In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “As nauseatingly whimsical as the French tend to be.”
The main reason I started this blog was to make me watch more movies, and to vary the kinds of movies I watched. The first part of that has been well and truly accomplished with me watching hundreds of movies for the first time, instead of falling back on old favourites over and over again. But l’m not sure if I’ve varied my selections enough. I still watch mainly American movies, with directors, writers and actors that make them a pretty safe bet. So this year, I’m forcing myself to seek out more international movies. With Foreign Language Weekends, every weekend(ish) during 2016, I’ll review two(ish) non-English language movies.
“Everything OK, sir???”
Dissatisfied rich people, sad sacking it around while they’re depressed about their many possessions and loved ones not bringing them any fulfilment is a movie trope that never needs to be used again. I guess because anyone with any real success in the movie business is going to have a certain amount of material wealth, it’s just writers and directors making movies with entitled rich people problems they can relate to, even if it’s foreign to the average viewer.
The only way to make a trope like this even more unbearable, would be to add a precious French twist on top. Had I known that either of these personal pet peeves were a possibility with Bird People, I would have steered way clear. But like so many of these foreign movie experiments this year, I went in blind. And, for what I think might be the first time, that blindness led me into a big ol’ pile of pretentious, naval gazing shit. (more…)