I Like Good Movies
Have truly never seen a film struggle *this much* to fill its mediocre 105 minute run time. Felt like it should've either been a real lean 80 minutes or the full 180 minutes to make you feel the dreadful isolation it begs to evoke. But that kind of goes in hand with the rest of the film in that despite all of its noise and "symbolism" it feels like no strong choices or thought is made. Felt more like a joyless lecture than any sort of artistic exercise or experiment. Dafoe isn't even really all that fun here.
B'Twixt Now and Sunrise
Watched the new "authentic cut" of this at like 2 a.m. which was exactly the right mood as it all just feels like one big sad sleep deprivation hallucination. Was never a huge fan of this one in the cannon of Coppola's work but it has grown on me over the years as I've gotten older and appreciate more complicated, personal, messy and experimental works like this. With this new cut, Coppola frees it of any…
Thor: Ragnarok 2017
I'm not really sure how to say this without sounding like I have some sort of anti Marvel Studios agenda or that I just hate having fun but.....Thor: Ragnarok is one of the worst, most profoundly annoying superhero films I've seen.
Let's just start with the problems that I've had with the MCU, in general, that bleed over into this film. First off: this film, conceptually, has some of the biggest stakes that have ever been in an MCU film,…
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 2017
"I Love You,
I Forgive You,
(^Those were also the exact words that the grief counselor told me to say when my father, whom I had a very difficult relationship with, was dying)
Goddamnit, he did it! Baumbach fucking did! He peaked here. Any filmmaker should wish that their peak could be this fucking amazing.
I expected greatness but I didn't expect catharsis on this level. The Meyerowitz Stories is Baumbach's most mature, most humane,…