THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2023
Also, watching The Fabelmans: As the minutes have ticked by today, the Feiler faster thesis (FFT) seems to have struck again.
A new arrival on the front has shoved the debate about the College Board aside. We'll put the new arrival off until another day. Next week, we hope to offer a wider array of reactions to the debate about the College Board's Advanced Placement course—about the debate which seems to have been eclipsed by today's new arrival.
For now, we'll offer a quick reaction to something we did last night. In a bit of an homage to the Feiler faster thesis, we semi-watched the Oscar-nominated film, The Fabelmans, fast forwarding all the way through.
Having fast forwarded through the Spielberg film, we decided to peruse the reviews. We were stunned by the many raves it received, but no review was more surprising than the one by Manohla Dargis in the New York Times.
Dargis is one of the Times' two chief movie critics. Like her colleague, A. O. Scott, she didn't include The Fabelmans in her list of the year's ten best films. There's still justice in the world!
That said, in Dargis' case, it gets better, or possibly worse! As you can see by clicking this link, she also didn't include The Fabelmans in her list of 23 other films from last year which she said we should "make sure to watch."
That would seem to mean that, for Dargis, The Fabelmans was, at best, the 34th best film of the year. And yet, her review of the film strikes us as a borderline rave. These major reviewers today!
The Fabelmans died at the box office too, though not as badly as Tár; it struck us as a serious dud. That doesn't mean that we hate all films. Last Friday, we stumbled upon 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a bit more than fifteen years after it first appeared.
The film appeared in 2007, live and direct from Romania. It won three awards at Cannes, including the Palme d'Or.
It kept us watching till late in the night. We're grateful that we stumbled upon it.
For background information, click here. We're very glad that we saw it.
Domestic box office to date: According to Box Office Mojo, The Fabelmans has brought in $17.0 million. Tár is closing in on 6.5.