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RE: Sorry, but pointless is pointless . . .

The film can have lots of points - be well-acted, have good cinematography and a great score and can even be well directed. And it can be all of those things and be as you say "[not] the least entertaining nor enjoyable."

Indeed, it's a reason I am not a big fan of Citizen Kane which is often regarded as THE greatest film of all time and I can't really fault any of the individual pieces - but in the end, the sum of the parts don't add up for me.

And it's not the run time. Drive My Car is 3 hours long and nothing actually happens - no car chase or shootouts - it's 3 hours of talking and watching a Saab driving on highways - I found it riveting.

I have read about a dozen people's takes so far on their rankings and what I find interesting this year is there is little consensus - WSS is chosen as best on some and dead last on some as is Power of the Dog.

It kind of reminds me of The English Patient. Everyone I know hated it - boring long melodramatic - I liked it the most but I had read the novel and enjoyed the film's take. Not best picture worthy but Hollywood likes the cinematography (pretty videos of nice locations).

At the end of the day movies like music are gut reactions - you watch/listen and the artist grabs you or he/she doesn't. You can't "explain" something to get them to like it any more than you can convince me to eat Brussels Sprouts by pointing out the vitamins and minerals in it - thanks I'll take water and a vitamin pill instead.

Most people seem to love it - and it is the heavy favourite to win the best picture award. There are some rumblings of a CODA upset but I think they put that crap out there to generate some interest that it's worth tuning in to see the "upset" but it only has 3 award nominations and not for the director so that is highly HIGHLY unlikely.

Edits: 03/26/22

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