The final act of any career is what the artist makes of it. Some will cash their cheques and coast along with passion projects like Paul McCartney or the sale of their back catalogue like Bob Dylan. Others will continue to chisel out their filmography with drab hands and easy cash like Bruce Willis. Some will cater to their passions; others will take the backhander and very few will finesse it so well that they can do both. Jack Nicholson feels like a man that could do both, and he did that with the final few films of his career. About Schmidt was his last gasp at Academy Awards success, and although he fell just short, it doesn’t matter all that much.
Seeing some doomed love affair aboard a sinking, eponymous ship scrabbled together far more money and notoriety than it should have. Titanic is a love story with tragedy at its end, its sole desire to tell a tale that, possibly, maybe, could have probably happened. There was bound to be at least one affair aboard this doomed voyage that mother nature sunk, although the details of it and the legacy of such a catastrophe are not all that suitable for Hollywood romantic dramas. Utilising this real-world event as cannon fodder for an expression of love dying in the cold and uncaring waters of the world, Titanic and director James Cameron bite off more than they can chew.
Albert Camus once said: “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.” My mind, ravaged by alcohol and deprived of rest, associated this quote with the rise, fall, and second coming of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld). Bee Movie follows Benson’s struggle as he simply tries to fit in. He is teased by the outer world of the hive and what it has to offer. You could say he is not “beeing” the ideal bee. Bee Movie is now a great meme machine and a culturally notorious piece for a generation, not through quality, but because of character and heart. It is difficult to evaluate the true merits of innovation and craftsmanship here. Everyone is quick to mock a 150 million dollar movie until they realise that’s the budget for Bee Movie, a movie about bees reclaiming their rights and their honey.