|Filmbrain apologizes for the paucity of posts lately -- he's been on a quest to catch up with the remaining films from 2004, esepcially those that might have had a shot at landing on his Top Ten list of the year. In the past few days, he saw Kinsey (harmless, but flat), The Life Aquatic (Anderson should go back to making smaller movies -- he does them so well), The Aviator (a really good film, just not a really good Scorsese film), The Woodsman (disappointing), Beyond the Sea (yikes!), Closer (wow!), and a bunch of films on DVD that he missed theatrically, including the film that's on almost everybody's list -- Before Sunset.|
The rest of the time, he has been reading everybody else's Top Ten list, and finding it harder and harder to comprehend how people can rank Million Dollar Baby as the best film of the year. Filmbrain is at the point of desperation -- seriously. Would anybody be willing to take the time to explain to him how this film is anything more than a cliché ridden Lifetime movie-of-the-week with cringe-inducing dialog? To point out what in the film is even remotely original, new, fresh, etc? Jonathan Rosenbaum joins the list of those that call it a masterpiece. A.O. Scott and Mahnola Dargis both have it as their number one of the year. (Dargis goes so far as to claim it contains the spirit of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. What?!?) Why can't Filmbrain find even a hint of masterpiece in it? Would the accolades be tossed around if Clint was not involved? Please feel free to comment below. . .Filmbrain needs to discuss this with someone.