check my Babylon post to learn why I don't watch many movies anymore.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007
There's a lyrical moment in Babylon where Brad Pitt stares at an open field, lechers and drunks running wildly around, and starts to cry. His wrenching gaze commands the camera until we're seeing everything through his eyes: the melancholy of it all makes time itself slow down. It's a beautiful scene in a picture chock full of them. It turns out it was the second time in which Pitt played a depressed man full of longings and regrets.
"Am I going to die tonight?", I asked myself as the credits started to roll. Much like Messi had completed football a week earlier by winning the trophy that had eluded him throughout his career, this too felt like a life defining moment for me. It’s not that I had never seen anything like Babylon before; it’s that Babylon was everything I’d ever seen. All the love and heartbreak, every dream and hope, all that is good and sad in…
Closed Circuit 2013
The “mystery” is resolved 30 minutes in with an anticlimactic, almost throwaway line. Then we’re left with a “don’t let the government kill you” storyline but it’s really boring and nothing appears to matter. Scenes end way too soon for any suspense to stick.
Eric Bana gets run over by a truck, put in the hospital and threatened by MI5 in the span of 3 minutes and then all is forgotten.
Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022
Delirious, unconventional and glorifying a worldview that's utter garbage, Everything Everywhere All at Once is the logical next step creation of a culture that continues its unabated slide towards ignorance.
But don't take my word for it; here are directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert being super explicit about the whole thing:
So with this movie, we were like let’s see how many people we can bring into the fold. Without compromising anything, how many people can we bring into…
Avatar: The Way of Water 2022
For a movie that’s all about the wonders of the ocean there’s a shocking lack of depth here.
There’s so little below the surface that if you show this movie to a toddler it’d come away with the same impressions you do; this is a movie that’s only about it’s incredible, gorgeous images.
Are we sure James Cameron isn’t running a money laundering operation? There’s just no way that a movie production that took twelve years and the GDP of…