Book Of Amos: Amos Reviews The Counselor (2013, Dir. Ridley Scott)

The Counselor (2013) Movie Review

     “Everybody Talks. Everybody Talks. Everybody Talks.”
                                   – Neon Trees, ‘Everybody Talks’

After White People Planet, I was kinda unsure about Ridley Scott. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, since I’ll love anything in the Alien universe, and that especially includes Alien: Resurrection in a genuine, unironic way. But Ridley Scott has definitely been on an increasingly steep slope in terms of his quality. Desert Spies, Gladiator Hood, Scarface 2: The Quickening and A Fucking Movie About a House Renovation?! have all indicated a master who has individual elements of greatness in different films, but has yet to cohesively assemble them as he did in his prime. White People Planet should have been a cakewalk for the auteur, and yet, the work of Damon Lindelof (not Spaihts, whose original script is so much better) didn’t jive with Ridley’s aversion to explore the philosophical ideas that were hinted at. If only he would have made an entire movie of David’s Bicyclesketball.

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Happy Birthday David: Will The New Prometheus Teaser Be More Interesting Than The Film?

I’m starting to get worried. All these Trailers, viral videos (TED talk & Happy Birthday David), film stills, and the speculation surrounding Prometheus seem to be weaving together some grand picture none of us are able to see. If Scott is lucky, these new dimensions will function like brush strokes on a Van Gogh; indistinguishable, yet beautiful when focused on individually, but harmonious and complete when viewed as a finished work. If he’s not, Prometheus will fall on the mountain of its own hype and become nerd rant fodder (probably me,) as to why the Alien franchise should have been left alone.

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