So Dunkirk is on 97%. That's -blam!-ing stunning. So I thought to myself, what about my favourite film(s)? Haven't looked at many yet, but Return of the King is on 94%. :3 Let's have a look at some others: Akira - N/A Alien - 83 2001: A Space Odyssey - 86 Fantasia - N/A Jurassic Park - 68 The Lego Movie - 83 The Dark Knight - 82 Paranormal Activity - 68 Planet of the Apes (original) - 79 I may be forgetting a few. How about you lot?
La Jetée - N/A Fight Club - 66 In The Mood For Love - 85 Spirited Away - 96 Oldboy - 76 Playtime - N/A F is for Fake - N/A Rubber - 59 The Shining - 60 Donnie Darko - 70 Would it be pretentious to say that it seems directors sacrifice rave reviews to be avant-garde and esoteric? I suppose "metacritic" is, naturally, geared towards the meta, rather than towards a genuine appreciation of film. [i]The Shining[/i] deserves so much more. The issue I have is that the critics who reviewed the film negatively tend to provide similar explanations, lack of action and lack of main character. But Kubrick did that intentionally to invoke confusion and uncertainty; you would think people whose jobs are to review movies would recognize that, right? I have a similar qualm with [i]Rubber[/i]. These people are paid to watch, analyze, and review movies, and almost none of them recognized that the film wasn't actually about a killer tire? The thing I love about that movie so much is that it literally makes a joke out of people who take films like that at face value. It directly mocks the movie industry for influencing this mentality, in a ridiculously obvious manner. The punchline of a joke will never understand the purpose of comedy, it seems. It reminds me of the misinterpretations of Robert Frost's "Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening." You find that shit on calendars, when it's about a man contemplating suicide.