“First as tragedy, then as farce”. Stone’s film moves between touching serious drama and scandalous conspiratorial ambivalence. The film appears to seek some kind of truth, a resolution to a subconscious trauma, yet the mysterious intrigues are enveloped in a self-aware masquerade.
The characters played by Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, John Candy or Donald Sutherland are all closer to caricatures than to real people, and add a cartoonish, almost surreal facade to the plot. A plot that constantly deviates…
I really loved Elaine May's previous comedies but I don't know how to feel about this one. When May’s cynical humor is at work, and you’re supposed to laugh at the characters, it's great. But when you're supposed to laugh with the characters the jokes often fall flat. The problem really begins when they arrive to North Africa. Up until then the film has been more of a New Hollywood-type comedy, but once they get to the fictional country of…
I love how you can clearly see that she's wearing a shitty "wasp" costume, it adds a whole new level of unintentional depth into the movie: what if she never really transforms into a wasp, what if she's just a serial killer that puts on a costume because she's a bipolar sociopath or something?
Corman might be a genius after all.
Stanley Kubrick covered various and different genres through all his career, from film-noirs like The Killing and Killer’s Kiss, to big epic spectacles like the historical Spartacus and the futuristic 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, and also covering the horror and psychological thriller genres, among others. Although I’d say that one of his bigger inputs was in War Films, going back to this genre multiple times, firstly with the amateur Fear and Desire, then with Paths of Glory and ultimately,…