I simply can’t find the words (or the feelings behind the words) to describe the soulless hell that is this week’s reboot of Vacation.
So instead, I’m daydreaming — thinking of movies that will never be.
Delving into a phenomenon, documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman explores the
startling flashpoint of the rise of a movement surrounding the granting
of one 5-year-old cancer patient’s wish to be Batman for a day.
Screenwriters/producers Scott Neustadter and
Michael H. Weber have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as the
teen-to-YA dramedy guys, having worked together on (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars.
Chris Columbus, as a director, has bounced
around the spectrum, although he tends to give audiences movies that are
heavy on manufactured whimsy or
seemingly sure-fire adaptations that never quite take off as they should in his hands.
The viewing experience sometimes needs to
be shared, and I’m talking about films beyond the obvious genre
exercises — the found-footage horrors where very little happens,
seemingly made for midnight screenings, or the mythic displays of
cartoonish world-beating violence that dominate the shared mythic realms
of our comic book universes.