"We just saw Elaine Stritch on Broadway, she was great! Wanna do some cocaine?" - Paula Chase (Stockard Channing)
Even when Woody's off his game, he's still got it. There are some damn-near classic Woody lines in this film. For example:
Amanda (Christina Ricci): I've had a crush on you since we met. Couldn't you tell, the way I was ignoring you?
Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs): Well, there was something compelling about your apathy.
The problem with the movie is…
I watched this film because the trailer was one of the few that has grabbed me purely on its hook in recent months ("Transcendence" being a notable other).
This was going to be a high-IQ philosophy drama, with a deep exploration of an interesting post-apocalyptic scenario: 20 people. Only 10 can survive. Which 10 do you choose? It's high-concept, and it's provocative. A whole film could be spent on the intricacies of that decision--and this movie almost does expend its…
Q: Can a thing become more perfect with each repeated viewing?
A: Yeah, The Social Network.
I'll pose a difficult hypothesis: Everyone who's ever seen this film, even once, likely is a noticeably better person now than when they walked in. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a study on how watching a film can influence one's capacity for empathy (positively or negatively)?
Clearly, it's 2AM and I need to do some writing. Go watch this again and remember what excellence looks like.