Good cast or not, I just don't have the patience for this kind of shit anymore.
I am definitely sympathetic to the argument that this dramatization of the late life of Christine Chubbuck, the Sarasota local news reporter who shot herself on the air in 1974, is pointless; I've made the same argument about Compliance and, to a lesser extent, United 93 -- glorified snuff films, in many ways, to titillate our most lurid sensibilities. But I would argue that this film doesn't reduce a real-life tragedy to mere gawking entertainment -- actually, it humanizes it,…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Random thoughts for the day I watched this for the first time in many years and afterward realized it's been almost exactly a decade since I saw it in the theater, which is a weird feeling:
When this was released and my then-girlfriend and I saw it and were enchanted by it, I had never been through a breakup. Funny how getting older changes how you see a film like this so much. The scenes establishing Joel and Clementine's relationship…
It's hard for us as modern audience members to have a full grasp on what made a star a Star in silent-era Hollywood... then you see a performance like Douglas Fairbanks' in this, and it all becomes clear. His sheer charisma is completely ageless, his agility and comic sensibility -- mugging as he does for the invisible crowd watching -- couldn't be more engaging. The film's hackneyed action-adventure story (of a vengeful hero saving a princess from ruthless pirates who've…