Monday, December 19, 2005

So is Roger Ebert.

Roger Ebert posted his Top 10 of 2005 a day or so ago. It's a decent list, I suppose. Fairly vanilla, no big surprises. Save one. His choice of the best film of the year. Now, I'm all for diversity of opinion, but Crash? Let me say unequivocally that if anything, this film is one of the worst of this past 12 months.

Here is a movie that pretends to teach us a lesson about race relations and humanity and open-mindedness, and really all it has to say is "Racism is bad." If you need a movie to inform you of such, you should be permanently locked in a tiny, tiny box. Let us all sit back and marvel at the profundity of such scenes as "Racist arab store owner shoots Nice Mexican Locksmith's Daughter...with blanks!" Or how about "Sandra Bullock comes to see her Hispanic maid as a human being!"

David Denby, in The New Yorker, called this one "easily the strongest American film since Clint Eastwood's 'Mystic River'." That's kind of like saying "in the last year and a half." I predict that time will reveal Crash as an embarassment upon the critical establishment in America. That they fall for a contrivance, a safe little confection like this, only proves their encroaching senility and irrelevance.


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