they really got this right. right actor, right tone. the only area it falters, & the one where far from home truly outshines it, is in the action, which feels just a touch underwhelming here, particularly in the end. peter doesn't beat the vulture! his machine blows up.
i hope whoever slipped 'space age love song' into the soundtrack got a nice little performance bonus, because that was an inspired song choice.
birds of passage (2018) 3.5/5 new-ish film about columnian pot trafficking from the directors who gave us the great 'embrace of the serpent' a few years back.
no disputing that this a very well made movie.
but every time i find myself watching a movie about drug trading & traffickers going to war, all my 'i'm bored' neurons start to fire.
i thought that the columbian authenticity & the film-making pedigree in play here would make this more interesting to me, but i just can't find it in me to care about things like this. it was very well made & felt completely authentic, but i was never fully engaged & ended up vaguely bored by the whole thing.
her smell (2019) 4/5
i very much enjoyed the first 2/3s of this in much the same way that i've enjoyed alex ross perry's other films, mainly as a chronicle of unpleasantness & general jerkiness on the main character's part. i almost loved it, but the (unusually happy for a perry film) ending left me a little bit underwhelmed, mainly because the generic indie rock played didn't seem to warrant the kind of victory claimed. lou barlow or ira kaplan would have stuck that last number on a throw-away b-sides compilation, not used it as the song to mark their triumphant return.
still an interesting, fun, sometimes annoying & chaotic watch.