I believe it was John Water’s who said that no comedy should ever be more than 90 minutes long — a good rule of thumb. After all, most comedy concepts strain credibility from the very beginning and as writers/directors stretch them out the comedy thins out, pulling the laughs farther and farther apart. This is why a movie like Airplane! is considered a classic and This Is The End will never be anything more than pleasantly amusing. With Airplane!, the laughs fly at a mile-a-minute pace. With This Is The End, not so much.
In other words: too long.
Directed by Anthony Minghella
Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, Based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe. Also featured were Naveen Andrews, Colin Firth and Jürgen Prochnow
To my mind it’s always been a hallmark of weak writing to reference the work of others, at least when it’s done for the explicit purpose of latching onto the credibility of the work of the other without actually having to create it organically yourself. In other words, rather than actually create something on your own, you simply reach out, grab something by somebody else, shine it up a little bit and then say, “Ta da, look at what I did.” Continue reading
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As much as I love this movie — and I really effin’ love it — whenever I watch it I’m invariably struck by two things that seem to surprise me every time:
- Jack White always comes across as such a pretentious boob, and
- The Edge has to be the most good-natured, self-aware musician in the history of the world
Strangely, I’m a far greater White Stripes fan than U2. That being said, I’m probably more into Led Zeppelin than either of them, so…