Bradshaw Watch – Palo Alto (2014)

For anyone struggling to get through Peter Bradshaw’s review of Palo Alto (2014) in The Guardian, here is a rundown of his thoughts on the film – minus bluntly-stated plot details he could have copy-pasted from Wikipedia:

– Peter begins his review by stating that “a generic label here could be More Than Zero” – deftly pointing out how shit the pun he is using is, while using it anyway. This gag also allows him to subtly but firmly assure his readers that he has read Bret Easton Ellis’ novel Less Than Zero (1985), going so far as to name the author directly to ram the point home

– The film is directed by Gia Coppola, who Peter points out is the granddaughter of “Francis Ford”. Bradshaw does not specify who he means here, but it is obvious to cinephiles such as Peter and myself that he of course means Francis Ford Coppola

– The film is based on a a short story collection by James Franco

– The film also stars James Franco, and Jack Kilmer – “son of Val”. Bradshaw does not specify who he means here, but it is obvious to cinephiles such as Peter and myself that he of course means Val Kilmer

– The film also stars Emma Roberts

– One character uses an e-cigarette, which Peter suggests might symbolise “a spiritual void” of some kind. He goes so far as to suggest that this character is “another of modern cinema’s dodgy vapers,” suggesting a widespread pattern – though without providing any other specific examples

– The film also stars Nat Wolff

– Jack Kilmer, Peter feels, has “an open, attractive screen presence,” and an “unaffected charm”

DO NOT BE FOOLED. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COUNTERFEIT FILM CRITICISM, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE STATION – OR LEAVE A TESTIMONIAL ON FLICKBOOK.WORDPRESS.COM

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