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Felt pretty inconsequential in 2014 and it still does, but I respect it more knowing that Joe basically lured his new famous friends into a get-rich-quick scheme after making Drinking Buddies. This also adds some meta-textual interest to the film, in relation to the subplot about Melanie Lynskey's character writing erotica for the same purpose. On the whole, though, this feels like one of Joe's mediocre micro-budget films but without the alt girl sex scenes.
Baby Jude Swanberg is a natural performer, though.
Like Ready Player One, this is a film that gives the audience a world that absolutely sucks shit, and resolves itself by saying that it's Actually Good and you, the audience, must not only accept this new reality, but enjoy it as well. You will live in the pod and eat the bugs and be happy, etc.
Unlike Spielberg, the "Daniels" are dogshit storytellers. This film is 2.5 hours long because every new piece of information is delivered through tortured…