This film has a lot of problems, but its vision of being a jovial retelling of the origins of professional American Football managed to infrequently shine through the thick layers of continuity errors, jarring tone shifts, and uneven pacing. Learning Rick Reilly was a script writer post viewing connected a lot of dots as you could feel his perplexing dad humor scattered throughout and recognize his unfounded confidence in being a funny sports writer. Officially I rate this film 1 Kate Upton boob (IYKYK).
Fall is the survival sub genre at its best. This feels like it should be a found footage film but I believe its sprinkled use of the technique is much more effective and practical. This film has a predictable plot and mediocre performances but overshadowing those are its adequate special effects, satisfying set ups and payoffs, decent plot misdirection, and genuinely terrifying premise.
I didn’t enjoy this film which I am hesitant to admit as I know it is almost universally beloved.
I acknowledge that my perspective is heavily biased as I believe the Soderbergh 2002 remake of Solaris to be an all time great Sci-Fi film as it maintains the fascinating psychological concepts of Tarkovsky’s original while being structured in a more consumable way.
Tarkovsky’s Solaris is an objectively great Sci-Fi film but its pacing and direction style prevented me from fully sinking into its provoking existentialism.
The Batman 2022
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was inspired by the gritty nihilism of The Long Halloween but The Batman fully captured it. The true future home of this film should be in between Thief and Manhunter in the Neo Noir Collection on The Criterion Channel instead of its inevitable dishonest placement in the DC hub on HBO Max in between Aquaman and Wonder Woman.