This is all quite “Alms: Renegade Film Reviewer”
I agree with others that you’re severely underrating Ex Machina. It is undeniably an extremely well-made film on a variety of levels. I would argue that as a film, it’s better made than the rather mediocre storytelling in Arrival. Arrival is a very good movie, but it has a lot of issues, not least kind of falling apart at the end. Ex Machina though is precision-engineered in a way Arrival isn’t. It may not shock anyone, but it tells a story very well, and if the story isn’t new, the presentation is so successful that it essentially replaces the older versions of the same story.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I loathe BBT with the fire of a thousand suns, and I liked Ex Machina. I don’t really see any contradiction at all there.
There’s literally no possibility Scorsese believes that. In fact I believe he’s specifically stated otherwise. Are you aware of his other films, though? This isn’t the first time he’s had a faintly-charming and sympathetic portrayal of a total scumbag. It’s part of his style.
Sure, but that’s true of a huge number of movies, particularly Fight Club and The Matrix. There are countless others which attract an awful following, though, often mercifully briefly before people grow up.
I am with you here! Preach it!