The Meanest Thing Anyone's Ever Said To Pauline Kael

And as for Damnation by Béla Tarr. Do you think anyone's ever watched Stalker and thought: "You know what this has too much of? Happiness." And thus Damnation. What a miserable film. 2 hours of ennui the likes of which I've never experienced before. Even the scenes of passionate love making look two shakes from a wake. I've put myself through a lot of slow films in the past (ask anyone), but this is where I draw the damned line. Even the cinematography bored me; on paper it sounds great, and yes, the still images do look stunning, but together, with it's pacing and the fact that it looks as though it was shot on video, I can't say a thing in this movie's defense.

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