|The Rover . . .
||[Jun. 22nd, 2014|01:16 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
. . . is your classic artsy-fartsy snooze-fest. It could easily have been filmed with a still camera: shoot an image, put it up on the screen for three to five minutes, shoot another one and put it up for a minute and a half, then another for, say, two minutes twenty; it moves that slowly. I love films where the "dialog" consists of one character asking another a two-word question to which the second's reply is silence and a blank stare. The question---and the silence---are then repeated at least twice more for effect. This isn't unique to The Rover, lots of films are scripted this way, especially indy artsy films. I've heard it said that being able to emote powerfully without any dialog is real acting. Fine, you guys grunt at each other for an hour and a half and I'll go to Target for shampoo and toilet paper and we'll see who ends up more thoroughly entertained. Also, the "post-apocalyptic" genre was used up a while ago. We need for someone to make up a new story.