No story has gotten me angrier than Nabokov’s Lolita–not because of its subject matter but because of the pseudo-intellectual fanfare and the romanticizing that fans of the novel and first movie have heaped upon the novel.
So in case you don’t know, there’s a huge brouhaha over comments that James Cameron made about Wonder Woman. You can read the article here at the Guardian, but in summary, he pretty much called out Hollywood for virtue signaling the movie as some kind of revolutionary, new groundbreaking step forward in the depiction of “strong female characters,” when it was anything but.
You know how everyone now is totally in love with Fail Safe and think it’s the most awesome nuclear war paranoia film ever made? Sorry, but I dislike it immensely. In fact, I think it’s quickly becoming one of the most overrated movies of all time.
If you’ve ever been confused as to why so many older people absolutely hate CGI and prefer old school special effects, look no further than this video below from The Wizard of Oz (1939), which shows test footage of the famous tornado scene.
If there were ever a question to kick off a raging, exhaustive debate, it’s whether Douglas Quaid from Total Recall had really gone to Mars or whether the last two thirds of the movie never, ever happened and he wound up a vegetable as the result of an embolism.
For me personally, the matter became settled years ago. After I carefully weighed both sides of the debate and re-watched the movie multiple times, my conclusion was this–Total Recall was neither embolism or reality. It was all a dream.
If you own a library card at a participating library or are a student at a participating university, you may be able to stream movies for free at the video streaming site, Kanopy!
I’m going to be perfectly honest. I hate art house. I think it was one of the worst, most pretentious genres to ever come down the pike. I can’t say enough bad things about it.