As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty ★½

As I was watching, occasionally I saw flashes of improvised inspiration from Jonas Mekas's 4.5 hour home movie assemblage, but I grew more and more tired, and ultimately fed up with his gimmicky and sentimental shtick.

Seriously, this movie is three and half hours too long. You can watch the extended "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" for nearly the same amount of time and get much more satisfaction from a movie. It has hobbits, orcs, Gollum, three or four battles (?), a wedding, and even singing.

This movie has a wedding or two (I fell asleep four times, can't tell you how many weddings there were), birth, christenings, celebrity cameos, and family walks in the park. It's all very mundane; Jonas Mekas's poetry/commentary tries to give it a sense of profundity, but scene after scene of rough 8mm photography and random splicing together of footage became tiresome very fast. The reverence Letterboxd has for this movie truly astounds me.