"Ideas are like fish.”
"What is now proved was once only imagined."
I can't remember the last time there was such a dramatic discrepancy between my perception of a film and its reception by audiences and critics worldwide. I'm literally waiting for the day when someone exposes all of this Thunder Road worship as a kind of fake news story planted by fringe film culture groups in Russia. How else can this be explained? I'm simply baffled by the praise this incompetent mess is getting.
The whole film has an uncomfortable and infectious laziness. It's a great movie to watch while slumping in a couch on a Sunday afternoon, or while sitting gingerly on a stranger's bed on a Thursday night. Watch it while standing in a friend's apartment after the party has left.
But there also seems to be a raging subtext beneath a plot that develops in slow motion. Bujalski does this by indulging in awkward silences and nervous gestures, using them to…