Make no mistake–Jupiter Ascending (2015) is a bad movie. But it fascinates me because it’s a rare type of bad movie that you don’t often see. Most movies are bad are usually bad across the board. Everything will be poorly executed–the writing, direction, editing and production values. Jupiter Ascending is one of those rare movies where everything–from the set design to the costumes and action sequences–was pitch perfect. And I mean, everything–except for one thing.
Hoo boy. Probably no film has caused as much consternation as David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. Viewers seem split into two camps. On one hand, you have those who were certain there was a logical, understandable story line throughout. On the other hand, you had people who thought that the movie was a complete and total unmitigated piece of incoherent crap, and that any explanation that anyone can come up with is just a desperate attempt to create something out of nothing.
When many people think about found footage, the first thing they think is, “horror.” But the crazy thing is that the first found footage film was not a horror. It was a satirical comedy called David Holzman’s Diary (1967), starring L. M. Kit Carson and directed by Jim McBride.
I’m not going to mince words. I think that Irreversible was not only a great film, it was horribly misunderstood. In fact, it might just be one of the most misunderstood films of all time. No one seemed to get this film–not the fanboys who think it’s a masterpiece, not the haters who think it’s garbage.
Years ago, Quentin Tarantino infamously claimed that Top Gun was really a movie about two gay guys struggling with their sexual identity. Many people who’ve seen the clip think that Tarantino was just goofing around. But having seen Top Gun before I had even known about the clip, I can tell you for a fact that he wasn’t making stuff up just to be outrageous and funny. He was saying what everyone who’s ever seen the movie had been saying and thinking for decades. Top Gun is a homoerotic gayfest. In fact, it might be the gayest mainstream movie of all time–
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
As you probably know by now, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the movie, It–not just because it’s the first major motion picture of a Stephen King in some time, but because everyone who’s read the book has been abuzz about an infamous scene. That scene is what everyone’s calling the “child orgy” or the “kid gang bang.” Everyone was wondering if it would be in the film and thankfully, it wasn’t.
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.