I’m very eager now to settle in with the bonus features on this criterion disc, as I’m more or less a Monkees novice. I’m not struggling to figure out why this wasn’t a hit though. But look, any movie that features a little life advice from Frank Zappa and his talking cow is a movie for me.
Decided to catch up on this since it’s one of the movies discussed on the new Video Archives Podcast this week. One of the Bond movies I’ve avoided, like Tarantino, due to its reputation. Not altogether a bad time, though, although so much of it is as silly as you’ve heard.
Still, that production design is stunning (same guy did Barry Lyndon), the opening set piece is thrilling, and there are a few other noteworthy set pieces and moments here…
We don’t have character revealed through action anymore, everyone just talks about who they are and what they’ve gone through over and over again, in endless monologues at each other.
Almost like trading cards that list their powers, instead it’s a list of regrets, traumas, mistakes. Endless therapy sessions with no particular riveting stakes because there’s nothing left to say in these stories after the big climactic installment two years ago.
Out of gas.
(At least Richard E Grant is having some fun)
Could not possibly resist Soderbergh's riff on The Conversation/Blow Out. The first piece of entertainment set during the pandemic I can really get behind. Just as Coppola's and DePalma's Putting-Together-The-Crime using contemporary technology thrillers were firmly rooted in the major events and feelings of their time, so too is Soderbergh laying down the historical marker for a fast, simplified note on how life has felt during Covid-19. The circumstances (the pandemic, Watergate, Big tech/corporate control of our lives, etc.) will stay in their place. The suspenseful buildup of these stories is timeless.
Great third act, too (That protest scene is somethin' else).