The last time I was so incapable of looking away or even being distracted was the first time I saw Eraserhead.
This is the future.
I'm sad to be so disappointed by this movie, given its pedigree, reception, and ultimate legacy as a last word.
One of two things should have happened. The first option is that Hu Bo should have acquiesced to his producers' suggestions to cut the movie down to two hours. It would have been a fine first feature, not particularly brilliant but technically competent and promising of a bright career. He chose to kill himself rather than take this path.
This is my (quick, shoddy) translation of Boris Lokshin's essay "Make America Straight Again!" from the Russian magazine "Iskusstvo Kino", 2017.
MAKE AMERICA STRAIGHT AGAIN! "THE STRAIGHT STORY" IN THE TRUMP ERA
"It is a peculiarity of our times—perhaps it’s one of the few specifically modern characteristics—that we don’t take our stories straight anymore."
-Pauline Kael, "Bonnie and Clyde", New Yorker, 1967
"Yes, because I love that film, and I say now that The Straight Story…