Right now, in 2020, while all the cinemas are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think there's something to be said for the cinema experience, that is, the setting itself. At its best, it could feel great to sit in a grand theatre (grand compared with the average living room anyway) with all the procedure and ceremony around the film playing out in front of you. Sitting in the dark, only the immense images lighting up the room, with…
There's a scene where De Niro has taken a tablet to maintain an erection. Unfortunately for him, it continues long after he needs. He asks his nurse son-in-law, Stiller, to administer an injection to counteract the effect. Whilst doing so, Stiller's son (De Niro's grandson) walks in and sees the whole thing and screams.
Straight after that De Niro lies to his wife and daughter, claiming that the boy had a nightmare. As he walks away, his hand brushes against…
If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.
They are as follows:
- Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…