What if Alexander Payne directed CALIFORNIA SPLIT? Too bad it suffers from the dreaded "too many endings" syndrome that reached an apex with SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE. Still, the more I see of Mendelsohn, the more he's becoming a favorite of mine. And I'm a total sucker for a good movie about struggling gamblers. Not groundbreaking, but quite good for what it is.
How this opened in the suburbs is beyond me. The first "dinner" scene is when one walkout occurred. The second walkout occurred shortly after a character uses the bathroom. One moment I loved, the latter I hated.
But it's Eli Roth doing Eli Roth -- portraying cultural ignorance and blind activism with a love of the cannibal subgenre. I think I went in expecting to be utterly shocked and repulsed. Definitely grossed out, and then, a bit perplexed by the…
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…
Big turnaround here! It took me a 2nd viewing to finally declare this is as a masterpiece of subtle spikes of paranoia, exploring the mystery at the heart of a hard crime, be it personal or political or both. My initial review is that this film is a meandering mess, but it's not. Not really. There are detours that add up to the overall idea that I THINK both PTA and Pynchon share: narratives don't matter in this cluttered cultural…