Noah Baumbach Is the Naked Emperor
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
It should be noted, anyone who can get a movie made in this climate of super hero sequels and animated blockbusters deserves a pat on the back. That being said, it seems I'm definitely in the minority - given the adulation and praise his work normally receives -, when I say I simply do not understand what audiences, and, more to the point, critics, see in any of Noah Baumbach's films.
Greenberg (2010), which featured Ben Stiller as a failed musician who's left alone while house-sitting for his brother in L.A., was one of the most pointless studies in futility I've witnessed, and, although the acting was good, The Squid and the Whale (2005) was, in my opinion, another waste of time. Even The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which won Baumbach, and director Wes Anderson, numerous awards and accolades for its animation, was turned off halfway through due to droopy eyelids.
Before you come after me with the hi-brow, "You just don't appreciate character studies," defense - if, by character studie
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