One of the reasons I’ve lost interest in mainstream film is its utter unreality. All too often, what I see portrayed on the screen holds almost no relation to the world. However, i’m not saying I want every movie to be gritty and realistic. It would simply be nice to relate on some level to the characters, setting or even pacing of a movie. Rick Alverson, and directors like him, seem to be reacting to that with a tense fascination for the awkward. That holds my interest much more, and i’m glad to see it increasingly seeping into popular culture.… [continue reading]
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When Entertainment premiered at 2015’s Sundance Film Festival, the response it garnered was somewhat predictable. Numerous walkouts peppered its first showing, indicative of its uncomfortable confrontation. Certainly a test of patience, it’s a work that demands significant effort on the part of the audience. However, this is a recurring feature of the creatives involved: director and writer Rick Alverson, star and writer Gregg Turkington and writer Tim Heidecker. It’s easy to take against their approach, labelling it as pretentious and lazy. The sad truth is, that would be all too often accurate of others. … [continue reading]