For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
I Heart Huckabees
An existential comedy
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
It doesn't really matter that this film is incoherent and senseless. All that matters is that these lovable characters believe the bullshit coming out of their mouths, and they end up feeling a lot better because of all their talking and crazy antics. It's so much fun to watch the lightbulb go off for a character every now and then. When they get it, I let myself feel like I get it, too…. Even though I don't.
The film relies heavily on dialogue and monologues to get its ideas across. Without some excellent performances, this wouldn't have worked. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin were cute with their over-the-top PDA. Mark Wahlberg is surprisingly endearing…
This is the type of film that will always feel self-indulgent because it's a pretty hard, or even impossible to connect to the story and to try to figure if the director is trying to say something new or if it's just another piece of garbage filled with cheap philosophies.
David O. Russel's film is basically about a company of peculiar detectives who perform their jobs in a very distinct way as their goal is to cure their 'customers' as if they (the detectives) were psychiatrists. It's the type of premise that could have eventually worked if the crew in general wasn't so focused on creating something different or if it had 'received' a different execution.
This is just another…
"The universe is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."
Having seen David O. Russell's last three films which amassed him several Oscar nominations, I wanted to go back to one of his earlier projects that I missed. I had heard mix reviews about I Heart Huckabees, but I went into it with high expectations considering his latest films blew me away. I was really disappointed with the film despite the talented cast because the premise didn't appeal to me and the comedy didn't work for me either. The film centers on philosophical elements such as existentialism and nihilism, but it is treated in such a way that it seemed as if they were making…
I've expressed in the past I am a big fan of philosophy. All these ideas within and about the world fascinate me. I thought that would make me an existentialist. Apparently I was wrong? Looking at this film, and correct me if I'm wrong...
Existentialists believe that everything is connected and everything is important; everything happens for a reason.
Nihilists believe that nothing is connected and nothing is important; everything happens for no reason.
At least that's the gist of it.
This is very interesting subject matter and also very dark and deep when you think about it. I'll admit, those philosophical ideas are some of the reasons why I loved this, but the main reason is how well it…
I watched I Heart Huckabees a couple of weeks ago, and I thought positively of it as it surprised me, and by the end of it, I was happy with what I just watched. The second time round was still positive, but then I started to see the problems of the film much more clearly than I did during my initial viewing. The film's problems aren't enough to hold me back from watching this again, as the positive outweighs the negative but I Heart Huckabees is a weaker entry when compared to the standards that director, David O. Russell has provided us in recent years.
The film was written by Jeff Baena and David O. Russell. Russell has been known…
“Wake up, pretty girl, the joke is on you!”
I am in love with David O. Russell and this film is extraordinary.
This is a film that I had vaguely remembered, but never seen in full. It deserves to be seen as much as possible and to receive much more appreciation. It's delightful and thought-provoking and hilarious and dark and strange and amazing.
The cast is beyond stellar, but two performances are especially outstanding: Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts.
My feelings toward Mark Wahlberg are rather mixed, but it is amazing how good he can be when given great material. This might be his best performance to date.
Naomi Watts is the greatest actress in existence. Her performance here is unsurprisingly sublime, but it was a bit shocking to see just how hilarious she is.
I can see this film becoming an all-time favorite very soon. Thank you so very much, David O. Russell!
Painfully earnest Mark Wahlberg is the only Mark Wahlberg worth watching.
Definitely the last vestige of David O. Russell's interest in telling a provoking, risky story (unless that Joy trailer is incredibly misleading) by subverting cliché instead of indulging in it. I used to have Nailed as my #1 "wish I could watch" list to see exactly what caused the change in his interests and style, but now that Accidental Love exists, that doesn't feel so necessary.
Might be a bit hampered by pedestrian direction (it IS David O. Russell, after all), but I still think this is a legitimately great film. BUT DOES ANYONE BELIEVE ME? NO!
This is a world where people think American Hustle is a good movie too, so I don't know what y'all smokin'.
It's like David O Russell saw a Paul Thomas Anderson film and said - I can do that. No, DOR, you can't.
David O. Russell is one of those filmmakers who despite being a big name, and mostly liking what I've seen of his work, I'm fairly unfamiliar with him. This is another good one of his, a varied mesh of concepts rolled up together, but like his other movies that I've seen, it doesn't fully drive me to dig too much more into his work.
At one level, the supremely postmodern irony that came of age in the 90s was all about recognising that real life is mediated through conventions, codes and cliches. But it was also about recognising that real life was mediated full stop, a defence mechanism against a world in which different media were starting to converge at an unprecedented rate. Twenty years along the track, dwelling on that mediation no longer seems novel, nor particular accurate, since one of the byproducts of ubiquitous social media is that sites of mediation no longer feel discrete, local or concrete any more – the mediasphere has imperceptibly bled into the substance of everyday life rather than continuing to mediate it in a traditional sense.…
Pas facile de noter les films avec ces 5 étoiles.
Chacun peut utiliser cette notation sur différents facteurs, plus ou moins objectifs ou subjectifs. On pourrait imaginer par exemple essayer de mettre le plus possible de côté des préférences personnelles et juger un film uniquement sur ses valeurs techniques (qualité de l'image, du son, montage, éclairage, jeu des acteurs,...etc..).
J'ai fait cette petite intro car j'ai hésité un instant sur la note que je donnais à ce film (que je viens de voir) par rapport à un film que j'ai vu hier : "Burn after Reading".
Les deux films n'ont rien à voir... à part le fait d'être deux comédies.
Mais ils m'ont tous les deux plu de façon…
This film makes me angry for some reason. I mean look at the poster, looks like an advert for life insurance. is Naomi watts applying face cream?
Echoes of Wes Anderson and Jean-Luc Godard and screwball dialogue on nihilism abound in a film about a man puzzled by coincidences in his life, the "existential investigators" he hires to solve them, and friends, acquaintances, and co-workers who each delve into their own philosophical inquiries. The cast that populates this chaotic, overwhelmingly energetic film is obviously talented. Jude Law shows off his screwball chops, Jason Schwarzman provides the pitch-perfect lead, and Dustin Hoffman successfully embodies the absurd humor of the movie, but it's Mark Wahlberg who shows he must be reconsidered as an effective comedic actor.
The film never slows down; there doesn't seem to be much of a plot while things are happening. In fact, what is I…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…