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Justing thinking about the Curious Case of Benjamin Button makes me angry – the diary that Benjamin Button conveniently kept of his whole life, Hurricane Katrina, Brad Pitt’s blank expression throughout, the greeting card dialogue. I don’t know if it’s the worst movie of all time, but it’s surely the most disappointing movie of all time. David Fincher, what were you thinking?
The problem with this one is that it is actually quite good.
Yes! The combination of John Cusack and Diane Lane is a contender for the most awkward on-screen couple of all time.
Well, I feel better since Pay It Forward was reviewed (though I think Gabe was a bit too nice), but then I almost watched the entirety of the Terminal starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Thankfully I came to my senses and missed the ending. I’m sure it was heart-wrenching and life-affirming all at the same time. Anyway, I think it’s a contender. Spielberg. The writer responsible for S1m0ne. Tom Hanks. A collection of racial stereotypes. Irresistible really.
I completely second Pay It Forward. I was stuck on a long bus trip and forced to watch this – the driver turned it up so loud that I couldn’t drown it out or go to sleep. Even when I gazed out the window to watch the scenery, I could still hear Haley Joel Osment’s whiny voice. Ugh.
I also have never seen a Quentin Tarantino movie. So my comment is not about his films per se.
Generally I agree with Gabe. I think the whole concept is rather strange. What could possibly be more violent and shocking than what actually occurred during the 1930s and World War II? At least twelve years of unrelenting violence and cruelty pretty much outdoes anything a 2-hour film could dish up. And I’m not sure that 2 hours worth of movie violence would be a catharthis for anyone who experienced real violence. So I assume this project is only obliquely connected to the holocaust by virtue of some costumes.
I figure Tarantino may want this project to be seen as a critique of this film genre, or an experiment in taking this genre to the extreme until it becomes so ludicrous that it becomes entertaining. But if the films begs to be not taken seriously, we end up with nothing much at all, so what’s the point?