The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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...An irritating exercise in ham acting, metaphysical patter routines, and rim-shot-style comic editing.
Even at 71 minutes, this shoestring-budget production seems overlong and undernourished.
Rosenbush's cinematic experiment generates so little excitement I doubt whether you'll hear even the sound of one hand clapping.
Any hopes that Marc Rosenbush's film might transcend its unimaginative title are dashed almost immediately, as manic fade-outs, fade-ins and overlays of portentous symbols give way to mannered dialogue and bad jokes.
A provocative, witty -- and admittedly esoteric -- experimental comedy that is serious, amusing and satisfying.
It plays like a short film extended to the length of a feature ... and assembled by someone who appears to have seen a bunch of David Lynch movies and not quite understood them.
Like its hero, Zen Noir doesn't exist for even a second outside the vocabulary of the film world.
Writer/director Marc Rosenbush's first film, from the false toughness of its surface to its soft, pulpy heart, will please neither aficionados of the detective genre nor devotees of Eastern religion.
The acting is stylized, the sets are stylized, the editing is stylized, all toward a Zen-like minimalist aesthetic.
Any one of a thousand can spoof noir. One in a thousand can spoof it well.
...indulges in a lot of jumpcuts and flashy montages that quickly prove more irritating than expressive. Even at 65 minutes (plus credits), this one feels too long.
Wow. You won't see ANY films like this. Completely original. Funny, mysterious, slightly disturbing. HIghly recommend. And, if you know anything about Zen Buddhism, a must see. This filmmaker has created a little work of art in Zen Noir. It takes you on a ride that is constantly throwing you off balance, and whacking your synapses in weird places, but in a humorous nearly loving way. He creatively merges the worlds of Film Noir and Zen Buddhism, and they blend together perfectly. You definitely leave with more questions than you went in with. I'd tell ya more, but I don't want to be a spoiler. Actually, I think this is unspoilable. I'm still not even sure what happened.
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