Keane and the Horrors of Zealotry

Every character in Midnight Mass is a believer in something and most of them are cool about it. Riley Flynn believes he’s damned, his mother Annie believes he’s worthy of God’s love, Erin Greene believes everything happens for a reason, and Dr. Sarah Gunning believes in science. (My girl ✊) They won’t dump any of this on you unless you’re having a one-on-one conversation with them.

Everybody on Crockett Island is level-headed about their faith. Except Bev Keane.

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‘Midnight Mass’ and the Monologue that Shattered Me

No matter the medium or genre, you will always run into scenes with two people talking. Sometimes the talking serves a purpose, other times it’s a slog you have to get through to get to the more exciting bits. In writer-director Mike Flanagan’s stories, sometimes characters do nothing but talk—to the point that it’s become its own subset of memes.

Across The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor, characters often give deeper ruminations to a simple “how are you?” They give you their whole life story in an anecdote or drop some philosophical kernels to chew on for the rest of the season. This might make Flanagan’s latest, Midnight Mass, sound pompous and long-winded. But, to jump on Flanagan’s wavelength for a minute, don’t we all ponder our purpose in life? Aren’t we all searching for meaning in the vastness of the cosmos?

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