Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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…
“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!
You could call the film a big wet noodle or a meaningless farce or an incoherent mess and I wouldn't disagree with those words, yet I still embrace the humorous absurdity of it all. O. Russell is at his best when having his characters antagonize each other and that is pretty much this whole movie. A madhouse of zany hostility. I think all these actors are turning in solidly pompous performances but played straight as black comedy, especially Jude Law who is just perfect as the stuck up asshole who ends up losing everything. It's a broad, showy performance, but I think he outdoes Bradley Cooper in the recent O. Russell stuff by a mile as the character "Brad". Law deserves due credit over Bradley.
With Jesse, Chris, Chitra and Shannon at 5th for a preview. 35mm.
I don't know what I expected, but it definitely wasn't that.
preview at 5th ave with Chitra and all three Whiteman brothers.
No longer reluctant, I can be certain, I really like this movie.
I enjoy this film *because* it is silly, and not in spite of it.
Ugh, early David O. Russell is so good it makes me that much more disappointed late David O. Russell is so bad.
This might be the only movie of its kind: a runaway American production wedged perfectly between high concept farce and philosophical dialectic. (Think The Seventh Seal shoved through a shredder and reassembled in the form of a screwball comedy.) Pretentious? Of course. But also genuine, an endearing vision from a director who is clearly working through some personal bullshit. Is it a coincidence that Jason Schwartzman refers to himself as "director" of his environmentalist chapter? Or that Jude Law cracks up once he's accepted to the corporate level of Huckabees? These elements, among others, work on a literal…
It's a shame whenever David O. Russell rags on this one in interviews; while it may not have been entirely pleasant to make, it's still my favorite of his.
Ugh. Nope. Too abstract for us.
Needlessly convoluted, boringly pompous and a complete waste of good actors... and Jason Schwartzman, who only seems to be able to play one role again and again and again. This one was not for me...
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