I wrote this story a couple years ago after seeing this movie for the first time. Saw it again on the big screen today, and I think the main thing I got egregiously wrong was underestimating how often I would nod off. I’m only human, and it is one of those complete visions that is spacious enough to curl up inside on a snowy afternoon.
The reputation that Todd Field has accrued in the last decade or so seems to me to be based mostly on hot air. Field acted in Eyes Wide Shut, made two well-received literary adaptations (which were Kubrick's stock-in-trade) and has been attached to a few more over the years that never came to fruition. The one that did more than anything to create an aura of genius around his name was the rumor that he was developing Blood Meridian with…