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Declaration of War
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

While the couple don't wallow in pity over the devastating news of their child, they do certainly smoke and drink their way through everything. There was something charming about the film's New Wave influence, perhaps a bit less thought out, as d in films like Reprise, more successful than in I'm Going to Explode. Although there were a few moving moments in"Declaration of War and one could clearly see that the filmmaker had good intentions, there was also something disturbing about the melodrama. I apologize for offending anyone by posting an offensive quote from the scene in the hospital, perhaps taken out of context, but I did it in order to draw attention to world the couple lives in. I know the characters were to be artist-types, above all of that, but something was lost in the translation of that joke. It fell flat and became disturbing. I appreciated the use of Laurie Anderson's "O Superman", but many of scenes, such as the one where Juliette collapses in the hospital corridor, simply felt more fashionable than genuinely moving.

The Artist
The Artist (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Oh, how refreshing a silent film! For most people who love silents, this would be quite the disappointment. I was appalled. It's one of the most overrated films of the year. The only it had going for it was Michel's smile and a cute dog. The rest of film was boring. Not much seemed to happen. It wasn't original. The gimmick wore of quickly. If I wanted to watch a good silent, I'd watch Murnau. This just falls flat, his ego becomes his weakness, both the director and the actor. The miracle of the film was the marketing and the realization that so many Americans are so deprived of watching classic films that they cling to anything they find refreshing that the parents can also approve of. Oh, how joyous! Well, Singing in the Rain addressed the talkie transition so much better. This film felt amateur. There was no substance. Nothing happened. Even if the film is suspended in that illusion of Hollywood magic then, it doesn't give us enough to hold onto. I wasn't moved. The dog was the only funny thing about it. Apparently, the awards are political if this piece of mediocre filmmaking took home so many awards. And what's even more sad is that the audience is so starved for something good and proud they've sat through a silent that they've believed in all the hype.

Magic Mike
Magic Mike (2012)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of Soderbergh's worst films. One can't help but feel cheated. What was really going on? What was the true nature of their relationships. That way the film was boring. Showgirls at least had a sense of humor. Where most people seem surprised the film actually has point beyond the glitz and fun of the stripping and sex, I'm wondering what wasn't it other than a shameless attempt to flaunt lack of talent... acting, writing, direction, oh and an anti-drug message finally. Well, sort of? Soderbergh once again makes another soporific film. The drama is typically Hollywood. Sure, he tries to get naturalistic moments, but the film just flounders in despair, leaving us waiting to get to the next dramatic turn. He tries to be an artistic director and most people regard him as such because he takes certain risks, but without the talent, who cares? Okay, you're gay. We get it. Thongs, shaving, well-oiled body. Who are you fooling? Now, can you at least get honest enough about it to give us the real story? There's nothing that moved me.... oh, it has a heartfelt direction. Most of the film was flesh and drugs. Give me something more to hold onto. You want to change my attitudes towards what you're waving at me? At least give me some substance, not some weak, poorly written drama, mistaken for a rom-com, which would have been more interesting, directed by someone who just doesn't know if he has a specific style yet. He just takes from everyone else because he's afraid, like Magic MIke, he's just a dime a dozen.

Celeste and Jesse Forever
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Perhaps even an insult to even the intelligence of y-indie filmgoers, Lee Toland Krieger misses the mark completely, perhaps ruining what was best kept charming and personally contained in the writing of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. Lost in the influx of medium brow, quirky, sexually blunt, awkward pseudo indie films, the branching-away-from the factorty Urban Outfitters equivalent, post Judd Apatow, striving for a bit more moving in the way of the Duplass, comes Celeste and Jesse, an unfunny romantic comedy which aims for a slightly impressionistic flair. In order for the film to work, the characters had to in some way be outsiders, underdogs, but it felt like watching boring people without souls trying too hard to be cute and share those "unique" moments, which were sadly few and far between. "Oh how funny, let's both jerk off objects which look like tiny penises and smoke some more weed and get drunk while we deal with out separation" but we're best friends! How subversive and challenging to audiences who are used to divorce movies! Disappointing. The casting is awful. There's no chemistry between Rashida and the annoyingly smug and frog-like Andy Samberg. Perhaps, the basic idea of the film, which one would hope to challenge our idea of divorce was at one point good enough to develop, but the casting threw everything off. The film tries too hard, ruining activities and gentrified places in Los Angeles many people hold dear-- Echo Park, Silverlake, downtown, Scrabble, yoga, obsessive dieting, dorky pop humor, but it takes moments which may have otherwise come out charming and cute to a dull place. It seems apparent that the director or (ghasp) even the characters simply have no personality to pull it off. They're not unlikable characters. They're just not interesting or quirky enough. Awkward and smart is all good, but at least have enough jeart to pull it off. At some point, one begins to think that Judd Apatow could have done it so much better. If it aims to be naturalistic, non-melodramatic,and blue, it should have been written that way. A friend of mine kept calling it Celine and Julie. What an insult to Rivette! Even if the director was going for naturalistic, there's nothing subtle about this film.. The main character faults herself for presuming she's more intelligent than others, and so does the entire production. The title would give you the idea of a French film about an interesting and layered relationship between two complex characters, but the film sadly ends up feeling simply contrived. As much as I like Rashida Jones, she wasn't enough to carry the weight of what may have been likable about it through it's entirety.. Emma Roberts, however, was wonderful. She added a certain ethereal quality to an unimpressive feature.

Hesher
Hesher (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I saw this as an anti-Mary Poppins. Hesher may have been more successful if the character could have passed for being a figment of TJ's imagination. He seems to pop-up at all the right times where some life lesson would be learned, but never directly solves any problems for the poor kid. That's what we like about it. During the course of the family's tragedies, Hesher becomes a distraction, rarely lending more than failed attempts to fight fire with an example of an even more dysfunctional presence. Hesher never seems to reveal any interest in caring about anything. If the scenes with him interacting with the family had been cut out, perhaps Susser may have been onto something more in respect to accepting the desperate and emotional world of TJ's pain . Unfortunately, the humor becomes a bit too obvious. It seemed at some point he wanted to be Stolonz, riding on an emotional level of fragility, somewhere between comedy in pure pain, but he ends distancing himself further from humanity. It's as if the film wanted to be dark dramatic comedy which conveyed some sense of truth about the human condition, but instead just rewarded drug use and an occasional unorthodox push to the heart. I appreciated that the thoughtful art direction and locations used in the film. It brought me back in time to a stale time and place many Americans may be familiar with. Natalie Portman looked glamorous in every get-up they dressed her in, but at some point the art direction became more distracting than Hesher. Thankfully, the end brings us back to a moving place in true Hesher-style.