the screenwriter Aaron Covington came to class and told us Sylvester Stallone’s script notes were just added monologues for himself… not him trying to give himself more lines than MBJ 😭
“You don’t need to fix anything here.”
I wouldn’t be mad if Riz Ahmed took home the Oscar for this one. His performance IS the film. Ahmed metamorphoses the tokenism of Ruben’s impending deafness, embodying a human rather than what is too eagerly and conventionally depicted as a “handicap.” Rather, his newfound impairment only guides him to discover a way of life not reliant on external motivations and happiness. It forces him to be alone, to listen to his own…
“I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!”
PTA really likes an extremely long film, huh... If I wasn’t assigned to watch this for class, I probably wouldn’t have, considering the almost 3-hr run time, but I’m very happy I stuck it out.
Easily one of my new favorite films :) Quite the unsettling story of the descent of Daniel Plainview, a man so overcome by his obsession with competition (aka capitalism) that he will stop at nothing to find success…