McKay also bookends the movie with what I think of as cinema’s Universal Bimbos, those young, dumb counterparts to the mean old ladies with puckered mouths whose clucking is meant to symbolize small-town hypocrisy or whatever. In “Vice,” some women dancing in slow motion and a female fan of the “Fast and Furious” franchise pop onscreen, symbolizing American decline. – Manohla Dargis [New York Times]

DICK CHENEY is humanized by Adam McKay and brought to life by Christian Bale‘s deft channeling.

I loved the film for its brilliance, behind and in front of the camera. Hated it for continuing a toxic pattern.

The story is about power.

Women have none, but do the lives they live amid these male-driven movies matter?

The direction of Adam McKay is near genius. It also has a flaw.

The end… Two men have a fist fight over the 2016 outcome. The camera zooms in on a young white female who ignores them to gush over a coming “Fast and Furious” release.

I’ve seen most of the “Fast and Furious” franchise on cable. They go great with pizza and wine.

The women I know are more likely to roll their eyes at the two men and walk out.

It’s a clunker of an endnote in a film that didn’t need one.

That’s one issue.

Condoleezza Rice‘s battles with Cheney and Rumsfeld were epic. McKay ignored Rice, a major point of conflict in the first term. She was seen as President George W. Bush‘s dear friend which added to the friction.

At least Dick’s wife was shown getting him elected to Congress. Not much to see here. Move along.

McKay’s direction earned the Oscar nomination he received.

What is missing in “Vice” mars the final product.

When we talk about industry sexism, the discussions often earnestly turn on words like representation and inclusion, but what we are talking about is an industry that systematically sees and treats women as inferior. [New York Times]


It doesn’t stop me from giving the film a strong #recommend.

Art is representative of its creator. Presented in a world created by men.

But times up.