Prometheus, while not the total misfire many would have you believe, is a profoundly disappointing film. Spend enough time thinking and reading thinkpieces about it, and it's easy to convince yourself otherwise. I did it to myself, thinking "hey, maybe Prometheus is actually a lot smarter than I remember!"
But Prometheus is nowhere near as smart as it wants to be. Sure, it subverts the expectations surrounding a film in the Alien universe pretty well. The DNA is there, but…
On one hand, Logan is a an incredible, albeit stark, look at the future of America. A future in which the marginalized flee north, to Canada. A future in which corporations have more say than the common man, and the government brews up secret murder machines to keep the population in check.
On the other, the entire first act is a contrived mess. The entire opening feels unnecessary, and goes on for far too long. Just when it starts getting…
I don't feel particularly passionate about Hell or High Water. In fact, I'm not particularly interested in writing about it, which tends to be a bad sign.
It was fine, I guess. Some really high highs (Jeff Bridges, soundtrack) and the lows never really felt that low. But for the most part it just seemed... uninspired is the best way to put it, I guess.
More than anything, Reel Bad Arabs made me want to read the book upon which the documentary is based. Its 50 minute run time never feels like quite enough to give the subject matter the time or the respect that it really deserves.
Of course, the content truly is fascinating, and as overviews go, Reel Bad Arabs is competent enough. It's very academic, which helps the film at some points, and acts as a set back at others.