A slice of rock and roll flavored comfort food. Patrick Fugit is not a great actor, but it’s often endearing given the innocent nature of his character. It’s clear why Kate Hudson got so much attention for her turn as the illustrious Penny Lane, but it still amazes me that Billy Crudup didn’t became a bigger star out of this. That being said, if there was a version of this film that was 90% scenes of Lester Bangs, it’d be a masterpiece. Oh and that soundtrack is pretty, pretty, pretty good!
Fight Club was my gateway drug into the filmography of David Fincher, and for that I’m forever grateful. But it’s not quite what it once was for me, even if I still enjoy watching it. Its anarchic, provocative, and darkly humorous approach to tackling masculinity and consumerism is interesting and fun to watch unfold, but the film doesn’t land anywhere near the top of the director’s work. Also, maybe it’s because I watched this on an old DVD transfer, but…
Much like the classical compositions that Cate Blanchett’s Lydia Tár conducts, Todd Field’s latest film (and my first of his) is exquisitely crafted and succeeds in the strength of its nuances. Field uses ice-cold, widescreen cinematography and carefully-crafted sound design to probe a rich, complicated character and explore themes that are of the utmost relevance to today’s society. The cinematic counterpart that most came to mind was Martin Scorsese’s boxing masterpiece, Raging Bull, and not just because both films are…
I was seriously considering withholding a rating for Oppenheimer until a second viewing, and still feel that I can’t fully evaluate it until then, for a few reasons:
I. The Theater Experience
Due to a chain reaction of events (pun intended) leading up to and at the beginning of the screening, there some scenes at the start of the film that I missed. Not enough that I missed a third of the film, but enough that I felt discombobulated and…