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SMR 431: White Noise

Rod does a solo review of Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise.”


  1. PamelaM8

    Hi Rod! I am leaving this comment before I have listened to the review and the only reason that I’m doing this is because I just happened to watch this movie yesterday; I’m trying to watch movies on Fridays as opposed to TV shows during the week so that I can get through everything on my list. Zero stars?? Cannot wait to hear what you thought about it and now wish Justin could have been on with you too; those Midsommar and Lamb movie reviews that you both did were classic and highly entertaining.

    As a Gen Xer when I watched White Noise, I mostly saw the 80’s movie tropes and then I recognized, oh this seems to be more like a play and then Oh, you’re talking about COVID here! But that’s about all I got out of it. I appreciate the time you’re taking out of your busy schedule to do these, off to listen to it now. Well wishes and continued success!


  2. RoninRaphael

    Wow, a zero review! Did morbius get zero? I might have to go see this movie now. I blame you Rod. Wait, did you just reverse psychology me? Aha, almost got the hustler, but not today!


    Hey Rod, before I go into White Noise, I’d like to apologize for my condescension in my review for Glass Onion. Hearing you read, made me realize, “yeah, I am a bit too harsh on The Rock”. My tone was a lot over-the-top to the point I misquoted you about Dave. That wasn’t right and my bad. He’s definitely paved the way for Cena & Bautista to be where they are in Hollywood. Yes, I still maintain he’s been up his ass as of late, but he was able to stretch beyond his wrestling shtick. Also, you and Karen were right on about the Colonization themes of Wakanda Forever. Having seen it on three times, I noticed it more clearly in the second viewing.

    So, onto White Noise, yeah, man, this was a weird film with a solid cast, great Danny Elfman score and a interesting premise. There are parts of it I did like, particularly with the family and the plays of the explosion having an effect on the citizens and the centered characters. Greta Gerwig is really good and the film would’ve been better off focusing on her arc than Adam Driver, who I thought was good as well, if overly dryer than an 80s cameo from Ben Stein. Props to Don Cheadle being here and doing his thing.

    This film has a massive tone and quirk problem, which is where I was like, “movie, don’t insult our intelligence; is it A or B and can you stay in it that specific lane?” It takes its time a bit way too much that the resolution left a lot to be desired. There’s fun in it, I thought and I did wish Andre 3000 and Jodie Turner-Smith needed more screentime, because we could’ve had some interesting characters outside of Driver, Gerwig & Cheadle. I took was also lost with the Elvis/Hitler comparison. I didn’t get it and I didn’t care. What was the damn point. Again, it had parts I liked but the longer I think about it, this shit felt like a 2 or a 2.5 out of five, instead of the 3/5 I gave it on LetterboxD. Such a disappointment.

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