Considering the pair who wrote the movie, this is an absolutely terrible script. The cliché levels are off the charts, to the point where some of these scenes could be in a Zucker brothers parody. If not for Clint Eastwood playing Clint Eastwood, this movie would be just another stock, boring serial killer mystery; Eastwood takes all this goofy genre stuff so seriously, and so much of what would usually be groan-worthy becomes hilarious from him giving this trash 100%.
Director Black Edwards (best known for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a number of the Pink Panther films) definitely brings an air of old fashioned sensibilities to this film. Everything is just a bit over-lit like a lot of 60s color films, the camera movement is limited, instead vying for long takes or slight camera moves to annunciation a bit of comedy. There’s also something super fascinating in the way that the action is shown, some of the car chases feel…
Jesus, this was therapeutic. Who would have thought that at the end of the year, my top two films would be so radically different?- 'Nocturnal Animals': a sort of tribute to nihilism, and this, 'La La Land': perhaps the most joyful film experience of the last decade. Strangely, both contain the theme of reality meeting fantasy in explosive fashion, yet each in extremely dissimilar ways.
There was something distinctly unique about my screening, as I was watching the film up…
The Unjustly Forced Dichotomy of 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land'
(Not a Review, Just Something I Had to Write)
Tonight, while writing this, I’ve just come home from my fourth time seeing 'La La Land' in theaters. And right now, 'Moonlight' is playing for me here in my living room— it’s my third time watching it. If someone were to ask me, right now, to decide a favorite between the two films, I would go with 'Moonlight'. That’s not to…