Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Arrives at a somewhat poignant visual metaphor in the closing moments with the image of Ron competing in a bull riding competition (i.e.: no one ever actually “wins,” you simply try and hold on for as long as you can), but this is pretty uninspiring stuff. Less a freewheeling caper about smuggling unapproved AIDS medication into the US and circumventing the oppressive hand of the FDA*, than a variation on the old chestnut…
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Found myself wishing this had received the Andrea Arnold literary adaptation treatment instead of being the garish, CGI-slathered, overly literal eyesore that this was all but guaranteed to be from the moment the project was announced. Baz Luhrmann choosing to tell this story is just redundant.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
The least imaginative time travel film ever or simply the least imaginative film ever? How people can get themselves worked up into a fit of righteous rage over something like BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (which for whatever its faults has a visual sensibility and a general interest beyond the contents of its own bellybutton) while giving this a pass is beyond me. Looks like ass, squanders the considerable charms of Aubrey Plaza…
Spent the entirety of this in a state of near shock at how much better—visually arresting, clever, well structured, outright fun… however one wants to qualify that sort of a statement—than it needed to be as a retread of a famous Sylvester Stallone bomb based on an obscure (in this country anyway) comic book character, only for the end credits to reveal that the film’s production team was hilariously overqualified to be making a 3D,…