"Babylon" (2022)

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"Babylon" (2022)

Postby GoogaMooga » 26 Jul 2023, 17:33

NOW STREAMING: "Babylon", an 80 million dollar extravaganza about the decadence in Hollywood at the cusp of the talkies era. I was never a big fan of Brad Pitt, but this is one amazingly self-indulgent gross-out picture of piss, shit, fornication, and mountains of drugs. All jacked up to mach 10, with more travel shots and swirling cameras than a Spielberg on speed. What we have here is simply mind-numbing entertainment; a sensory overload of images, fast cutting, and rapid-fire dialog. However, don't expect the sophistication of classic screwball. These are the twenties reimagined by the hyperactive kids of today. I did not know who directed it going in, and since the credits were put off to the end, it became a fun diversion to guess who the director might be during the viewing of the film. My first guess was Baz Luhrmann, but it turns out it is a young tyro by the name of Damien Chazelle. During the film, I kept thinking, what would von Stroheim have done? Now there was a director who could show decadence without hammering home the point.
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Re: "Babylon" (2022)

Postby ChrisB » 26 Jul 2023, 18:50

It's the sort of film which instantly appeals, but I, too, have heard that it is absolutely awful. Shame.

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Re: "Babylon" (2022)

Postby The Fish » 15 Aug 2023, 11:27

GoogaMooga wrote:but it turns out it is a young tyro by the name of Damien Chazelle.


You make it sound like you've never herd of him. He won best director oscar for La La Land
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Re: "Babylon" (2022)

Postby GoogaMooga » 15 Aug 2023, 14:44

The Fish wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:but it turns out it is a young tyro by the name of Damien Chazelle.


You make it sound like you've never herd of him. He won best director oscar for La La Land


Yeah, I found out later.
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