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The 9 Most Pretentious Movies of The 21st Century « Taste of Cinema

The 9 Most Pretentious Movies of The 21st Century « Taste of Cinema

In Eleanor Coppola’s documentary Coronary heart of Darkness, her husband Francis laments, “Nothing is so terrible as a pretentious movie. I mean a movie that aspires for something really  terrific and doesn’t pull it off is shit, it’s scum…and everyone will walk on it as such.”

In fact Coppola is saying that he’d moderately make a pretentious movie than one which doesn’t attempt for something. He definitely made his fare share of each, however he was onto one thing. The years following this current millenium have ushered in some unusual societal modifications and it’s been onerous for cinema to maintain up.

The movies on this listing definitely qualify as pretentious, some, not all, are fairly fulfilling and interesting. There presence right here doesn’t imply they didn’t attempt. It merely means they flew too near cinema’s solar.


9. Southland Tales

The crème de la crème of 21st century pretension. A mad fever dream of Bush Period nervousness and Hollywood extra. Richard Kelly will all the time be generally known as the person behind Donnie Darko, his first movie that instantly turned a contemporary cult basic. For his comply with up, he was given extra money and entry to some of the preferred stars of the early 2000s. What he produced is one of probably the most incoherent, muddled and maybe sensible items of science fiction satire.

To explain the plot can be Herculean activity. Thankfully, the movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who would go on to play Hercules a couple of years later. Johnson performs an amnesiac motion star named Boxer Santaros who needs to make a movie from a screenplay that, primarily, is Southland Tales and predicts the occasions to comply with. The movie is about within the (then) close to future of 2008 the place the world is within the midst of a World Struggle on Terror  and power disaster. A German firm introduces a course of for countless renewable power pulled from the ocean’s present.

Sadly, it’s additionally slowing down Earth’s rotation and ripping holes in area/time continuum. Sean William Scott performs twins Roland and Ronald Tavener who may be the identical individual. Sarah Michelle Gellar performs an ex-pornstar making an attempt to start out her personal actuality tv-series. In the meantime, a scarred ex-veteran performed by Justin Timberlake watches over these occasions whereas doing medicine and lip-syncing The Killer’s “These Things I’ve Done” with a bunch of dancers in pleather nurse costumes.

Southland was an epic bomb on the field workplace and killed off most of the clout that Kelly had after Donnie. Half of what makes the movie so complicated is that the movie was solely half of the story and that Kelly additionally put out a comic book guide that lays the groundwork. Apparently, he anticipated the movie-going public to additionally purchase the comedian, not realizing that folks don’t like doing homework. The movie is undoubtedly a multitude, however in a ravishing practice wreck type of method.

Watching it now, it looks like Kelly actually was tapping right into a sure madness that comes from the unhealthy relationship between the media, authorities, and military-industrial complicated, to not point out the inflow of off-the-rails conspiracy theories. Southland Tales is extremely pretentious, but it by no means will get in the best way of having an excellent, bad-shit loopy time.


eight. Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis (2012)

David Cronenberg’s heady and talky adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel of the identical identify is not any straightforward feat to get by means of. It’s a dense, didactic investigation of the fashionable capitalism that includes characters that appeared holy faraway from their very own humanity. The pairing of Cronenberg and DeLillo is a match made in some weird, alternate dimension. Cronenberg clearly has a agency grasp of the complicated materials mentioned in DeLillo’s guide. The drawback is it is perhaps too agency of a grasp.

The movie takes locations largely contained in the decked-out limo of a younger monetary speculator, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), unfolding over one eventful, traffic-filled day during which Packer needs to get a haircut. Alongside the best way Packer has visits from quite a few consultants, staff, docs and his personal spouse as he slowly hemorrhages an enormous quantity of his fortune. Outdoors of his hermetically sealed paradise, the streets are full of anit-capitalist protests and an unknown stalker who goals to kill Packer.

As enthralling as which will sound, a lot of this movie is Packer conversing fairly esoterically about cash and the market. The basic crux of what the movie is saying is that capitalism has grown so complicated that it has lead humanity away from something remotely human, the place society is now unable to grasp and join with itself.

Many followers of the Twilight collection innocently piled in to the theaters to see what Mr. Pattinson was as much as subsequent. Fairly a couple of walked out scratching their head. Cosmopolis is an interesting piece of Cronenberg’s filmography. The place so many movies on this listing don’t have sufficient to say, this movie has simply the other drawback. It doesn’t know when to close up.

Some have stated the entire level of the movie is to utterly distance itself from the viewers, to be so chilly as to not permit the viewer any probability to attach. If so then Cosmopolis deserves full marks and a Mission Completed banner frolicked on an plane service.


7. Pricey Wendy

Dear Wendy (2005)_

As soon as once more, Lars Von Trier peeks his bald head up on this listing. This time because the screenwriter for Thomas Vinterberg’s weird commentary on weapons in America. Maybe Von Trier was making an attempt to recreate a bit of the unusual magic that made some of his American-set movies reminiscent of Dogville and Dancer within the Darkish so efficient.

Like these, Wendy is about within the American South however filmed totally in Copenhagen which provides the entire piece a wierd, off really feel. Sadly, Vinterberg’s course isn’t as much as the duty of making Von Trier’s writing partaking or notably fascinating and the social critique lands with a thud.

The movie is about in a small West Virginia city the place a young person, Dick, comes throughout a vintage gun. He shortly varieties a bond with the weapon and earlier than lengthy, he’s amassed a gaggle of like-minded teenagers who all really feel real love and affection for his or her, principally, antiquated firearms. The hitch is that they’re all pacifist and relatively than use their pistols for hurt, they achieve confidence and satisfaction by merely carrying the hid weapons.

Not solely that, they model themselves The Dandies, gown up in foppish costumes, working towards trick photographs and watching firearm educational movies. They ultimately run afoul with the native sheriff (Invoice Pullman) and the movie ends with a seemingly pointless shootout as they escort Dick’s previous nanny to the grocery store.

If that sounds a bit contrived and unusual, it’s. The movie’s plot is so pressured and random and one will get the sensation that Von Trier and Vinterberg needed to make a movie the place youngsters play dress-up with weapons however couldn’t work out why.

As an alternative of making sense, the movie falls again on it’s “artsy” nature to elucidate away any questions. There are definitely fascinating thrives and the movie is value a watch, particularly for a way the shootout is staged and executed. That being stated, it’s finally an unsatisfying and failed effort by two filmmakers who made much better movies each earlier than and after.


6. Comfortable Endings

Don Roos’ notably bland and formulaic Indie dramedy is with out query the least fascinating movie on this record. Like Babel, one other mid-2000’s piece of hyperlink cinema that tries, and fails, to make some obscure assertion about individuals by following a bunch of determined tales which might be barely hinged collectively. The solely factor of word are the positive performances by Maggie Gyllenhal, Steve Coogan and a shocking dramtic flip by Tom Arnold and Lisa Kudrow.

Set in trendy Los Angeles, the movie tracks three totally different storylines. The first of which is Mamie (Lisa Kudrow) who meets Nicky, a younger aspiring filmmaker (Jesse Bradford) who has details about the son she gave up for adoption. Mamie’s homosexual stepbrother, Charley is coping with his personal adoption points alongside together with his companion whereas one of Charley’s closeted staff Otis (Jason Ritter) will get concerned with a free-spirited younger lady, Jude (Gyllenhaal) who begins up a relationship together with his father Frank (Tom Arnold).

The above synopsis is actually the entire film. Little or no occurs and even much less of it’s remotely fascinating. The movie is dangerous when it tries to be humorous and down-right embarrassing when it tries to makes an attempt to be dramatic and shifting. What lands it on this listing is the choice to scrawl details about the character on the display once we first meet them in addition to on the movie’s conclusion.

This transfer reeks of a filmmaker who both wasn’t assured sufficient with what he filmed, or somebody who had the that pretentious notion from the scriptwriting part. Both one is unforgivable. Whereas a equally structured movie like Magnolia may be full of its personal model of indulgence, it’s at the very least unique and fascinating to observe. The similar can’t be stated of this piece of dreck.

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