My review of Babylon from Damien Chazelle and Paramount: It’s a rank piece of work.

Awards season 2023.

Tonight, I’m watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards screener of Babylon from Paramount. I’m about three-quarters of the way into this 3+ hour waste of film stock (the first cut was over 4 hours long), and I’m weary. This would-be epic is a cartoonish, bromidic, insipid misuse of talent, and Damien Chazelle’s self-indulgence is clichéd and platitudinous—another $78 million production budget bites the dust.

My review: If you enjoy an elephant shitting directly into the camera lens (it happens before the main title), you might find some value in this piece; if you think that a movie needs a story or a point of view, you won’t.

Trust me. Save your popcorn money.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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