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…
i fucking hate huckabees.
i tried folks; i tried. but i can not put my displeasure towards this self-indulgent piece-of-shit into words. it is encompasses everything that i hate about contemporary cinema.
this is the type of movie that some bitch-ass white girl would watch one night and then immediately proclaim it as her favorite film. she thinks she is smart for liking it. she is actually a dumbass for liking it, because it sucks. of course jennifer lawrence, of all people, loves this movie, it's why she worked with o. russell in the first place. she's the queen of the white girls.
if i watch a worse movie before the end of the year, i will seriously consider killing…
"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!
A talented cast is reduced to a slobbering mess of drivel. Bullshit of the highest order.
Finally a David O'Russell film that I can get behind! This film actually tries to have a strong plot rather than betting on the performances to push the finished product out of mediocrity.
I found it really funny and sufficiently weird and charming. The performances are all very good, with the exception of Jude Law's inconsistent accent. Mark Wahlberg in particular was hilarious and I loved Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin as the existential detectives.
There are a few dumb moments here and there, but I never feel as if the film is taking it self so seriously that they become obnoxious. I thought the plot was really well written and had plenty of good comedy and drama.
I thought it was pretty great on the whole, well written, enjoyably absurd and had some decent meaning behind it.
I enjoyed the unique style and subject matter of this movie but my mind wandered and I lost interest several times. The movie confused me yet I felt no desire to try to understand it.
I Heart Huckabees is a messy, messy film, whose philosophical offerings meander around a narrative filled with empty, flat characters, and empty, flat emotions. This is the kind of film that tries far too hard to be something different, something unique.
It feels like one of those purposefully 'ambiguous' works of art that aims to be polarizing so that it can dismiss those who don't enjoy it as not 'getting it' or understanding its meaning.
I will give appropriate credit where it is due: Mark Wahlberg and Lily Tomlin deliver two knock-out performances, shading their characters and committing wholeheartedly to their roles. Their commitment provided some of the only moments where the comedy lands, where the 'does this mean anything' didn't really matter, and where the playfulness of their performances provided some relief to the underwhelming direction of the film.
Sometimes ambiguity works. Sometimes it doesn't. This was a case of it not working at all.
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I'm honestly not sure what I just watched. But I know I didn't hate it...so that's good...right?
Indulges so heavily in its broad, pseudo-intellectual existential musings that any emotional tissue, such as an interesting story or engaging characters, is totally absent. However, I can't dislike the film entirely when it made me laugh a good few times - particularly Mark Wahlberg who (strap in, everyone, here comes a hot take) confirms once again that he's one of the most naturally gifted comic actors of the last decade.
Brilliant,Philosophical,Spiritual,Surreal,Thought provoking, and FUNNY...........
Albert Markovski - They're not always meaningful.
Vivian (Existential Investigator) - Yeah, it's meaningful.
Albert Markovski - Meaningful How?,That's what I want you to find out.
Vivian (Existential Investigator) - About your life?.
Albert Markovski - Yeah, about my life., And about the whole thing... About the universe, you know?... The big one....,I mean, should I keep doing, What I'm doing?.... Is it hopeless?.....
Vivian (Existential Investigator) - Mr. Markovski, we see a lot of people in here...who claim they want to know the ultimate truth about reality.
They want to peer under the surface at the big everything...but this can be a very painful process full of surprises. It can dismantle the world as you…
I'm... I'm gonna have to watch this again.
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***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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