While Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color received controversial press for its stark portrayal of sexuality, the film’s only real problem is in its self-indulgence. Choked with scenes of endless dancing, staring into space and, yes, sex, the film needs an editor; at over an hour too long, the film’s essential moments and images are lost in the ego of the author. Of course Kechiche is not alone in his onanism; many an excellent director has fallen victim to believing that everything shot is sacred, including Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now Redux, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomanic, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Michael Cimino’s infamous Heaven’s Gate. This is to say nothing of the glut of Hollywood monstrosities such as Titanic, The Lord of the Rings and all of the superheroes piled atop each other.It’s the simpler things that ring true, such as a director listening to his inner voice: “Cut!”
You don’t like THE SHINING?
“The Shining” is great, but needs a good half hour loped off!
I would add Boyhood to your barber’s list Donny – a great film that would not be harmed by ‘taking a little more off the sides’.
I didn’t think “Boyhood” needn’t too much of a trim; some films – like “Magnolia”, “Thin Red Line” & “The Deer Hunter” – are justified in their epic stature.
ABSOLUTELY re: the Deer Hunter. Top 10 films for me. What parts do you feel could be removed from the Shining? I feel like maybe the extended lengthy bits add to the overarching ominous feeling that makes it so scary in the end.
…I totally agree about Blue is the Warmest Color.
Almost every scene in The Shining, from beginning to end, could be edited. I find myself zoning out often.