Lester calling Mortdecai
as Beuford is one of the best jokes hidden in plain sight that nobody catches. Do kids today even appreciate broken animatronics jokes anymore?
One of the most poetic documentaries I've seen on a filmmaker in quite some time. Unlike many central topics, Adrienne Shelly never got the chance to become an icon, arguably ending her career where it should've catapulted. There's tragedy in her death, an everlasting "What if?" for an artist who clearly put everything she had into Waitress. It was going to be her breakthrough film. She should've been celebrated every few years in the same ways that Lynn Shelton or…
When approaching an older musical (or film for that matter), it's hard to not just fall into the "Yes, But." Category. To appreciate classic cinema is to overlook various ideals that have since become dated and look embarrassing. There's art beneath these ideas and to tear away the issues is to remove the artist's intentions. Recently, I watched Carousel, which was such an offensive attempt to turn a sexist male into a compassionate protagonist (his big revelation? Coming back to…
I saw it at an advanced screening (supposedly "the first audience"). I was chosen to be part of the focus group after and when asked whether the film was Excellent, Very Good, or Good, I put down Good. When the curator asked us to raise our hands for these individual selections, I was the only one who raised his hand for Good, making me the lowest rated person there.
It was quite an experience because the issue with Good is that you take no fault in it, yet there isn't anything to praise either, which made me being singled out all the more interesting.