Mary Poppins Returns
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Jack Nicholson's first venture into direction is very much a film of its time.
Nicholson deftly illustrates the background cynicism of big time sports against the more obvious cynicism of college life.
No way can it be said to work, despite the cast's cultish distinction, but it still knocks most of its quasi-radical contemporaries sideways as an index of doomed '60s/'70s causes and confusions.
All of the film's characters, and all of the performances, are touched with the kind of unexpected sensibility and decency that are rare in most films of this genre.
A disorganized but occasionally brilliant movie about two college students and the world they, and we, inhabit.
The cynical film has its fun poking fun at college life, the system and marriage.
I think the film is a mess. Even though I was there where and when it was filmed, and I went through some of the same stuff these characters did, I couldn't relate to it.
Nicholson's campus is a fractured, pulsating place
An ambitious but confused film about basketball, draft dodging and sleeping with professors' wives.
Nicholson's personality comes through in the film's rhythms: crazed and vibrant at times, classical and refined at other times.
Ultimately, there's no theme here that isn't addressed more coherently and directly in a more conventional film like Five Easy Pieces.
Drive, He Said is another tale, poorly told, of youthful disenchantment. The real disenchantment will be among audiences -- even those responsive to the picture's message -- because of the film's chaotic, undefined style.
Very dated anti establishment sort of drama. More of an antique than something made in the 30's. The lead actor has the magnetism of a lemming and it hurts an already weak film.
The relationships between characters make no sense and mean nothing. The pacing and camera work are fine, but there is no sense of importance in this film. The role of Gabriel should've been played by Nicholson if it was going to be in the film at all. The relationship between Olive and Bloom and Richard was just wacky and did not feel real at all. The film focuses on so many different relationships that it lacks grounding for characters and a central focus for the audience. The feel just feels like a bunch of meaningless and phony vignettes trying to gel as one.
It's a shame that one of the greatest actors of our time couldn't convince the lead in his directorial debut to give a credible performance. But William Tepper is only one of the problems with this meandering mess of a movie. It's a shame because there is a great story in here and the footage of the basketball games is well shot. Not to mention, Karen Black and especially Bruce Dern give fantastic performances which only makes the other bad performances stand out even more. As a big fan of basketball and Nicholson, this was a bit of a letdown.
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