I love films. I think listing them is kinda silly, but I do enjoy the bragging rights.
Moe's explanation was basically this movie, which is funny because I just saw that episode yesterday.
Anyway, despite all the visual flourishes, what a tremendous waste of my and Marion Cotillard's time. Half-A Star is Born, Half-Child's Play, Half-Les Miz (and its ear splitting live "singing"), Half-museum sounds in all its pointless, omgArtifice! glory, this was just not for me nor was it as funny, subversive, or unsettling as it thinks it is. I also cannot wait to never hear Adam Driver sing ever again! (or act again, but that's a pipe dream). That said, I'm glad it found an audience. Good for her.
I think all the actors did a fine job. No one particularly stood out, or were any of them terrible.
This was primarily because I thought the MVP was the screenplay. The concept of art imitating life and vice versa has been explored almost ad nauseam in better films, but there was something special about this one. This film in a lot of way reminded me of Lost in Translation. In that film, the main characters console each other away…
You know, all I would like is a picture that's worthy of August Wilson's words.
For all the packed in monologues that were screamed and acted to an inch of their poor lives, this was such a uneventful blah. Remember how Spike Lee made that Brooklyn heat come alive in Do The Right Thing? Well, in this, the heat was implied by dousing everyone in sweat and almost nothing else; it was just a hot day apparently and has nothing…
At first glance, this was interchangeable with every other TIFF indie docudramas that came before it. The handheld cam work, the editing, the voice-over, the “grit”, the eventual inspirational story of overcoming odds, the Dardenne-ness of it all.
But what made this one special and distinct, aside from Riz Ahmed’s LIVED-IN (yes, for those who didn’t understand the term before, this is an example of a lived-in work) character work, is the illumination of the deaf community. It’s simultaneously a…