(Made) Five years removed from Brokeback Mountain, this still feels relatively early on in the process of getting beyond token gay characters.
"From an historical perspective, perhaps one can understand this being a Criterion release. I know some of this is dependent on what they can get the rights to overall. As a film, this one is kind of forgettable, if technically proficient. It's a good first attempt. "
Even through it's complicated history of interpretations, Metropolis is very much the definition of essential cinema.
This is the perfect film for Criterion treatment.
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They lost me at "How does one afford a trip to Antarctica?"
Ultimately, I think this film only serves as a time capsule for what qualified for popular action in 1972. If I had a parallel for today, one could place something in the Fast and Furious franchise for its equivalent. Not sure we'll ever see any of the FF movies on Criterion. This one shouldn't be on here, anymore than Armageddon or The Rock.
The combination of Hiller, Lemmon, Miller and Jones no doubt is what makes this a Criterion selection. I can't argue with this. As a film, it may not be a classic, but it is worth exploring.
Chaplin is definitely going to be on my list for future watches. I had avoided him to now because through local television, I grew up on Harold Lloyd. I figured if you've seen one, you'd seen them all. I really do need to see them all.
There are people out in the world, no matter how much is shut down. They fight a battle just like the one being fought here. Like Block, some of them just need a reason to carry on.