Mini-rant re By the Sea: The term "vanity project" means "How dare people use clout to do what they want regardless of market dictates?" 1/2— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 6, 2015
Hate the result if you want, but condemning the principle always feels prim and scoldy, like "You got above yourself and need slapping." 2/2— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 6, 2015
By Katie Walsh | The Playlist
A vintage convertible zips along vertiginous roads atop sunbaked white cliffs to a grooving ‘60s tune. Stars Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt bring to mind Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in their resort wear glam, which is a fine reference to open “By the Sea,” an arty, retro trip through the stiff-but-soused relationships unfolding during the transition from the Greatest Generation to the Sexual Revolution. A decided left turn from her biopic “Unbroken,” Jolie Pitt’s film is an experiment in deeply personal, highly stylized filmmaking that is only partially successful in its efforts. “By the Sea” will most likely be remembered as a cult curio in Angelina Jolie Pitt’s filmmaking career. It’s an ambitious project that strives for a European New Wave vibe, steeped in musings on trauma, grief, and what makes a marriage. It’s hard to imagine that anyone will love this film — it’s too reserved to inspire fervent emotional connection — but with serious contemplation, it’s entirely respectable in its attempts to grapple with the subject in this manner.
By the Sea review: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt aren't after sympathy in cod Euro art film https://t.co/aopJnD9qHk— Guardian Film (@guardianfilm) November 6, 2015