Watched as part of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16.
As Butch and Sundance desperately try to escape both their past and their future, be it literally by running from posses or fantasising about their next endeavour, a sense of fatalism hangs constantly in the air, tantalising us like the next big score. At the same time, the film itself seems headed the way of the bicycle, using Western tropes and iconography to undercut expectation, helping to push Hollywood into a…
On the surface it's a fairly well constructed film that threads together into something wondrous and hopeful by the time it's total running time has elapsed. It's nice to witness a film that celebrates the science in science fiction and that attempts recognise that space exploration is truly one of the few things that unites all people on this planet; our wonder and awe at what might be out there and what we are capable of achieving.
Which leads to…
Either Damien Chazelle is a failed musician OR he's an old world, stodgy judge at brass band competitions who is probably also a failed musician. In reality, he's a film director and he's made one of the most frustrating films of 2014.
Whiplash is the by-product of music being stripped of it's creativity, innovation and soul. It's a film about a young man who strives for excellence in an environment that praises technical proficiency and exactness over humanity and the…