This is the love letter to Hollywood I wish once upon a time was so that i could watch online. It falls somewhere between francofenia and the disaster artist. Seeing the ins and outs of the film industry at a turning point. Celebrating the past, studying the current and giving a peak into the future with amazing references and free download. It’s like he’s editing the film as it’s being shown to you. When he sees lynch in the theater he shows you the next scene through Lynch’s lens. Its metra on the same level as adaptation. Brilliant.
By that time James Franco should understand that he’s better to stick to what he knows to do best and leave the directing to someone else.
Definitely he was trying to do something new here. It’s a semi art project with multiple cinema references that supposed to please film geeks. But his attempt at doing this new type of serious movie of his still has this Rogen/McBride vibe. And it’s as always not funny.
It begs the question : “what is the audience for this film?”. It’s pretentious, but not clever and half-assed, tries to be funny and fails.
Once again it’s better than the last Tarantino movie. But it’s not that much of an achievement.