Cynical critics may read this one big chunk of satire, but if you are somewhat of a spiritual person, this speaks to you in many ways. While 2011's Take Shelter had many believe that Jeff Nichols' concerns are rather earth-bound (the working class, mental illness), Midnight Special reveals a direction that is quite off the mark. It will be hard to look at the film if you insist on extracting familiar themes from it.
One figures out one's identity through experiences, and since I enjoy Not Fade Away a bit more than this, I figure I might be more of a fan of the 70s than the 80s. On a more pointed note, Richard Linklater missing his best years in college is definitely better than Richard Linklater trying to process the pain stemming from his failed marriage (without much success).
It's hard for me not to imagine the making of 12 Years A Slave as a way for Steve McQueen to bitch-slap Steven Spielberg. If Spielberg's Lincoln was an attempt to sugarcoat the deplorable corruption at its heart, then 12 Years A Slave is the equivalent of a bath salt, shamelessly exhibiting its masochism without the slightest hint of irony. Familiar dramatic tropes pumped out, one after another, and the same statement is reiterated over and over again: If you…
Eyes Wide Shut is actually the most interesting Kubrick film (though not necessarily his best). Not grandiose, like 2001. Not stinging, like that despicable Clockwork Orange. But it slaps you hard at your D and that is exactly the kind of thing that I root for (well, you may say that is because I know it will turn off many other people, so I laugh simultaneously at the film, the characters and the easy-going audiences all at the same time).
A major influence on Jonathan Glazer's Birth, which also stars Nicole Kidman and which I ironically prefer (because it is somewhat more tricky).