Directed "The Comebacks 2" (2069).
I want to make a "Once you go fire truck..." joke, but I don't know if it's in bad taste. Though if it isn't, and somebody else (and more popular) says it later, obviously, you want to have been at the forefront of that shit. Don't want to be Nevermind sued years down the line over a pun about a Cannes indie most people never heard of.
Call Julia Ducournau if you get lost. A mess, and shares some of…
"Honey, you're always dying."
Opens on such a high-spirited note of fantastical rock-and-roll cool I held onto the belief for up to forty minutes that my nine-year anticipation of another Leos Carax movie—nay, this Leos Carax movie—had potentially been repaid in the form of my new all-time favorite film. With apologies to Paul Thomas Anderson, I can't think of a 2021 release with greater cinephile kudos than that of Annette, a musical odyssey not only through a fictional whirlwind celebrity…
"Nobody, but nobody makes a monkey out of William Randolph Hearst!"
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
A dogged testament to the enduring enterprise of authorship. David Fincher's Mank is like watching a modern-day ingénue play spirit board to parlay with the starry-eyed to-do of the dead. Its story of fifty years ago became one of eighty, filmed with such flinty, hot-footed gusto as to seem even of just the last ten. Today Mank feels as culturally distant from 2010's…
“Wow 'em in the end, and you've got a hit,” Robert McKee's semi-fictionalized storytelling guru advises (forebodes?) to Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) in 2002's Adaptation. “Find an ending, but don't cheat, and don't you dare bring in a deus ex machina.”
Incidentally, that's exactly what Columbia Pictures thought they'd discovered in the thirtysomething Kaufman, a struggling sitcom writer currently in pre-production on a young Spike Jonze's 1999 soon-to-be-meta landmark Being John Malkovich, when hiring him to adapt Susan Orlean's 1998…