The second of two movies I watched last night was "Sunshine" (2007). The first was a neo-noir, "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007), which supplies the only connection this post has to the BB.
"Sunshine" led rather quickly for me to watch in 2x the speed, without hindering anything in the least. Eventually, I bumped that up and polished off the whole endeavor without knowing or caring what happened.
Today, I read LaSalle's review. His writing skill is of a high order in dumping on this film as it should be dumped on. He's merciless about this flic, but he's also deadly accurate in every detail.
"The eternal ‘Sunshine’ of the pointless mind
"By Mick LaSalle Published 4:00 am, Friday, July 20, 2007
"On the plus side, "Sunshine" induces a peaceful equanimity. After watching it for 20 minutes, you really don't care if the sun is cooling and all human life is doomed to destruction. Actually, it sounds like a great idea -- anything to end the movie.
"This story about a journey to the center of the sun is a rocket straight into a cinematic abyss. Directed by Danny Boyle, it lacks even a single moment of charm or interest. The story details are impenetrable, and the characters are indistinct and laughable. The filmmaking style couldn't be more unappealing if it were designed to put off audiences, and underscoring everything is a soundtrack consisting of lingering, spooky chords played on a synthesizer. The sound becomes a barrier, the sonic equivalent of watching the movie through a pane of glass.
"The overall effect is the creation of something truly unbearable -- and the curious thing is that this unbearableness is apparent from the first portentous voice-over 30 seconds into the film. By then the music is up, the sun has filled the screen and there's no mistaking it: "Sunshine" has nothing to offer, and this nothing is going to be offered relentlessly and earnestly, like a holy missive."
How good is he on some noirs? In other words, does he agree with my assessments?
3/4 Wind River (2017) "superior". I agree.
3/4 Baby Driver (2017) "ultimately satisfying". I agree, quite good.
1/4 John Wick: Chapter 2 "This is pathetic" I agree; lousy.
2/4 Patriots Day. "Undeniably effective that I mostly enjoyed". I felt the same, okay but that's all.
2/4 Live by Night "Affleck stands around looking too tall, too handsome, too 21st century, too tailored, too rational and too soft." I agree, this movie really is a failure.
3/4 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back "The pairing of Cruise and Smulders is a good one. In a way that's both satisfying and compelling, they seem evenly matched."
I also thought this one quite well done.
6 out of 6 agreements.