For the 32nd week of 2021 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into the subject of films that confuses you, from a suggestion by Brittani of Rambling Films, as not every film can make sense and there’s some that are just baffling. Some are just confusing for the sake of it but then there’s those films that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Here are my three picks:
1. Southland Tales Richard Kelly’s sophomore feature film about an apocalyptic event during the Fourth of July weekend as it involves an amnesiac action film star, a psychic porn star trying to get into reality TV, twins, and all sorts of shit. Yet, the film was nonsensical as Kelly tried to cram too many things into one entire movie as there’s so much happening including a musical number where Justin Timberlake’s character lip-syncs to the Killers’ All These Things That I’ve Done as it made no sense to the narrative. It was a film with ambition but failed to live up to its scope as it’s a reason why Kelly only made one more feature film and then just disappeared.
2. Justice League For anyone that hasn’t seen Zack Snyder’s version of the film which does have some flaws. It is the definitive version as the theatrical cut that was re-shot, re-written, and fucked up by Joss Whedon and the brass at Warner Brothers is just a fucking mess. It doesn’t have much development while whatever motivations the characters have aren’t fully explained while there is so much in the theatrical version that never makes sense with jokes that feel forced. It is an abomination and seeing what Snyder was trying to do, Whedon really just half-assed his way into making a film that is meant to be DC’s answer to The Avengers into a film that is just dull and nonsensical.
3. Lucy in the Sky Noah Hawley’s feature film directorial debut is an indication that either he stays in television or should just be deleted as this was a shitty-ass film that never took advantage of the craziness that the real life story. It is about an astronaut who embarks on an affair with a colleague as she tries to get back to outer space only to lose sight of reality and then do whatever she can to continue her affair in the most insane way. The film is confusing for the fact that it doesn’t do enough to dwell into this woman’s mental state as well as aiming for too many aspect ratios in which Hawley has no clue on which one to choose until its third act. Given the fact that the real story involved the woman wearing adult diapers, drinking lots of energy drinks, and going insane should’ve given the film a sense of camp as well as humor but Hawley instead takes it way too seriously as it is one of the worst films ever made.
© thevoid99 2021
For what it's worth, I didn't hate Southland Tales.
I mean, I'm not sure I liked it, but I definitely didn't hate it.
The only one of your picks that I've seen is Justice League. What a freaking mess. Even though I hated it a tad less than Batman vs. Superman.
I just wasn't interested enough in Justice League to watch it, but this month I finally got round to seeing Zack Snyder's version. I guess I have no reason to go back to the crap original now!
Unfortunately, I haven't seen these but I can see why there's confusion for Justice League and Lucy in the Sky. I've wanted to watch Lucy in the Sky, in particular, so much but hearing such bad reviews for it and how much Noah's direction messed up the real story is disappointing.
I haven’t seen your first or last pick but I have seen Justice League. I don’t hate it but they need to bump up the writing and stop taking themselves so seriously. I will always prefer Christopher Reeve as Superman.
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