The script and direction lean so heavily on wanting to appease a built-in audience that it never tries very hard, despite the exasperating visuals.
The implication of its title is that the movie SCHERZO DIABOLICO is a diabolical prank. But who is its devil and what is the joke?
Despite the paradoxical gruesomeness and “what if?” curiosity of the premise itself, the entirety of The Purge series has possessed a through-line of altruism and nobility.
Ballard creates cold, sterile worlds that are driven by concepts instead of characters, but he’s strong enough a writer that his narratives thrive with intellectual possibility as a result.
Should filmmakers just leave certain books alone?
Since their gradual emergence in Western popular culture over the period from the 1960s to today, the memes of “finding yourself” and being “in a relationship” have become perennial social preoccupations. The Lobster (2015) skewers both through reducing them to absurdity. So, what’s left? Unfortunately, the film seems to run out of ideas at this point. Is THE LOBSTER still worth a watch?
The common factor of most cults is they don’t appear dangerous at the beginning. They appeal to those looking for guidance and acceptance. They offer understanding and a chance to be part of something important. It is only after the person has been lured in do they realize the price of belonging is the sacrifice of everything they have and their complete subjugation. STARRY EYES is more than a cautionary tale about a naive starlet sucked into the seedy side of show business. It is Hollywood as a cult, feeding on ambition to achieve its demonic ends.
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