“Glass Onion” and “Babylon” broke people’s brains

to whom they are immune To the charms of ™ Elon Musk’s Twitter ™ – prof Squid gameLike the arena teeming with hackers, crypto enthusiasts, men’s rights activists who look like Pitbulls, and daily spam messages promoting “part-time work” – the current movie may have escaped notice. In short: Three films, eagerly awaited by audiences, were made available over the Christmas holiday weekend. there was Avatar: Water RoadJames Cameron’s $350 million special effects extravaganza featuring emo whales and Sigourney Weaver as a 14-year-old girl; Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery, a murder-mystery on Netflix that Daniel Craig brags about in fantastic fits doing his best Michael Scott impersonations as Caleb Crawdad; And the Babylondirector Damien Chazelle’s ode to old Hollywood as it featured a coke scene featuring Margot Robbie throwing a venomous snake.

The results were mixed. the symbol picture The sequel has already grossed $1 billion worldwide (“Don’t bet on James Cameron, yada yada yada’) while transcending the same tired critiques more than a decade ago—that is, they made little cultural impact and represented more style than substance. glass onion It instantly shot to the top of the Netflix movie chart, with 35 million households streaming Rian Johnson’s Murder Unit within the first three days of its release (most likely at the streamer’s parents’ house with motion smoothing turned on). Babylon It went down with a whine, earning just $3.6 million (despite an $80 million budget) in North America over its four-day weekend. Unfortunately for us, these three versions also generated some embarrassing rhetoric in this aspect Licorice pizza.

Waiver symbol picture Seems like a fool’s errand, so let’s focus on the other two. glass onion Principal detective Benoit Blanc (Craig, Delicious) concerns the investigation of a pair of murders in which wealthy suspects, and all their old friends, are invited to a private island at the height of the Covid pandemic by billionaire Uber tech founder Miles Bronn (Edward Norton, in Home Playing Dick). ). We soon discover – mild spoiler alert – that Bron is a devious conman who has elevated nearly every one of his ideas. Johnson’s film has received positive reviews from critics and is in conversation for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (the first installment is also nominated), which has led to a degree of backlash on social media.

Since Twitter has devolved into a personality cult around its eccentric owner, Elon Musk, Tesla raider associates have rallied to his defense, blasting the film with negative graffiti online (a tacit admission they see similarities between Musk and Bron). One such white knight was conservative troll Ben Shapiro, of the Daily Wire and Lollipop Guild, who authored 17 tweets to his 5.3 million followers explaining exactly why he despised the movie. Shapiro argued ways glass onion Apparently assume that “Elon Musk is a bad, stupid guy, and that anyone who likes him — in media, politics, or technology — pays him.”

Other galvanizing criticisms from Shapiro, who also had a fair amount of trouble wrapping his head around Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” anthem, included: “How many rockets has Johnson fired lately?” Something about “social justice warriors,” and an audience grab that “actively deceives the writer” because the movie, again, is murder mysterycontains a great deal of misdirection. Shapiro grumbles glass onion Not surprising, of course, given that he counts himself among the outsiders who have done so chirp for Years About they hatred Johnson star Wars installment last jedi.

Oh, and if all of that wasn’t enough, none other than a meta employee fired Tweet accuse critics who enjoyed glass onion “Active lie when they say it’s a great movie”. (The tweet supposedly received over 5 million views.)

Which brings us to Babylon, director Damien Chazelle’s three-hour-and-plus excursion from the silent era into the conversations of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s. We see this transition through the eyes of Manny (Diego Calva), a Mexican-American hired worker who rises through the ranks of the film industry, crossing paths with Nellie Laroy (Margot Robbie), a young star he is infatuated with, and Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt), a silent movie star. Aged in Fairbanks mold and his days are clearly numbered. The proceedings begin with 30 minutes of an executive studio party filled with golden showers, piles of cocaine (and every other drug imaginable), and a dirty elephant. At one point, Tobey Maguire appeared as a creepy, meth-faced gangster in the depths of BDSM. it’s a … Many.

when Babylon It bombed at the box office, and the onus seemed to fall on the shoulders of the film’s heroine, Margot Robbie, who starred in the David O. Recent Russell Amsterdam. article in her home country’s newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald, came with the headline: “Two Fails and You’re Out: The Internet Announces Margot Robbie Is Over.” TMZ’s gossip site piece exclaimed, “Margot Robbie’s latest booby-trap ‘BABYLON’… second flop this year.” daily MailForever a model of self-control, he exclaimed, “Margot Robbie’s latest movie Babylon It flopped at the box office…two months after the last film was panned by critics.”

Oddly enough, Robbie, the saving grace in both films — and a bona fide movie star — might take the brunt of the blame. Chazelle’s latest project, the Netflix mini-series Eddy, about a former jazz musician who runs a nightclub in Paris, who goes unnoticed. His previous film, the Neil Armstrong biopic first manIt grossed just $44.9 million against a budget of $70 million, after Republican politicians ran an unseen smear campaign. BabylonMeanwhile, the PR campaign was almost nonexistent, save for some late-night TV appearances by Robbie and her Vanity Fair Cut cover. (Rolling Stone He couldn’t secure an interview for the movie.) A big reason for the limited press is the actual elephant in the room: Brad Pitt, who was MIA during most of the movie’s press tour due to his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie. Jolie has accused Pitt of being “verbally” and “physically abusive” with their children, and has publicly taken him into business with her alleged abuser, Harvey Weinstein, twice. After, after I captured what happened.

On the marketing side, the trailers for Babylon She was incoherent and her campaign aimed at Gen Z — why would Zoommen spend their weekend sitting in a theater for more than three hours watching a movie about 1920s Hollywood? — it was full of scratchy TikTok videos like the one below, it was embarrassing.

By the way, Robbie will be fine. her blockbuster movie Barbiewhich has already set the Internet on fire, will be released in July.


Disappointing box office numbers for Babylon It also inspired members of the Film Twitterati to defend it against an imaginary mob of buggers “celebrating” its demise. one in particular Viral tweet (2.1 million views, allegedly) They accused those “celebrating the flop” of “celebrating another nail in the coffin of original movie programming made by real studio-level filmmakers”. else took aim in the “devout piety” that encapsulates Chazelle’s emotional project, describing it as “gross and reactionary”. The notion that the public has some moral obligation to stand behind an $80 million studio picture – about Hollywood — by the Academy Award-winning White Dude beautiful silly. Such as time Film critic Stephanie Zacharek booksIt is quite possible to think Babylon is really too bad he still wants “films made for adults” to succeed at the box office. And the idea that we should applaud ‘wild swings’ even when they suck, showing no real feeling, is absurd.”

Maybe it’s all manual pressing because we’ve reached the end of a file Unbelievably It’s been a long year, and the big movie screenings over the weekend have been pretty awful. Or maybe people are getting more reactionary now that Twitter has taken over a carnival red bark. One thing, however, is certain: M3GAN He is coming to save us from all of this Storm and rush it is january. 6.

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