every night before bed i read the script to Superbad
does what few film video essays do: opens a new dimension in how to watch films. it’s thrilling to see all this LA footage from movies—eventually becoming a hypnotic collage taking you down avenues of thought, architecture, culture, and history.
particularly like that Thom Andersen injects his film opinions to strengthen his larger statements. it’s a bold and confident approach in a documentary that wonderfully widens its subject.
i don’t think modern American cinema is as bad as ppl say, i even think there’s some exciting stuff moving the medium forward. i have begun to see the embryo of what 2020s cinema will look and feel like. even a few of the widescreen compositions are interesting here, and its coexistence angle is worthwhile. all that said, blockbuster entertainment is at its worst since the mid 60s, and this is the lowest entry since Rise of Skywalker.
Goldblum innocent tho, a genuinely good performance that turns every line into something worthwhile and beyond its written potential. i was dying laughing.
*Brian De Palma voice* “what is the force?”
this film is a rosetta stone for how NOT to make a movie. seemingly written with furious disdain and misunderstanding of its predecessor, Rise of Skywalker is like a reddit post by a dude who probly has an action figure of slave Leia.
i’ve never seen a movie completely reject and misunderstand its previous entry (a film that was thoughtful and well crafted no matter how you feel about its decisions) and…
superior to the first in every way—i don’t think it’s even close. setting this in africa is just a no-brainer, you get cool animals everywhere, a great environment for Ace to solve a mystery, and an organic thematic message. just a sturdy movie star comedy.
pretty much every scene makes me laugh, carrey is sinking 3s nonstop. his comedic persona is in full effect, so many quotable lines and gags. plus that fake rhino birth scene is fall-on-the-floor funny; an all timer bit. ditto the opening slinky bit.