Because if "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is going to find an audience during its release, I don't think it's going to be doing the film any favors if it's hyped. There's a lot of good things about the film, but I also found a number of holes. My biggest criticism was this: "Zeitlin has created a fully imagined fantasy world, but he rarely allows the viewer to emotionally inhabit it," as I wrote.
While the story’s heart lies in the relationship between the expressive adorable little star Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father (Dwight Henry), I felt the characters—and their setting—remain too much at a distance. Now I know there were plenty of Sundance viewers who felt a stronger emotional connection to the material than I, but I can't discount my own experience of the film. There's a lot to look at, for sure, but narratively, it's wild and woolly, not unlike some Terry Gilliam flight of fancy, and I just don't believe it coheres. Come on, did you all really buy the bit with the explosives stuffed in the crocodile?
Hmmm, yes. But my "read it here first" referred to the declaration that 20 FEET would win. You predicted ACT OF KILLING will. @adambenzinePosted 15 hours ago
"You read it here first," claims @antkaufman, "it's @TheActofKilling vs @20ftFromStardom for #Oscar." Hmmmm: http://t.co/eLKS2a6op1Posted 15 hours ago
RT @thompowers: Who's in @STFdocs #MonMemo this week? @adambenzine @peterknegt @Indiewire @antkaufman @lilyrothman http://t.co/CxXA8hGkKE (…Posted 16 hours ago
@antkaufman Hi Anthony, just made a music video exploring bath salts. I'd love to hear your thoughts: http://t.co/6eH0vDhsnoPosted 1 day ago