a big dumb expensive-looking epic by a director who likes to make big dumb expensive-looking epics, so what's to hate? the white-washing, yeah, not great, but i have more of an issue with the bloodless swordfights mandated by the $200 million dollar budget. i mean, come on, out of all the films that ridley scott should have a director's cut for, THIS is the one that would benefit the most from that, and yet... we're just stuck with this weird…
boring as fuck chang cheh take on the awesome idea of a kung fu/western, which makes it particularly unforgivable as to how uneventful and stale this is. cheh directed 8 films in 1974 and it's clear that no one really gave a damn about this being interesting or unique as it could have been.
every single year we arrive at the shallow end of the filmmaking pool known as awards season, and every single year there's a movie (or several) exactly like nomadland. a touristic faux-docudrama vehicle for the most banal form of misery porn, presenting itself with all the deliberately-adorned signifiers of 'authenticity' and 'deeply-felt emotion' that endear this insidious genre of film to a dishwater-dull critical audience desperate to see any portrait of society that vaguely acknowledges that weird and esoteric concept…
real life abbie hoffman:
"you are talking to a leftist. i believe in the redistribution of wealth and power in the world. i believe in universal hospital care for everyone. i believe that we should not have a single homeless person in the richest country in the world. and i believe that we should not have a CIA that goes around overwhelming governments and assassinating political leaders, working for tight oligarchies around the world to protect the tight oligarchy here…