Remember when everyone knew that "Gran Torino" wasn't a great movie within the first two minutes after Clint Eastwood's grandchildren show up to church and they are total caricatures and it is embarrassing that a director and writer would even suggest that an audience take such an image seriously? And then the hammy, on-the-money dialogue and characterizations continue for an hour and a half from everyone in the movie? Richard Brody did not know that.
Also, The Darjeeling Limited? Are we talking about the one with the mediocre performances by Anjelica Huston and Adrien Brody and a weak, telegraphed script missing the excellent emotional payoff of Wes Anderson's other films? We're talking about *that* Wes Anderson movie? I mean, I've seen people spell "Tenenbaums" with the incorrect number of "Ns" but this has to qualify as the worst typo of that movie's title that I've ever seen. Unless Richard Brody really did mean The Darjeeling Limited. But I can't believe that true.
And Knocked Up? The Judd Apatow movie that EVERYONE and their mother thought had a poor final act? You know, the movie that was funny for the first two hours but then tried to get serious at the end and failed? We're talking about Knocked Up as one of the Ten Best Movies of the Decade?
Okay, Richard Brody. Funny joke? What are your real entries for best American films of the decade? Did you see any good Paul Thomas Anderson? Maybe something by the Coen Brothers? Spike Jonze, there's an interesting director. What about this Scorsese kid? Or this super-indie Asian director, Ang Lee?
No? Sticking with "Gran Torino"?