every night before bed i read the script to Superbad
M. Night Shyamalan’s MIRROR
the sands of time come for us all
Shyamalan is aging into something of a Lucas or De Palma, where his interest in craft and visual form has outweighed his misses. he is arguably our premiere B-movie auteur.
his tremendous 4 film run marked an event filmmaker, and the films since then have signaled an artist pushing himself into intriguing directions. no matter the economic restraints or size of the story, he is a REAL image-maker…
*Brian De Palma voice* “what is the force?”
this film is a rosetta stone for how NOT to make a movie. seemingly written with furious disdain and misunderstanding of its predecessor, Rise of Skywalker is like a reddit post by a dude who probly has an action figure of slave Leia.
i’ve never seen a movie completely reject and misunderstand its previous entry (a film that was thoughtful and well crafted no matter how you feel about its decisions) and…
honestly, what is going on with American cinema? this is the biggest, richest studio in the world and they’re making watered down action movies with no ambition to expand beyond its own corporate conveyor belt.
action here is lackluster, with little coherence in form and devoid of stylistic interest. background explosions, weak fistfights, and then there’s just slo-mo to do slo-mo; but it’s not adding to the rhythm or actions of the characters.
the most frustrating aspect is that IS pretty…