Movies are good. Except when they're not.
Caddyshack is a movie as messy as its production. A bunch of stars running wild with drugs and alcohol, a set out of control with improv. The movie *feels* like a 98 minutes cut out of 3+ hours of scenes because, well, it is—reportedly the first cut was somewhere over 200 minutes. To cut it down, most of the main story was excised in the process. What's left is a shambling skeleton of a "story" about young teens in the…
It's a real movie, Jack.
It cannot be overstated how perfect every element of this is. From the smartly-crafted script tackling a very modern social issue in a way that offers multiple interpretations just as validly—that somehow humanizes without sympathizing the view of a problematic artist falling from grace—to the precision-crafted production and career-best lead performance. You can really tell that Field was a student of Kubrick; every frame of this picture is as meticulously crafted as Tar herself would…
Avatar: The Way of Water 2022
I loved it. in a way it's Cameron's late period piece—a work containing everything he's been playing with his entire career, from theme to aesthetic. There's a little bit of all his movies in here (of note, how the humans landing on Pandora cops the T2 nuclear blast aesthetic to heighten the horror of colonization).
Love that Cameron's become such a sweetheart in his older age. Way of Water is his sweetest, warmest movie. So much of it is just…
Michael Bay made a movie about how people are fundamentally worth saving where cops are portrayed as violent, vindictive brutes and the only true heroes are medical professionals. it's such an interesting piece in his filmography—BY FAR his most compassionate, least cynical movie. That the Eiza González arc—an EMT who learns to take a personal role in her patient's lives and to honestly, truly care about what happens to them—could even happen in a Bay movie feels impossible. Yet here…