Posts Tagged ‘Knight of Cups’

J. Giambrone

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Well let’s see here. Should I make a facile attempt to appear fair and just? This is a poem/movie, a Malick auteur project. Seat belts on.

My first description of Knight of Cups was to be: Post-Modern Vomitorium.

Have I been dropped in Grumpyville, or was it truly the movie’s shortcomings?

That Stanley Kubrick quote continued to haunt me as I sat wondering, for two-thirds of this film, if Kubrick might have actually liked it. Here’s the quote:

“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”
-Stanley Kubrick

I’m guessing he’d have half liked it but in the end found it repetitive and pointless, as I did.

In retrospect, Knight of Cups wasn’t even good music. The heavily stylized camera caught my…

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A devastating smack-down over at The Guardian

First World Problems: The Movie

But anyone who watched it with the sound turned down might assume that it was an unusually arty episode of Entourage. Are we supposed to take this existential fretting seriously?

There’s certainly a lot of it about. Navel-gazing dramas keep asking us to take pity on wealthy, attractive people who are starting to feel that being wealthy and attractive isn’t quite as fulfilling as they had expected.