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TITLE: The Nun Something about #TheNun never smelled right to me. I knew it was trouble when I walked ...
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TITLE: The Nun Something about #TheNun never smelled right to me. I knew it was trouble when I walked in, so shame on me. And I would say it took me to places I’ve never been... except that wouldn’t be true. Quite the opposite. “The Nun” takes you to places that you have been so many times. Too many ... TITLE: The Nun
Something about #TheNun never smelled right to me. I knew it was trouble when I walked in, so shame on me. And I would say it took me to places I’ve never been... except that wouldn’t be true. Quite the opposite. “The Nun” takes you to places that you have been so many times. Too many times. A lot of bad comedies are what I would call “one-joke” comedies. “The Nun” is a “one-scare” horror movie, using pretty much one scare tactic (it’s quiet... too quiet... BOO!) to the point in which it’s not only annoying, but it’s boring. I was able to predict the film’s every move, and if you have seen any horror movie ever, so will you.
I admit that I had fun watching “The Nun.” Not because of the movie itself, but because it was easy to make fun of. For example, the movie takes place in 1952... act like it. There isn’t a single light switch used. Why? So then these idiotic characters can walk around in the dark, waiting to get attacked.
Let me tell you, people. If you’re in the dark, and a cloaked figure that you don’t recognize begins talking to you... stay the fuck away. At every turn, these characters walk into danger.
And really, what is this movie even about? Besides grabbing your cash? The story never comes alive, because it isn’t really there. There are a couple of unintentionally hilarious (pardon me: NUN-intentionally hilarious) moments, and I have to wonder: how were these people about to get a bile of Jesus Christ’s blood? Were they standing under him during the crucifixion? Or did they get it during his trips to the hospital? (Oh, wait...?)
“The Nun” looks good in terms of production design, and I liked the very last scene. But... yeah that’s all, folks.
This movie will probably make a killing at the box office. But tell me: how many Oscar nominations will it get?
Nun.
GRADE: C-
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TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians I’ll admit that I initially had no interest in #CrazyRichAsians. Why? ...
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TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians I’ll admit that I initially had no interest in #CrazyRichAsians. Why? I don’t really know actually. I mean, it’s trailer didn’t look particularly funny, and it lacked recognizable faces (despite #MichelleYeoh). But judging from the hype surrounding this movie ... TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians
I’ll admit that I initially had no interest in #CrazyRichAsians. Why? I don’t really know actually. I mean, it’s trailer didn’t look particularly funny, and it lacked recognizable faces (despite #MichelleYeoh). But judging from the hype surrounding this movie over the past couple of weeks, I felt like I was missing out on the conversation, and lord knows I hate that. So I decided to give it a whirl.
And I’m glad I did.
“Crazy Rich Asians” is a very likable movie that oozes with charm from the get-go and never stops charming us. The movie is... dammit, I never use this word, but it’s “cute.” So cute, in fact, that I kinda wanted to hug it as I was watching it.
I did get a sense of familiarity in some of the story elements, but it manages to make the old seem wonderfully new again. My god, the movie also has a great look to it. Everything here is so colorful, and besides the color, all of the production design is so... well, rich, for lack of a better term. I mean shit, did you see that wedding? If someone is able to pull off that weirdly awesome pond wedding for me, it would be much appreciated.
The humor here works too. It’s funny, and occasionally it’s really funny. A lot of that thanks can be given to the screenwriters, but I also think we should thank #Awkwafina, whose comic timing is so dead-on, I’m amazed she doesn’t have her own movie already.
And really, this is just such a likable cast of characters that I really have no objection to a sequel, no matter how unnecessary it could be. As long as we get to spend time with them again. I am ready to watch #ConstanceWu, #HenryGolding, Awkwafina and the rest of the gang again.
I didn’t love “Crazy Rich Asians,” but I liked it to bits. And you know what? That will do.
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Friday Night Lights I do my best not to discuss movies that aren’t current, because I feel ...
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TITLE: Friday Night Lights I do my best not to discuss movies that aren’t current, because I feel like nobody reads the review. However, since we’re on the topic of #PeterBerg and #Mile22, I guess I might as well dive into #FridayNightLights. In my review for “Mile 22,” I said that Berg was ... TITLE: Friday Night Lights
I do my best not to discuss movies that aren’t current, because I feel like nobody reads the review. However, since we’re on the topic of #PeterBerg and #Mile22, I guess I might as well dive into #FridayNightLights.
In my review for “Mile 22,” I said that Berg was capable of excellence. I meant it. Sure not all of his movies work, but when they do work, they work really well, and needless to say, I loved “Friday Night Lights.”
Which is strange, if you know anything about me. I love a good sports movie, but I hate sports. #Football is something I have tried to get into, and I just can’t. So at first, I really couldn’t relate to “Friday Night Lights.”
This film is set in Hickville, Texas (that was name right? Oh wait it was Odessa) in which everyone is obsessed with football. They shut down stores every Friday for the high school football game. Get a fuckin’ life, I say. If the team does poorly, they attack the coach ( #BillyBobThornton) for letting them down. Again, get a fuckin’ life, I say. At every party, when they’re not talking about sex or drinking, they’re asking the teammates ( #LucasBlack, #JayHernandez and #GarrettHedlund being some of the main focus) about the “big game.” AGAIN, get a fuckin’ life.
It’s a movie that irked me, at first. I was yelling at the screen. But then... something happens. I became really invested in “Friday Night Lights.” Like, really really invested. I think it’s because Berg does such a marvelous job of fleshing out these characters and making us root for them. Yes, one of them is named “Boobie.” But dammit, I felt for Boobie too. “Friday Night Lights” is a heartbreaker and a heart-warmer, and sometimes at the same time. Berg manages to dodge nearly every cliche. The acting is marvelous. The football sequences are done with such care that dammit, even I was cheering for those fuckers to win. That to me is the biggest success. I don’t even know the rules of the game, and I was still hooked. Which makes the film’s ending all the more effective.
So if you couldn’t tell, I loved this movie. And if you’re shocked, well, so am I.
GRADE: A
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TITLE: Mile 22 #PeterBerg has had quite an interesting career, ranging from excellent ( #FridayNightLights), ...
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TITLE: Mile 22 #PeterBerg has had quite an interesting career, ranging from excellent ( #FridayNightLights), really good ( #LoneSurvivor), pretty good ( #DeepwaterHorizon) to “what are you doing here?” ( #Battleship). #Mile22 falls into the latter category. This is Berg’s fourth ... TITLE: Mile 22
#PeterBerg has had quite an interesting career, ranging from excellent ( #FridayNightLights), really good ( #LoneSurvivor), pretty good ( #DeepwaterHorizon) to “what are you doing here?” ( #Battleship).
#Mile22 falls into the latter category.
This is Berg’s fourth collaboration with #MarkWahlberg, who has been his golden boy since “Lone Survivor.” I liked Wahlberg’s performance here, because it doesn’t feel like his usual characters. He has a bit of what worked so well for him in #TheDeparted here, and I dug it. Though I wish they had dug into his character more than they dug into the story, which they also don’t dig much into.
But that’s the problem with “Mile 22”: the story. It’s kind of a dud. Mind you, I do think the movie has its admirable qualities and it isn’t a total misfire. The action sequences have a certain bone-crunching intensity to them that are undeniably badass even when you know you’re watching a load of hooey.
If you’re going for the action, the movie will deliver. But to me the story never really took liftoff. The film felt like it started halfway through, and ended before they were actually done telling its story. The film is 95 minutes, which is brisk and admirable considering some movies like this drag ass. But I kind of wish it had been a little more developed. With a little more development, I would’ve approved. Instead, it spends a lot of time shooting, and killing. And when it isn’t doing those things, it’s yelling about something (in some cases, a custody battle. The #LaurenCohan storyline felt a tad unnecessary to me).
But that being said, it also didn’t really help that when I got to the theatre, I was utterly starving, and I thought about #TacoBell the entire time the movie was on, and I couldn’t wait for it to end so then I could get my hands on a Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller.
Honestly, the Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller, for all of its calories, was more of a victory than anything that went down in “Mile 22.” But as for the movie, I think you could take it or leave it.
GRADE: C+
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TITLE: Searching #Searching uses the same gimmick that #Unfriended used, in that the entire movie ...
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TITLE: Searching #Searching uses the same gimmick that #Unfriended used, in that the entire movie is told via computer screen. But here’s the thing about “Searching”: while it’s gimmick is certainly “gimmicky,” it actually uses the gimmick as a unique storytelling tool. Oh yeah, also, ... TITLE: Searching
#Searching uses the same gimmick that #Unfriended used, in that the entire movie is told via computer screen. But here’s the thing about “Searching”: while it’s gimmick is certainly “gimmicky,” it actually uses the gimmick as a unique storytelling tool. Oh yeah, also, it doesn’t suck (which “Unfriended” did, in my opinion). I actually really liked “Searching,” and I say this because its trailer didn’t fully sell me (I probably had a horrible taste in my mouth after “Unfriended”). “Searching” is a unique thriller, in which every click adds something tricky to the mystery at hand.
Perhaps I’m not the brightest, I don’t know, but I actually never knew where it was going, and when it got there, I was indeed surprised.
The casting here seems like a gamble. Never did I imagine #JohnCho and #DebraMessing headlining a movie together, but it’s a gamble that has paid off. They’re both strong here. Especially Cho, who I’ve only ever seen do comedy. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
Unlike something like “Taken,” or any of those other, “where the fuck is my daughter?!” movies, “Searching” chooses to show emotion more than action, and it works. From the second Cho suspects his daughter is missing, I too felt a pit in my stomach, even as I sensed she was up to no good.
Sure there’s a patch or two in there in which the gimmick can feel like a bit much. But they still work wonders with it, even when you wonder how they’re going to pull it off.
“Searching” is a ride, and to me a very good one. And just when I thought I knew where it was going, it threw a curveball.
See it.
GRADE: A-
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TITLE: Gotti #Gotti... hmm... what do you say about “Gotti?” Well... I guess you could say... Gotti’s ...
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TITLE: Gotti #Gotti... hmm... what do you say about “Gotti?” Well... I guess you could say... Gotti’s like a melody in my head that I can’t keep out, got me singin’ like Na-na-na-na everyday, it’s like my iPod stuck on replay, replay-ay-ay-ay. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for reminding ... TITLE: Gotti
#Gotti... hmm... what do you say about “Gotti?” Well... I guess you could say...
Gotti’s like a melody in my head that I can’t keep out, got me singin’ like
Na-na-na-na everyday, it’s like my iPod stuck on replay, replay-ay-ay-ay.
I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for reminding you of that lost #SeanKingston hit. But ever since “Gotti” became known to me, I have had that stupid song in my head, so naturally I had to share my stupidity with all of you.
But let me tell ya: if “Gotti” the movie was stuck on replay on my iPod, I would have to throw it in the trash.
By now you’ve heard how awful this movie is, and... yep.
But I’ll tell you why I hated “Gotti.” Perhaps there’s an interesting story here, and maybe if it were in the hands of #MartinScorsese or #MichaelMann, this material could’ve worked. But I think this story would be old news to them.
I didn’t care. I didn’t care about its story, and maybe I’m just not giving it a chance, but the whole thing just feels wooden. I’ll be honest with you: I’m still watching this movie as I write this review. I’m just so disinterested, I don’t give a fuck. All hope is lost.
The film was in development hell for years, and was a passion project for its star, #JohnTravolta. Travolta can be a fine actor, but I didn’t buy his performance here. But I have to wonder: why?
Why was this movie in such development hell? What about this tale drew Travolta and his wife #KellyPreston to this project? And why is it directed by #KevinConnelly of #Entourage? Well naturally when you think of a directing choice for a legendary mob epic... yes, the short guy from “Entourage” fits the bill perfectly. Right. We’ll go with that.
I feel as if Travolta, getting impatient, just said yes to whatever was thrown at his way. No matter how boring it is, no matter how flat the script, no matter what director.
If that’s the case, then I think Travolta deserves punishment. What punishment? Well, I guess he could always watch “Gotti.” That will do. “Gotti” followed by #OldDogs. Lessons will be learned.
GRADE: D-
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Note: yes, D-, because I didn’t always give it my attention. But I found its under two hour runtime insufferable anyways
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TITLE: American Animals For years, I have been aware that #EvanPeters is quite an actor. From the ...
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TITLE: American Animals For years, I have been aware that #EvanPeters is quite an actor. From the very first time he entered #AmericanHorrorStory, I knew that he was electrifying. Sure some of the seasons put him to waste, but when he’s used correctly (the recent #XMen movies, #AmericanHorrorStoryCult- ... TITLE: American Animals
For years, I have been aware that #EvanPeters is quite an actor. From the very first time he entered #AmericanHorrorStory, I knew that he was electrifying. Sure some of the seasons put him to waste, but when he’s used correctly (the recent #XMen movies, #AmericanHorrorStoryCult- which he was robbed of an Emmy nomination) he kills.
#AmericanAnimals uses him correctly. But while I do think he’s the standout, I will say that the whole cast works wonders.
“American Animals” works well because of its actors. Its story, while always interesting, doesn’t offer anything particularly new. However, each actor steps up to the plate and works wonders.
Peters, along with #BarryKeoghan (brilliant in last year’s #TheKillingofaSacredDeer), #BlakeJenner (charming as the lead in #EverybodyWantsSome) and #JaredAbrahamson, who I don’t recognize, all ground these characters in reality. Especially in the final act.
We know that what they’ve done is wrong, and yet you kind of can’t help but feel frightened for them anyways. I think a good part of that has to do with director #BartLayton, but the actors sell it beautifully. There’s a look in horror in all of their eyes that is all too real.
But yet I think Peters owns the show. While I could be biased, I think he has the trickiest role of them all, and you may not even realize it until the final act. “American Animals” is a breezy movie and occasionally a funny one, and I loved its use of the real people involved in the situation. I kind of wish they had done more with #AnnDowd, but let’s face it, she’s still riding off of the fumes from #TheHandmaidsTale and #Hereditary. She’ll live. She’ll have Emmy nominations for years to come.
But you know who doesn’t? Evan Peters. Fuck you, Emmy voters, and the horse you rode in on. Get this man on the ballot already!
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Book Club God, are there any GOOD movies out there? The answer is yes, but the last few days ...
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TITLE: Book Club God, are there any GOOD movies out there? The answer is yes, but the last few days I have been on a string of bad movies, it seems. And that continues with #BookClub, which I knew I wasn’t going to like from the basis of its premise. What’s the premise? Allow me: a group of friends, ... TITLE: Book Club
God, are there any GOOD movies out there?
The answer is yes, but the last few days I have been on a string of bad movies, it seems. And that continues with #BookClub, which I knew I wasn’t going to like from the basis of its premise.
What’s the premise? Allow me: a group of friends, all of which are old ladies, decide to shake up their annual book club with #FiftyShadesofGrey, which awakens their desires and what not.
Now, let me point out what’s wrong here. One, this movie is a few years too late. If they were gonna talk about what a big deal the novel is, well... the novel is old news. There’s no novelty.
Two, why are we trying to encourage “Fifty Shades of Grey?” I’ve never even read it and I know it sucks.
And C, the premise and the outcome of the characters don’t really sync up. Only the #MarySteenburgen character tries to spice up her love life. Which leaves me to wonder if the filmmakers were really trying to say that Christian Grey is the true secret to happiness.
I love/like every actor in this movie and they all look pretty terrific. #JaneFonda is 80. What?! The bitch looks marvelous. It must’ve been those workout tapes. And it’s pleasure to see them ( #DianeKeaton, #MarySteenburgen, #CandiceBergen, #CraigTNelson, #AndyGarcia, #DonJohnson, and so on) no matter what material. They all do fine work... but that being said, they don’t have much to work with.
“Book Club” is cliche and predictable. The kind of film that caters to old people. I admit there’s a few good one liners. But it never dives past that.
The love stories here aren’t all that intriguing, and there are a handful of moments near the end in which I rolled my eyes into the back of my skull. No kidding. (Yes kidding). I also hated Keaton’s daughters here, one of which is played by #AliciaSilverstone, who I love. I know they’re meant to be unbearable but... too much guys.
But I will say: it is better than all of the “Fifty Shades” movies combined. But let’s be real here: is that really saying much?
GRADE: C-
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TITLE: The Happytime Murders What a shame. I wanted to believe in #TheHappytimeMurders. Sure ...
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TITLE: The Happytime Murders What a shame. I wanted to believe in #TheHappytimeMurders. Sure its trailer raised an eyebrow, but considering the plethora of talent involved and its intriguing concept (puppets getting kinky... who isn’t curious?), yes, I wanted to believe. You know ... TITLE: The Happytime Murders
What a shame.
I wanted to believe in #TheHappytimeMurders. Sure its trailer raised an eyebrow, but considering the plethora of talent involved and its intriguing concept (puppets getting kinky... who isn’t curious?), yes, I wanted to believe. You know who else wanted to believe? Mulder and Scully.
But then its reviews came out and... yeah, hope was lost. Not even a flare shot to the air can really save this movie.
Now I have heard some say that this is the worst movie of the year, and while it is one of them and one of the flattest comedies I’ve seen in a bit, I have to ask: did you people see #FiftyShadesFreed? Barf.
But alas, “The Happytime Murders” isn’t a happy time. The film could’ve been such tasteless fun. Tasteless, yes. Fun... not so much.
Perhaps much of this sounded funny on paper, but onscreen it never really sticks the landing. The idea of puppet cursing and fuckery does sound like it has potential to be funny, but it’s as if the filmmakers were more interested in the shock value than the fact that, well, you have to make us laugh too.
I will say that I admired the work from #MelissaMcCarthy and #MayaRudolph, two comic pros who are more than game. I also say that, for what it’s worth, the puppet work is impressive. It’s the little things, I guess.
But the film has kind of a throwaway plot, and while there’s a few small laughs, I found myself yawning for quite a bit of it. The screening I attended had people laughing throughout while I was pretty blank. Something I’ve noticed in certain comedies. Perhaps they were into this sort of “shock value humor.”
And you know what? I’m all for it, when it’s done right. But it isn’t really done right here, I’m afraid. Not that I was expecting a masterpiece, but “The Happytime Murders” is ultimately a disappointment because of its director, #BrianHenson, son of the late great #JimHenson. This marks Henson’s first movie in 20 years. Hopefully next time before he decides to jump behind the camera he actually finds a script that’s worth jumping for.
GRADE: D
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BLUE VELVET #DavidLynch, I have learned, doesn’t just make movies. He makes experiences. You ...
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BLUE VELVET #DavidLynch, I have learned, doesn’t just make movies. He makes experiences. You might love them, you might hate them, you might not be sure what you’ve experienced. But you know you’ve experienced something, and the way his best films ( #Eraserhead, #MulhollandDr, #WildatHeart, ... BLUE VELVET
#DavidLynch, I have learned, doesn’t just make movies. He makes experiences. You might love them, you might hate them, you might not be sure what you’ve experienced. But you know you’ve experienced something, and the way his best films ( #Eraserhead, #MulhollandDr, #WildatHeart, etc.) are able to leave you under a spell until the very end are what make them special.
Lynch’s #BlueVelvet might be the finest example of that.
With “Blue Velvet,” Lynch begins the film with a quiet, almost Beaver Cleaver kind of cheeriness, and he ends the film in the same manner. But what’s so intriguing is the middle until the climax.
“Blue Velvet” is a noir, and a fascinating one. One with all sorts of colorful characters and cinematography, and yet what’s so intriguing about “Blue Velvet” is that it isn’t just character or story driven; it’s mood driven. Lynch is able to establish all sorts of tones so beautifully that it, once again, makes you feel like you’re experiencing something. And whatever that “something” is, you can’t take your eyes off of it for a second. “Blue Velvet” is a very strange film, and not for everyone, nor the faint of heart. And that’s mostly thanks to the late great #DennisHopper. Some could call it overacting, and maybe it is. But every time he’s onscreen, you’re always terrified of his menacing demeanor, and that to me is a triumph.
I knew all of this already, and I’ve seen “Blue Velvet” multiple times. But I’ve never really found it to be a great movie. But now I do. Because watching it again, I think I was able to appreciate Lynch’s artistry, and the way he’s able to keep us pondering the film long after it’s over.
I know he may never make another movie again, and that’s a damn shame. We need him.
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TITLE: Tag Hello all. I know I have been absent for two weeks. Truth be told, I haven’t been to the ...
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TITLE: Tag Hello all. I know I have been absent for two weeks. Truth be told, I haven’t been to the movies and I’ve been working on my health. The doctors tell me I’m a fat fuck with a so-called “fatty liver,” so it’s a work in progress. Anyways, to the topic at hand. #Tag. I can see a lot of people ... TITLE: Tag
Hello all. I know I have been absent for two weeks. Truth be told, I haven’t been to the movies and I’ve been working on my health. The doctors tell me I’m a fat fuck with a so-called “fatty liver,” so it’s a work in progress. Anyways, to the topic at hand.
#Tag.
I can see a lot of people liking “Tag,” and I guess I can see why a lot of people liked “Tag.” But to me, I felt like the whole thing was kind of a drag.
Perhaps I wasn’t in the right frame of mind, or I suck or something. But “Tag,” for reasons I will dive into, irked me. What was supposed to be funny, well, I found kind of creepy and obnoxious. And not only that, I didn’t find it all that funny.
The cast ( #JeremyRenner, #EdHelms, #JonHamm, #HannibalBuress, #JakeJohnson, #IslaFisher, and so on) are all talented with the right screenplay. But this isn’t the right screenplay. To me, this material never really takes liftoff. It’s an interesting premise, but it’s a one joke movie, and that joke isn’t all that funny.
The only one who gets to shine here is Fisher. Other than that, there’s a few very mild, small laughs... and that’s about it.
I didn’t buy them as friends. I had a hard time seeing this random cast hanging out. Most annoying of all though is Helms, who I usually like. But I found his character, Hoagie, really annoying and kind of pathetic.
And speaking of annoying, the names. Hoagie? Really? There’s also one named Chili. These characters have actual names, but yet they all call each other these stupid nicknames as if they all grew up in the Bronx or something. It’s stupid. Perhaps that’s nitpicking, but I don’t care.
I didn’t buy it. The whole thing seemed a tad forced. Does it entertain? Yeah. But honestly you can do better.
GRADE: C-
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TITLE: The Meg #JasonStatham vs. a shark. Eh. Jason Statham vs. a giant prehistoric shark. Now ...
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TITLE: The Meg #JasonStatham vs. a shark. Eh. Jason Statham vs. a giant prehistoric shark. Now we’re talking. I’ve seen a lot of shark movies in my time. From the lot, there’s a rare few that could be deemed even “fine.” But honestly, I’m kind of an easy man to please when it comes to shark ... TITLE: The Meg
#JasonStatham vs. a shark. Eh.
Jason Statham vs. a giant prehistoric shark.
Now we’re talking.
I’ve seen a lot of shark movies in my time. From the lot, there’s a rare few that could be deemed even “fine.” But honestly, I’m kind of an easy man to please when it comes to shark movies these days. Because I’ve seen so many bad ones, I am all for giving fun ones like #TheMeg my approval.
And so yes, I am giving “The Meg” a thumbs up. #Jaws it ain’t. It is, however, a great looking, bigger budgeted version of a #Syfy channel original movie that just so happened to swoop enough talent to get by.
Statham could probably do a role like this in his sleep, and yet he looks like he’s having a lot of fun here. And could you blame him? There are times, particularly toward the end, where “The Meg” is spectacular silly, and when Statham ends up taking on the role of Captain Ahab, you can’t help but cheer. “The Meg” is a goofy movie, but yet it entertained me for every second. It’s a movie that never takes itself too seriously, and thank god for that. Otherwise we’d be in for a pretty boring time.
I saw “The Meg” in IMAX yesterday, and while it wasn’t the greatest IMAX experience I’ve had, it was still a solid one. The cinematography from #TomStern ( #ClintEastwood’s usual dp) is quite beautiful. The production design is quite intricate too.
But I won’t bore you with that. This is what I’ll say: anyone going into “The Meg” expecting a masterpiece (who are you?) will be sorely disappointed. However, to me, the movie was what it was advertised: a ridiculously entertaining good time. I got what I wanted. (Sidenote: any movie with #RubyRose will have my attention anyways).
GRADE: B
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TITLE: BlacKkKlansman It’s hard to believe that I’ve only seen like two of #SpikeLee’s movies. ...
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TITLE: BlacKkKlansman It’s hard to believe that I’ve only seen like two of #SpikeLee’s movies. However, I love those two ( #DotheRightThing and #25thHour) quite a bit, and I loved his latest movie, #BlacKkKlansman, quite a bit as well. “BlacKkKlansman” is a great film. It’s a great film ... TITLE: BlacKkKlansman
It’s hard to believe that I’ve only seen like two of #SpikeLee’s movies. However, I love those two ( #DotheRightThing and #25thHour) quite a bit, and I loved his latest movie, #BlacKkKlansman, quite a bit as well. “BlacKkKlansman” is a great film. It’s a great film because not only is it richly entertaining, but it’s also important. And while it does tell a true story, you also might not realize just how ambitiously impressive it is until it’s all over.
“BlacKkKlansman” knows no subtlety, and it doesn’t need to. Lee rubs the ugliness of the time period in our faces, and he has every right to. Yet despite how bleak the nature of the story is (and bizarre too), I laughed quite a bit at “BlacKkKlansman.” Perhaps at times that I shouldn’t have. But the film is so shocking and audacious at times I couldn’t resist. This seems like just the film #QuentinTarantino was born to write. Except this is a Spike Lee joint, and a true one that needed to be told.
The actors are marvelous here. #JohnDavidWashington (son of Denzel), #AdamDriver, and #TopherGrace all shine. But I think the best performance here might be from #JasperPaakkonen. Who is that? I don’t know, but he’s terrific, slithery perfection here as Felix, a Klan member who is onto Driver’s Flip/Ron from the getgo.
I love the look of this film. I love the score. I love the way Lee is able to capture the 70s so well. But in the end it’s what Lee is able to get across that packs such a punch. Yes it takes place in the 70s, and unfortunately, over time, some things have remained the same.
I had a great time at “BlacKkKlansman,” to say the least. But Lee packs on an unexpected racial punch in its final minutes. One that, like the movie itself, is hard to watch but totally necessary.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this film is nominated for Best Picture.
GRADE: A+
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TITLE: Three Identical Strangers I admit that I never used to watch documentaries. Why? I don’t ...
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TITLE: Three Identical Strangers I admit that I never used to watch documentaries. Why? I don’t know. But I’m glad I finally woke up. Because I have seen many great documentaries in my time, and I can now rank #ThreeIdenticalStrangers among the finest. “Three Identical Strangers” is a magnificent ... TITLE: Three Identical Strangers
I admit that I never used to watch documentaries. Why? I don’t know. But I’m glad I finally woke up. Because I have seen many great documentaries in my time, and I can now rank #ThreeIdenticalStrangers among the finest. “Three Identical Strangers” is a magnificent film. Richly entertaining, undeniably devastating, unbelievably infuriating, and fascinating beyond belief, here is a film that held me in its grip for 90 straight minutes. So much so that anytime I heard my phone vibrate, I’d get a little angry because something distracted me from the movie.
This is one of the year’s best movies.
I love a documentary that can entertain, and this film certainly does just that. But I also love a documentary that gets under your skin. One that gets me all hooked, riled up, and angry, and in that department, “Three Identical Strangers” more than succeeds.
Man did this film anger me. In fact, some of it kind of disturbed me. It disturbed me to think that some people (not our heroes, the triplets at the heart of the story) could be so vile, evil, and cold, without thinking anything of it.
The story of the three triplets finding each other sure is remarkable. But the film doesn’t stop there. It travels in directions you desperately crave it to travel down, and also goes places you’d never expect.
If you’re looking for a great, fun time at the movies, this isn’t the film for you. It’s upsetting, to say the least. However, if you’re looking for a movie to pack a wallop, look no further.
Like the best documentaries, “Three Identical Strangers” tells a story that’s so rich, I want to tell it to everyone just so then they can understand the madness of what I’ve just witnessed. But telling it wouldn’t be fair, because the movie more than deserves to be seen.
GRADE: A+
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 5 : Pulp Fiction Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth Director: Quentin Tarantino I have a theory. It’s ridiculous, but it’s a theory. “Forrest Gump” won the Best Picture Oscar ... The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days
Day 5 🎥: Pulp Fiction
Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth
Director: Quentin Tarantino
I have a theory. It’s ridiculous, but it’s a theory. “Forrest Gump” won the Best Picture Oscar because “Pulp Fiction” and “The Shawshank Redemption” tied. Not that “Forrest Gump” isn’t amazing, but I mean, have you seen the other 2?
The Academy did at least have the common sense to recognize “Pulp Fiction” though, because this is one of the greatest screenplays ever written.
The great thing about “Pulp Fiction” is that it’s so funny, wild and shocking the first time you see it... and yet it never gets old afterwards. It’s just gold all the way around, with top notch performances. Two and a half hours zoom by.
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TITLE: Eighth Grade Eighth Grade was the worst year of my life. If I had to relive any day of it, I would ...
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TITLE: Eighth Grade Eighth Grade was the worst year of my life. If I had to relive any day of it, I would do my best to off myself. You think I’m kidding. The me you know now is charming and sexy and hilarious. This you know. The me you knew back then was an awkward social retard. I’m often haunted ... TITLE: Eighth Grade
Eighth Grade was the worst year of my life. If I had to relive any day of it, I would do my best to off myself. You think I’m kidding. The me you know now is charming and sexy and hilarious. This you know. The me you knew back then was an awkward social retard. I’m often haunted by my cringeworthy-ness back then, so much so that if I could travel back in time, I would bitch slap my younger self.
And that’s just what #BoBurnham has gotten right with #EighthGrade.
Honest to God, this movie could’ve been a documentary and I wouldn’t have known the difference. It’s so real. Too real, in fact, and yet it’s oh so right.
I pity #ElsieFisher, because not only does she have to live through eighth grade, but she also has to live through it again in this movie. She’s magnificent, by the way, as our heroine, Kayla. A real find. All of the younglings are, in fact, along with #JoshHamilton, who is all kinds of wonderful as Kayla’s Dad.
Kayla is quiet, and awkward, and kind of a wreck, and honestly, if anyone wasn’t in the eighth grade, they’re a damn dirty liar. But we can’t help but root for her. We root for her to succeed... and then we root for her to stop making so many awful choices that seem right when you’re in the eighth grade.
Burnham’s film is by turns funny, often hilarious, and yet somewhat heartbreaking. But no matter what emotion you’re feeling, it rarely misses a beat.
There are a few loose ends I wish had been tied up. But other than that I don’t have much of a quibble.
“Eighth Grade,” like the year itself, will leave you in agony. It’s horrible. But yet it’s also undeniably charming and by the end, damn excellent.
Or, as Kayla would say, “Gucci 👌🏻.”
GRADE: A
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 4 : One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Douriff, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Devito Director: Milos Forman Losing Milos Forman this year was quite a blow for me. He didn’t make ... The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days
Day 4 🎥: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Douriff, Christopher Lloyd, Danny Devito
Director: Milos Forman
Losing Milos Forman this year was quite a blow for me. He didn’t make many movies, but when he did, they were truly special.
I’m always back and forth on my favorite. I love “Amadeus” to death, yet for me it’s a neck and neck battle between “The People vs. Larry Flynt” or “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” For the time being, I’m choosing the latter.
What a magnificent movie this still is. One of only three movies to win the “Big Five” Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a film more concerned about characters than story. And my my, the characters are magnificent.
Nicholson and Fletcher give two of the greatest performances ever, in a movie that is by turns funny, richly entertaining, and ultimately tragic and heartbreaking.
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 3 : Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen Director: Tim Burton So... let me get this straight: “Les Miserables” can ... The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days
Day 3 🎥: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen
Director: Tim Burton
So... let me get this straight: “Les Miserables” can get Oscar nominations out the ass, and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” can’t? 🙄
Musicals aren’t my favorite, but I’ve always loved this movie to death and to me it blows every musical out of the water (and there are a lot of great musicals).
There are times where Tim Burton phones it in. This isn’t one of those times. This was the movie Tim Burton was born to direct: visually stunning, darkly funny, and ghoulish. It’s also poetic, beautiful and haunting, with images and songs that will stick with you long after it’s over. Johnny Depp was on top of the world when he made this movie, and this movie is a reminder of why we need him back on top again.
It’s been 11 years since I first saw it in the theatre, and I’m still floored.
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 2 : Heathers Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannon Doherty Director: Michael Lehmann When choosing these 10, it dawned on me that maybe these aren’t MY TOP 10 OF ALL TIME. I don’t know what my top 10 would be. ... The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days
Day 2 🎥: Heathers
Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannon Doherty
Director: Michael Lehmann
When choosing these 10, it dawned on me that maybe these aren’t MY TOP 10 OF ALL TIME. I don’t know what my top 10 would be. But rather, I chose 10 movies that I never get tired of, and that I love to fucking death.
So yes, “Heathers.” It’s such a dark, fucked up, hilarious movie. The kind of movie that could never get made today, and I wouldn’t want it to. The dialogue in this movie is so damn flawless, everyone involved should feel privileged for getting to speak it.
How very.
Again, I nominate whoever hasn’t started.
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 1 <span class="emoji emoji1f3a5"></span>: Magnolia Stars: John ...
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The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days Day 1 : Magnolia Stars: John C. Reilly, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Perhaps my favorite movie, and one that made me fall in love with movies (and ... The 10-10-10 Challenge: 10 pics from 10 favorite movies in 10 days
Day 1 🎥: Magnolia
Stars: John C. Reilly, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Perhaps my favorite movie, and one that made me fall in love with movies (and Tom Cruise, who has never been better). It’s so beautifully acted, written and directed, and so jarring and yet so marvelously ambitious and maddening. Three hours rarely zoom by so quickly.
I nominate: whoever hasn’t started
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TITLE: Christopher Robin I love #WinniethePooh. Who doesn’t? Liars, that’s who. Absolute fucking ...
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TITLE: Christopher Robin I love #WinniethePooh. Who doesn’t? Liars, that’s who. Absolute fucking liars. Winnie the Pooh and his friends will always have a place in my heart. So much so that I desperately want my 2 year old nephew to get into it too, this way I’ll have an excuse to watch those ... TITLE: Christopher Robin
I love #WinniethePooh. Who doesn’t? Liars, that’s who. Absolute fucking liars. Winnie the Pooh and his friends will always have a place in my heart. So much so that I desperately want my 2 year old nephew to get into it too, this way I’ll have an excuse to watch those Winnie the Pooh shorts from the 90s.
So I’ve been hyped for #ChristopherRobin for some time. I had the utmost faith in director #MarcForster, whose #FindingNeverland is so damn wonderful and heartbreaking. I also like the concept, and the idea of having them as stuffed animals. And let’s be real here, any movie with #EwanMcGregor has my attention.
And for the most part, the gang delivers.
The last time we saw Pooh Bear on the big screen was in 2011’s aptly named “Winnie the Pooh,” and truth be told, both movies are kind of similar.
Once you get past the basic setup- which brings #Hook to mind, of course- “Christopher Robin” is ultimately a simple movie. One that isn’t so focused on the story as much as its characters. It’s not really much of a movie, and it kind of meanders a little in the middle portion. But yet one is probably going to see “Christopher Robin” as not only a nostalgic trip, but also because we haven’t seen The 100-Acre Wood gang in so long.
The movie makes the wise decision of pretty much letting Pooh run the show, and he’s just as wonderful as you remember. How #JimCummings is able to read these lines without hollering is astonishing. He’s hilarious, and “Christopher Robin” is often hilarious because of him.
One would expect a movie like “Christopher Robin” to break your heart, but it never really does. I kind of wish it did, but I’m okay with the fact that it’s a simple, charming little movie. After all these years, Pooh, Tigger, and Eyore (my three favs) are still killing it. Give’em a sequel, I’ll be first in line.
GRADE: B
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TITLE: Sorry to Bother You I know I’m late to the party, but I have finally seen #SorrytoBotherYou, ...
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TITLE: Sorry to Bother You I know I’m late to the party, but I have finally seen #SorrytoBotherYou, and my my, what a party. The first hour of #SorrytoBotherYou is weirdly wonderful, and by that I’m not saying that it’s wonderful in a weird way. But rather, that it’s so damn weird that it’s ... TITLE: Sorry to Bother You
I know I’m late to the party, but I have finally seen #SorrytoBotherYou, and my my, what a party.
The first hour of #SorrytoBotherYou is weirdly wonderful, and by that I’m not saying that it’s wonderful in a weird way. But rather, that it’s so damn weird that it’s kind of wonderful. It’s weird, yes, but there’s a certain inventiveness to the weird that is not only often hilarious, but creative. It brought to mind the work of #CharlieKaufman, and in particular, #BeingJohnMalkovich. Not to mention, #LakeithStanfield, #TessaThompson, #DavidCross (as the “white voice”)and the rest of the cast more than bring their weird A-game.
Did I mention this movie is weird? Yeah it is. And not only is it weird, but it’s kind of insane. And I was saying this all within the first hour, which I would watch again in a heartbeat. I didn’t know where the hell it was going, and I couldn’t wait to find out.
And then... it got there.
The events that follow in that second hour, well... are utterly fucking bonkers, to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised if people walked out. I for sure was fucked up and kind of horrified, to say the least. The wacky energy that preceded it kind of leaves the room and the film turns into something dark, creepy, and entirely different, while you kind of laugh at the madness of it all.
I don’t think the second hour works quite as well, but at all turns, I pretty much always respected “Sorry to Bother You.” At every turn, the film is weird, creative, and bizarrely ambitious. Although I didn’t warm up to the first hour as much as the second, I can tell you that this movie, by the end, is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, or anything you’ve ever seen. And by that measurement, it’s worth seeing.
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot #JoaquinPhoenix is one of my favorite actors on the ...
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TITLE: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot #JoaquinPhoenix is one of my favorite actors on the planet. #JonahHill isn’t. Yet both of them work wonders separately and together in #GusVanSant’s latest movie, #DontWorryHeWontGetFaronFoot. “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is a ... TITLE: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
#JoaquinPhoenix is one of my favorite actors on the planet. #JonahHill isn’t. Yet both of them work wonders separately and together in #GusVanSant’s latest movie, #DontWorryHeWontGetFaronFoot.
“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is a jolly good time. Perhaps not a great movie, but as far as I’m aware, it’s Van Sant’s first movie that’s worth a damn since #Milk.
Phoenix is a revelation here as John Callahan, a paraplegic whose battle with alcoholism led to his ultimate talent: being a cartoonist. Phoenix’s performance is my favorite kind; it’s the kind of character who changes more and more the deeper we get into the movie. In fact he changes along with the movie, which changes constantly.
Hill is someone I’ve never really liked, but I can admit he’s talented. And I loved him here as Donny, John’s gay sponsor. He almost steals the show at times, and the two not only play off of each other wonderfully but they also have moments that cut deep.
The movie is funny, as intended. I also love the score by #DannyElfman, the use of Callahan’s cartoons, and the side performances from #JackBlack and #RooneyMara. But I kind of wish it had cut deeper. Only in the film’s last half hour does the film reach its dramatic heights, when I kind of wish it would’ve had a more steady balance of drama and comedy all along.
Not to mention, I think the movie is kind of all over the place from a narrative standpoint, and it has maybe 4 endings too many.
But still, Phoenix and Hill give two of the year’s best performances so far, in a movie that is so wonderfully entertaining that its flaws don’t really matter. Here I am griping about how the film needs to be more of a downer. But considering just how much Callahan went through, perhaps a happy ending isn’t such a bad thing.
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Mission: Impossible- Fallout Picture this: #TomCruise flying a helicopter, on fire, ...
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TITLE: Mission: Impossible- Fallout Picture this: #TomCruise flying a helicopter, on fire, chasing after another helicopter while the passenger of the other helicopter is continuously shooting at him. This is the sort of thing we’ve come to expect a #MissionImpossible movie. In fact, ... TITLE: Mission: Impossible- Fallout
Picture this: #TomCruise flying a helicopter, on fire, chasing after another helicopter while the passenger of the other helicopter is continuously shooting at him.
This is the sort of thing we’ve come to expect a #MissionImpossible movie. In fact, this is what we’ve come to expect from a Tom Cruise movie. In fact, this is the Tom Cruise-iest Tom Cruise movie I have seen in some time. And you know what? I ain’t complaining.
#MissionImpossibleFallout is the summer blockbuster that we need and deserve. A visual tour de force with wonderful tricks up its sleeve, glorious set pieces, and action so slick it’s somewhat sexy.
The film moves at a pace as if their lives truly depend on it, and it makes sense considering the subject matter. For once, I actually did feel as if maybe, just maybe, this mission was impossible.
Six movies in, would you really have expected this sort of excellence? Maybe not. But this is one of those rare franchises that gets better as it goes along. This one might be my favorite, though I’m torn between this and #MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol. I usually judge from the action sequences, and to say the least, the halo jump and the helicopter sequence, to name a few, are remarkable.
This is a dazzling film, the kind of filmmaking that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. From a technical standpoint, Director #ChristopherMcQuarrie has delivered a miracle. But as actual filmmaking, McQuarrie not only stages these sequences beautifully, but everything is orchestrated so perfectly it’s just about seamless.
The amount that Cruise devotes to these movies should go without saying by now. Cruise, the ageless wonder (maybe Lestat was more than just a role...?) makes it look so easy. #HenryCavill’s mustache was worth it. And yeah I think some parts of the “grand plan” are a bit on the convoluted side... but would we have a movie otherwise? Nah.
See it, and see it in IMAX. I didn’t, and I feel like I really missed out. This is a breathtaking, wonderfully thrilling film, and if this is Cruise’s last mission (which, I can see it), the man is going out in style.
GRADE: A
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TITLE: Passenger 57 #Passenger57 is essentially a knockoff of #DieHard. More so, “Passenger ...
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TITLE: Passenger 57 #Passenger57 is essentially a knockoff of #DieHard. More so, “Passenger 57” is a knockoff of #DieHard2, which was basically “Die Hard” but in an airport. Like both movies, “Passenger 57” is fairly entertaining and gets the job done as entertainment. Unlike both movies ... TITLE: Passenger 57
#Passenger57 is essentially a knockoff of #DieHard. More so, “Passenger 57” is a knockoff of #DieHard2, which was basically “Die Hard” but in an airport. Like both movies, “Passenger 57” is fairly entertaining and gets the job done as entertainment. Unlike both movies though, “Passenger 57” isn’t necessarily “good,” and shows us that in terms of 90s action movies, you shouldn’t settle.
I remember a time, not even that long ago, in which I don’t think I’d ever seen a #WesleySnipes movie. Hard to believe, I know. But now I’ve seen a bunch of them, and the man is pretty good at what he does. He’s one of the brighter spots of this movie.
The problem with “Passenger 57” isn’t that it bores. But rather, it lies in the filmmaking. At nearly every turn, “Passenger 57” comes across as cheap. It feels so unremarkably made that it makes #ArnoldSchwarzenegger outings like #Eraser look like Arnold Schwarzenegger outings like #Terminator2JudgementDay.
The score is also pretty terrible and outdated. It’s the kind of awful movie music you’d hear in the 80s, except it’s the 90s.
But hey! There’s #ElizabethHurley, looking as beautiful as ever. Let me also mention that she plays a terrorist, and to that I say, what? All I could kept thinking throughout was: how did someone this hot get involved in the terrorism game? I guess the modeling agency wasn’t hiring at the moment. Better luck next year.
“Passenger 57” is entertaining trash. A film that oozes with cheese. Perhaps in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing, this movie might’ve soared. But in the end, it’s more like a second rate “Die Hard.” “Die Soft.”
GRADE: C
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TITLE: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again #MammaMia is one of my guiltiest pleasures. It’s very corny, ...
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TITLE: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again #MammaMia is one of my guiltiest pleasures. It’s very corny, and some of the music numbers are weirdly executed. But I love #MerylStreep, #ChristineBaranski, #JulieWalters, and #ABBA (not to mention, the scenery is beautiful). So now comes #MammaMiaHereWeGoAgain, ... TITLE: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
#MammaMia is one of my guiltiest pleasures. It’s very corny, and some of the music numbers are weirdly executed. But I love #MerylStreep, #ChristineBaranski, #JulieWalters, and #ABBA (not to mention, the scenery is beautiful). So now comes #MammaMiaHereWeGoAgain, a sequel/prequel thing I never knew I wanted, 10 years later. Truth is, I didn’t expect to like it until the reviews came out. Now that I’ve seen the spectacle for myself, I gotta ask:
How can I resist ya?
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” has so much cheese you could make a pizza. It also has a somewhat thin plot, considering much of what happens here we already knew about from the first time. It also has a few inconsistencies, such as the fact that, according to the first movie, the #ColinFirth character was nicknamed “Harry Headbanger.” I saw no headbanging.
But dammit... I liked it. It’s a cheerfully silly movie that knows what it is, and never tries to pretend otherwise.
The music is great. Of course they play some of ABBA’s biggest hits, but they also whip out their other jams, which I was unsure about.
We might not get much of Queen Meryl, but #LilyJames and #AmandaSeyfried (she can fit her whole fist in her mouth. Wanna see?) are wonderful substitutes.
And then there’s the last 20 minutes, which are pure, slapped-together heaven. Why? Well, #AndyGarcia plays Fernando. Why? So then #Cher can show up as Donna’s mother (which means she had Donna when she was 3, but knowing how promiscuous Donna is, well...?) to sing my favorite ABBA song, “Fernando.” Following that, Streep finally shows up (which, knowing the Academy, will make Oscar nomination 22) to sing a song that I honestly want played at my funeral, along with #CarlySimon’s #NobodyDoesItBetter (which, judging from the amount I drink, could be soon). And for the cherry on top, the whole cast sings “Super Trooper” during the end credits. It’s so damn glorious, that alone could be worth the price of admission.
GRADE: B
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TITLE: Rent If you scroll to the bottom of this review (which is probably what most of you do because, ...
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TITLE: Rent If you scroll to the bottom of this review (which is probably what most of you do because, well, who reads anymore?!), you will notice that I have given #Rent a thumbs up. Yes, I have given “Rent” a thumbs up, because overall I admit that the movie did grow on me. But I also want it to ... TITLE: Rent
If you scroll to the bottom of this review (which is probably what most of you do because, well, who reads anymore?!), you will notice that I have given #Rent a thumbs up. Yes, I have given “Rent” a thumbs up, because overall I admit that the movie did grow on me. But I also want it to be known that for a good while I found the movie sorta frustrating.
Maybe I wouldn’t have felt this way had I seen the source material, which was indeed a huge broadway smash (and most of the cast members from that play return here). But as an outsider, I felt indifferent for a good chunk of the runtime.
I found some of the character development unconvincing. Yet while some characters didn’t convince, others, such as #RosarioDawson’s drug addicted Mimi, feel fully fleshed. Dawson is the best part of this movie, if you ask me. Because not only is she sexy, but you also feel for her and pull for her to get her shit together. Others, like #IdinaMenzel’s (or excuse me, Adele Dazeem), didn’t quite work for me.
The majority of the songs are great. No real complaints there, except that some of them seem to sort of drag. I read #RogerEbert’s lengthy review during one of them, and when I looked up, the song was still going.
For every good song, there’s one that has a sprinkle of cheese. Not quite to the cringing point, but not too far. I also, for a good chunk of time, found the film meandering.
It sounds as if I didn’t like “Rent.” And what’s weird is that by the end of it, I did. It doesn’t always work, and in all honesty I don’t think I need to see it again. But it’s a film that I admired. It’s not a great movie, but it’s a movie of great moments. It’s a film that I found exhausting, yes, but at the same time it’s one that gets better as it goes along. It takes its time getting to where it’s going, and by the time it got there, I was glad it got there.
So despite my indifference, yes. Thumbs up.
GRADE: B
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TITLE: Love, Simon #LoveSimon is every closeted teen’s nightmare. It’s a film that’s often hard ...
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TITLE: Love, Simon #LoveSimon is every closeted teen’s nightmare. It’s a film that’s often hard to watch. Why? Because not only is it accurate, but it’s also true. I admit that I initially had no interest in “Love, Simon” because of that fact. But also because in the first two movies I’d seen ... TITLE: Love, Simon
#LoveSimon is every closeted teen’s nightmare. It’s a film that’s often hard to watch. Why? Because not only is it accurate, but it’s also true.
I admit that I initially had no interest in “Love, Simon” because of that fact. But also because in the first two movies I’d seen him in ( #JurassicWorld and #EverythingEverything), #NickRobinson sort of rubbed me the wrong way. But “Love, Simon” has converted this non-believer. For all of its heartache, not only is “Love, Simon” a wonderful movie, but it’s also a great showcase for Robinson, who knocks this role out of the park.
Robinson is more than winning here, and perhaps in someone else’s hands, this character might not have worked. But I felt for this character. Does he act selfishly? Yes. But when you’re that alone, and that afraid, you’ll do what you have to to survive.
If you haven’t noticed, high school sucks major ass. And this movie doesn’t try to shed light on the situation. It knows that high school is shitty, and it owns it.
The film is funny, and warm. And it’s also all too real and accurate. Sometimes nauseatingly so. But that’s not a bad thing. Far from it. Whoever wrote this movie not only understands, but gets it.
Yeah I admit that I knew the overall outcome, and it has little sprinkles of cheese. But I ultimately didn’t care, because this is a movie that pretty much hits its marks.
Especially in terms of its hero. It understands Simon’s struggle. It understands any gay teens struggle. In fact it understands any gay persons struggle. And at the heart of it is a fully fleshed human being with a struggle that is all too relatable.
So yes, I kind of loved Simon.
GRADE: A-
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TITLE: Thoroughbreds When I hear a movie compared to #Heathers, you immediately have my attention. ...
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TITLE: Thoroughbreds When I hear a movie compared to #Heathers, you immediately have my attention. Yes, we’ve seen movies of high school bitchery since, but “Heathers” is that rare movie: a dark comedy that is dark, consistently hilarious, and considering the age we live in, never going ... TITLE: Thoroughbreds
When I hear a movie compared to #Heathers, you immediately have my attention. Yes, we’ve seen movies of high school bitchery since, but “Heathers” is that rare movie: a dark comedy that is dark, consistently hilarious, and considering the age we live in, never going to get made again. It is also beautifully tasteless, something we don’t see everyday.
Hence why I liked #Thoroughbreds. Not as much as “Heathers,” but I could feel the spirit of “Heathers” within it.
“Thoroughbreds” is dark, and occasionally pretty funny. But yet I admired just how immoral it was. It’s a film without heart, and in this case, it’s fine.
The mood of the film is pretty much embodied through the #OliviaCooke character, and perhaps in someone else’s hands this might not have worked. But if you ask me, this is Cooke’s show. #AnyaTaylorJoy is strong too, but she sort of gets overshadowed by Cooke, who is given the juicier role.
Cooke’s Amanda tells us early on that she is completely empty. She has no feelings, and you might think she’s joking, but she certainly isn’t. She tells us over the years that she’s developed “techniques” on how to show emotion. In other words, she has studied others who “feel,” and is able to mimic those feelings, without feeling anything. What?!
I liked “Thoroughbreds” for reasons like that. I almost loved it, in fact. I loved its style and its weird score and it’s acting (the late #AntonYelchin is strong here too). But to me it’s ending felt like a little too much of a rushed cop out. Considering how intriguing the events before it were, I felt a tad underwhelmed.
But it’s not too big of a deal. Because I found what preceded it irresistible.
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Leave No Trace I sit here, in my bathtub, and I’m realizing that I’m having trouble putting ...
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TITLE: Leave No Trace I sit here, in my bathtub, and I’m realizing that I’m having trouble putting #DebraGranik’s #LeaveNoTrace into words. Not that it’s so stupefying or anything, but rather, it’s the kind of film in which words might not do its pleasures justice. Seeing it for yourself, ... TITLE: Leave No Trace
I sit here, in my bathtub, and I’m realizing that I’m having trouble putting #DebraGranik’s #LeaveNoTrace into words. Not that it’s so stupefying or anything, but rather, it’s the kind of film in which words might not do its pleasures justice. Seeing it for yourself, however, will.
The film tells the story of Will and Tom, ( #BenFoster and newcomer #ThomasinMcKenzie) a father and daughter who live a strange but tranquil life in a national park. Their existence is disrupted though when they’re spotted, and are forced to live a normal life.
The film is more about its characters than the story, though the story is intriguing from the get-go and never lets us down. The key to the film rests on the shoulders of its two leads, who not only have to carry the film but also have to give us full fleshed characters.
And they triumph, never missing a beat.
Foster is one of the more overlooked actors working today, and he’s remarkable here in what I felt was kind of a thankless role. This character infuriated me for a good chunk of the film, and yet even with my frustration, I understand where he’s coming from.
McKenzie’s performance basically completes Foster’s, in a way. His character irked me simply because of the look on McKenzie’s face; you can tell that this is not the life she wants to lead, but she has a hard time upsetting her father. This is rich, beautiful acting on both counts.
The film holds you in its grip because of its characters, and it’s hard not to get invested. As for the ending, perhaps not everyone will go for it. But if you ask me, it’s the right ending. And if you’ve invested yourself enough into the lives of Will and Tom, you should agree too.
It’s a film that sticks true to its characters until the very end. And honestly, it’s just something that you need to see for yourself.
GRADE: A
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TITLE: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO) I think it goes without saying that #RobinWilliams ...
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TITLE: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO) I think it goes without saying that #RobinWilliams was one of the most beloved talents of our time. So much so that when news of his suicide was unveiled, it more than just left a sting. I admit that, as a fan, there was a handful of his movies that ... TITLE: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO)
I think it goes without saying that #RobinWilliams was one of the most beloved talents of our time. So much so that when news of his suicide was unveiled, it more than just left a sting.
I admit that, as a fan, there was a handful of his movies that I didn’t like (have you seen #Jack? Barf). But he was a singular talent; the type who could do anything. He was hilarious, yes. But the man could truly act. All the while though, he was battling depression.
#RobinWilliamsComeInsideMyMind, a new documentary from #HBO, is a loving, rich film that serves not only as an analysis of the late great comedian, but it also serves as a tribute to a talent that we lost too soon.
I admit that I hate the title. It’s just corny and stupid. But other than that, the film is a treat for those of us who loved the man and his work. There’s some truly great archive footage here. One of my favorites is at the 2003 Critics Choice Award, where he was nominated for Best Actor against #JackNicholson and #DanielDayLewis... and both of them tied, leaving Williams in the dust. Williams’ reaction to being the only loser is priceless.
You’ll laugh a lot here, to be sure. Because director #MarinaZenovich finds the funniest of the funny. And yet even though many of us didn’t know the man personally, the film still manages to give us a glimpse of just who he really was, and effectively. His mind didn’t work like many others, and the reason why is simple: he was a genius.
“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind” is a wonderful and sad film, but the great thing about Williams is that he’ll be remembered for how much joy he was able to bring us. Even from beyond the grave, he manages to make us laugh our asses off.
And this film is great proof of that.
GRADE: A-
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TITLE: You Were Never Really Here #LynneRamsay’s #YouWereNeverReallyHere is a movie you’ll ...
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TITLE: You Were Never Really Here #LynneRamsay’s #YouWereNeverReallyHere is a movie you’ll have to sit on for a while. It’s one I’ve been waiting to see for a long time, and for obvious reasons. The two main reasons being that I loved Ramsay’s last movie, #WeNeedtoTalkAboutKevin, which ... TITLE: You Were Never Really Here
#LynneRamsay’s #YouWereNeverReallyHere is a movie you’ll have to sit on for a while.
It’s one I’ve been waiting to see for a long time, and for obvious reasons. The two main reasons being that I loved Ramsay’s last movie, #WeNeedtoTalkAboutKevin, which is one of the most underrated, haunting, and deeply disturbing movies of the past few years. The other is #JoaquinPhoenix, who is one of the greatest actors on the planet (give the man an Oscar already!).
Both of which live up to their end of the bargain.
Phoenix, looking like complete shit, is a revelation here as Joe, who sets out to save the daughter of a senator. He’s also utterly insane, haunted by a troubled past that is vaguely detailed. The film thrives off of its ambiguity; we know that Joe is haunted by his past, but the flashbacks are vague and mysterious. Phoenix always keeps us intrigued, and he carries the movie all the way.
This is a movie more about its character than the story. We see things from Joe’s perspective the whole time, and it makes things just a little more chilling than they needed to be. And I’m not complaining.
The film is also just really well made. Expertly crafted, beautifully filmed (there is an underwater sequence that is one of my favorite images of the year), and fascinating. In fact, it’s even more fascinating when you try to sit there and dissect it. It tells a simple story, with a hint of complexity.
I really liked “You Were Never Really Here,” and I can’t wait to see it again. But I don’t know if I have a firm grip on it yet. I’m so close to having a firm grip, but I’m not fully there yet. In fact, I nearly didn’t write a review. And maybe I shouldn’t have. I don’t know if I’m ready.
But the fact that Ramsay’s film is able to provoke so much thought and leave me so puzzled is just part of why “You Were Never Really Here” is so fascinating.
I can’t wait to go back.
GRADE: A-
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TITLE: Very Bad Things #VeryBadThings, the directorial debut of #PeterBerg ( #FridayNightLights, ...
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TITLE: Very Bad Things #VeryBadThings, the directorial debut of #PeterBerg ( #FridayNightLights, #LoneSurvivor), is essentially the male version of last year’s #RoughNight (except Berg beat them to the punch, or in this case, “kill”). A group of fellas ( #ChristianSlater, #JonFaverau, ... TITLE: Very Bad Things
#VeryBadThings, the directorial debut of #PeterBerg ( #FridayNightLights, #LoneSurvivor), is essentially the male version of last year’s #RoughNight (except Berg beat them to the punch, or in this case, “kill”). A group of fellas ( #ChristianSlater, #JonFaverau, #DanielStern, #JeremyPiven, and some other guy) have a bachelor party in Vegas. However, it goes awry after one of them accidentally kills a hooker.
“Very Bad Things” is an interesting movie, but not a very enjoyable one. It brands itself as a dark comedy, and I suppose some of it is kind of funny. But I found the overall movie just a tad too frustrating.
It was a movie that held my attention for 100 minutes. I admired how ballsy and dark it was, even as I didn’t really enjoy what I was watching. The film is well made, and it features some pretty damn fine acting (the above cast members are strong, along with #CameronDiaz). But there’s a problem. The movie can’t make up its mind. You can make a movie that’s darkly funny (for a better Christian Slater movie where he plays a crazy killer, see #Heathers). But at times it almost seems as if Berg is forgetting what movie he’s making. Perhaps had it been played as a straight drama it would’ve worked better. But as thrilling comedy, it kind of just left me feeling a little icky. Because let’s face it: it’s kind of hard to make material like this continue to be funny.
I also didn’t like any of the characters. And what’s weird is the character I liked the most was Slater’s, who is the worst of the bunch. Maybe it’s because the performance is so good, but I think I dug that character because not only is he a bad guy, but he at least owns the fact that he’s a bad guy. Whereas the movie tries to pretend that the other guys aren’t that bad, even though they’re no better.
“Very Bad Things” isn’t “very bad.” I sense a very good movie in here, actually. I just think it’s in search of a rewrite.
GRADE: C
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TITLE: Uncle Drew I actually caught two movies yesterday. The other being #UncleDrew. You know, ...
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TITLE: Uncle Drew I actually caught two movies yesterday. The other being #UncleDrew. You know, the one with the basketball players dressed as old people. Considering I have no particular interest in basketball, I did find it strange that I was curious to see “Uncle Drew,” and you know ... TITLE: Uncle Drew
I actually caught two movies yesterday. The other being #UncleDrew. You know, the one with the basketball players dressed as old people.
Considering I have no particular interest in basketball, I did find it strange that I was curious to see “Uncle Drew,” and you know what? I liked this movie. It’s not the best comedy I’ve seen this year, but I think it’s one that gets the job done.
It gets the job done because of its goofy spirit. This is essentially a one-joke movie. That one joke being that players such as #KyrieIrving, #ShaquilleONeal, #ChrisWebber and #ReggieMiller are playing old men who still, after all these years, kick ass at basketball. Luckily, that one joke happens to be funny.
The make-up here reminded me much of #RickBaker’s Oscar nominated work on #ComingtoAmerica. In other words, the make-up here is kind of great. Because it not only works as make-up, but also comedically. “Uncle Drew” has a few big laughs, but I felt like much of them were small. However, none of them really misfire, which is a relief. This is one of those movies that could’ve either sank or swam, and luckily it swims.
The cast is honestly great here, and I think the reason why I enjoyed “Uncle Drew” most (and this is something that I usually don’t credit a movie for) is because everyone here looks like they’re having such a great time. Even before the end credits arrived and showed us the great time they had, I could just sense that they all showed up to the set everyday and looked forward to the day ahead. And you know, their enthusiasm rubs off on the rest of the movie.
I don’t know if I’d call “Uncle Drew” a total [insert cheesy basketball pun here], but I really had a fine time spending time with these characters for 100 minutes.
GRADE: B
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TITLE: Skyscraper “It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out, Tonight we're taking names ...
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TITLE: Skyscraper “It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out, Tonight we're taking names ‘cause we don't mess around, This place's about to blow-oh-oh-oh.” Words once spoken by #Kesha, and words that describe the new #DwayneJohnson outing, #Skyscraper, to a tee. I never reviewed ... TITLE: Skyscraper
“It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out,
Tonight we're taking names ‘cause we don't mess around,
This place's about to blow-oh-oh-oh.”
Words once spoken by #Kesha, and words that describe the new #DwayneJohnson outing, #Skyscraper, to a tee.
I never reviewed Johnson’s last movie, #Rampage, but when I tell people that I actually liked it, they tell me that I lose credibility. Understandable, it’s a dumb movie. But it’s a dumb movie that knows what it is. So I’ll probably lose credibility for enjoying “Skyscraper” too. So be it.
“Skyscraper” is a mix of #DieHard and #TheToweringInferno, and it’s dumb as shit. Some of it (a scene with a helicopter crash in particular) had me cackling. But you know, for my money, I’d watch this over that new #JurassicWorld movie in a heartbeat.
I like Johnson. I think I could watch that Samoan God in anything. But I showed up to “Skyscraper” to see my girl #NeveCampbell. I wish she got a little more to do, but my god she looks great! Has she even aged?
“Skyscraper” is richly entertaining, even though you can predict where it’s going and when it’s going to get there at all turns. As soon as #PabloSchreiber (brilliant on #OrangeistheNewBlack) entered the picture, I knew just what he was doing. The whole thing feels a tad convoluted. Something to do with a security chip (of course), and OF COURSE in order to get to it, it requires them to blow up the building.
And funny that The Rock is able to jump from a crane and into a building, and yet when the time comes for him to jump from one part of a bridge to another to save his daughter, he makes his wife walk the plank (for real though). I noticed all of these things, and yes they’re too much to ignore. But I didn’t really care. The movie was fun, and I was weirdly invested in it. And the movie also has a strangely good look to it, almost like too much effort was put forth.
It rained a lot yesterday, and considering it was a rainy day, I think I could’ve done worse.
GRADE: B-
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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET In 2011, #MartinScorsese, known mostly for works of violence and vulgarity, ...
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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET In 2011, #MartinScorsese, known mostly for works of violence and vulgarity, made #Hugo, a family adventure which served as a love letter for movies. I loved “Hugo,” to say the least. But it only made sense that for his next movie, Scorsese was going to let his “freak ... THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
In 2011, #MartinScorsese, known mostly for works of violence and vulgarity, made #Hugo, a family adventure which served as a love letter for movies. I loved “Hugo,” to say the least. But it only made sense that for his next movie, Scorsese was going to let his “freak flag fly.” And man, did that flag fly.
When I left the theatre for #TheWolfofWallStreet, I was pretty sure it was my favorite movie of 2013, and this was a year filled with hard hitting dramas like #12YearsaSlave and #DallasBuyersClub. But honestly, “The Wolf of Wall Street” isn’t just an experience; it’s a ride.
It’s crazy to think that Scorsese, 71 at the time, could make a film so lively and energetic. It’s a film about a group of men who constantly do cocaine, and honestly, the film is made with a similar amount of energy.
TWOWS isn’t a violent movie, but it is Scorsese’s most vulgar movie. It’s a raunchy, filthy, tasteless, and immoral... and proud of it. This is that rare kind of film; a movie about horrible people who never really try to better themselves. And why should they? It looks like a great time. Perhaps it shouldn’t glorify them... ah but fuck it. #TerrenceWinter’s script and Scorsese’s direction are perfectly matched.
I know that #LeonardoDicaprio finally won his Oscar, but I often think he should’ve won it here for his hilarious, daring, Coke-fueled, batshit crazy work as #JordanBelfort. We know that Belfort is somewhat of a monster... and yet we never really care, because DiCaprio has the power to always keep us watching. #JonahHill and #MargotRobbie are great too, and I love the cameos from #MatthewMcConaughey, #RobReiner, and so on.
TWOWS is filled with memorably hilarious moments, my favorite being the “cerebral palsy” stage. But I think what I’ve always found so refreshing about it is that it doesn’t actually care about the financial stuff. It’s smart enough to know that we don’t either.
TWOWS is 3 hours long, and man do those three hours zoom by. It was rumored at the time of the film’s completion that the original cut was 5 and a half hours long, and rated NC-17. And... you’re complaining? Can I get ahold of this cut?
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TITLE: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter #Netflix original movies are kind of like a trap. They ...
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TITLE: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter #Netflix original movies are kind of like a trap. They get big names involved, and you can watch movies from the comfort of your couch. Yeah that’s all fine and dandy and shit. But here’s the catch: their movies aren’t usually very good. Do you remember ... TITLE: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
#Netflix original movies are kind of like a trap. They get big names involved, and you can watch movies from the comfort of your couch. Yeah that’s all fine and dandy and shit. But here’s the catch: their movies aren’t usually very good. Do you remember #TheCloverfieldParadox? Yeah, me either. But I remember it’s marketing ploy, and it was brilliant.
Which brings me to yet another Netflix misfire, #TheLegacyofaWhitetailDeerHunter. And let me tell you, with proper rewrites, this movie could’ve worked. I mean shit, they got #JoshBrolin in this thing, and this summer, he’s like Hansel: so hot right now. But alas, TLOAWDH comes across as a first draft kind of deal. And in the end, a missed opportunity.
It’s a missed opportunity for a number of reasons. One is that this movie could’ve been funnier than it ends up being. It could’ve poked fun at hunting and all that, and at first it does... and then things get weird. This is a very bipolar film. Not one that’s necessarily ambitious, but one that tries to be too many things to the point where it falls apart.
It begins a comedy, then turns into a weird family drama and the gearing shift, needless to say, doesn’t work. It’s kind of like #AGoofyMovje, but with hunting instead of fishing, and it’s not nearly as funny.
It’s also a missed opportunity because we get strong work from Brolin, who is all in. But he shouldn’t be. Neither should #DannyMcBride, or Director #JodyHill of #VicePrincipals and #EastboundandDown.
There’s a couple of funny moments. But much of it got on my nerves, and a lot of that has to do with the son character. I don’t know if he was meant to be funny, but if that was their goal, they missed it.
Every so often Netflix makes a movie that’s worth a damn. But most of the time they end up like this one. We just have to pray to God that #MartinScorsese’s #TheIrishman doesn’t end up like the latter.
GRADE: C-
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TITLE: The First Purge I will admit that I have kind of a sweet tooth when it comes to #ThePurge franchise. ...
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TITLE: The First Purge I will admit that I have kind of a sweet tooth when it comes to #ThePurge franchise. Are they good movies? Um, not necessarily. But they’re usually so balls-to-the-wall crazy that I find them really entertaining. So now comes #TheFirstPurge, a prequel of the sorts. ... TITLE: The First Purge
I will admit that I have kind of a sweet tooth when it comes to #ThePurge franchise. Are they good movies? Um, not necessarily. But they’re usually so balls-to-the-wall crazy that I find them really entertaining.
So now comes #TheFirstPurge, a prequel of the sorts. And you know, I gotta be honest here: while I found the movie well made and just madly entertaining enough, I found myself experiencing a sense of fatigue. Like most movie sequels that nobody asked for, I sensed that I was watching a franchise that has officially overstayed its welcome.
“The First Purge” is an angry film, and it appears as if it has something to say. I’m just not really sure what that something was. In its attempts to express itself politically, I just found the whole thing kind of cheap.
Yeah, the movie lives up to its madness. But I found a lot of the scenes unnecessary. I know that they were there to shock us or whatever, but after 4 of these movies, well, it’s nothing new.
#MarisaTomei, as I suspected, is put to waste. And why is there so much hardcore rap?
Lastly, the film introduces a villain of some kind nicknamed “Skeletor,” and this guy is truly creepy. He’s such an effective villain... that the writers ultimately put to stupid waste.
It sounds like I hated “The First Purge.” I didn’t. But I didn’t exactly like it either. “The First Purge” is actually the 4th Purge, and it’s a lot like the first three Purges. After seeing 4 of these movies, I gotta say, maybe it’s time to call it a day.
Ah, but just wait 2 years. You’ll find me in a theatre watching “The Second Purge.” But again, we don’t need it.
GRADE: C
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TITLE: Dragonfly I like #KevinCostner. He’s one of those talents that I could watch in just about ...
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TITLE: Dragonfly I like #KevinCostner. He’s one of those talents that I could watch in just about any movie. I just wish he wouldn’t test my patience with movies like #Dragonfly. Costner plays a man who believes that his dead wife is trying to communicate with him from the grave. #KathyBates ... TITLE: Dragonfly
I like #KevinCostner. He’s one of those talents that I could watch in just about any movie. I just wish he wouldn’t test my patience with movies like #Dragonfly.
Costner plays a man who believes that his dead wife is trying to communicate with him from the grave. #KathyBates plays his good friend, who has a hard time believing him. And then there’s me, who didn’t buy any of it.
The film is directed by #TomShadyac, who made two of #JimCarrey’s funniest movies, #AceVentura and #LiarLiar. And let me tell you, there are times in “Dragonfly” that reach similar comedic heights.
Except for in “Dragonfly’s” case, this is supposed to be a serious, supernatural drama.
Good luck taking it seriously. How could you? It’s totally ridiculous and implausible, even for a movie about the supernatural. I’ve seen great films about mourning, coping and dealing with loss. Hell, have you seen #Hereditary? It can be done. But “Dragonfly” doesn’t do it. It means well I’m sure, but it’s too schmaltzy for its own good.
It’s an unusually goofy movie, and it doesn’t help that Costner and Bates seemed to catch some “bad acting” bug or something. Neither of them really seem like they’re trying. Something is off here. I don’t know if it’s the delivery, or the acting, or the lines they have to deliver... yeah we’ll go with that. Though I guess they do a good job of keeping a straight face.
I know I couldn’t.
GRADE: D-
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THE DRESSER As I was watching #PeterYates’ #TheDresser, I saw that the #IMDb page had it labeled ...
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As I was watching #PeterYates’ #TheDresser, I saw that the #IMDb page had it labeled strictly as a drama. Normally they’ll mention other genre, but “The Dresser” was just listed as a drama. Which confused me a tad. Because the film is pretty funny, almost throughout. Yes, it’s ABOUT “drama,” or theatre, but as you watch it, nothing about it feels that “dramatic.” You sense that one of the film’s central characters, a egomaniacal actor who refers to himself by “Sir” (the brilliant #AlbertFinney) is going through something. But you also get the vibe that he’s just a neurotic actor on the brink of a “meltdown,” and we find ourselves laughing AT him and WITH the film’s hero, Norman ( #TomCourtenay). Norman is Sir’s right hand man... and you can just feel the pain in his ass. Sir would be a total wreck without Norman, but Sir is too lost in his own world to truly appreciate Norman.
I say that all of this is funny, and it’s true. But something happens in the final moments of the film. An unexpected dramatic edge. And I won’t say that it changes the film, necessarily. But yet it does make you realize that there has been something beneath the surface all along, and I truly do understand just why IMDb branded this as a “drama.” This is a great film, to say the least, because while it might not be much of one, it takes its strengths and it works wonders with them. It’s attempts at humor do work, thankfully.
Like Sir and Norman, Finney and Courtenay complete each other. Without them, the film might not have been anything. But both give fully fleshed, rich performances. Finney, one of my favorites, is a hoot. This character could’ve been a cliche, and maybe it is. But he makes it wholly his.
And yet the real surprise here is that this film, in the end, belongs to Courtenay. Both of them deserved their Oscar nominations, for sure. But Courtenay’s final scene is quite a transition. It’s a bold tonal shift, and it’s one that pays off for everyone. But that scene aside, Courtenay gives us a character that is more than rootable.
And if you had to deal with Sir every day of your life, you’d only wish someone else could be on your side.
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TITLE: Ant-Man and the Wasp Before I dive into my review of #AntManandtheWasp, I’d first like to ...
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TITLE: Ant-Man and the Wasp Before I dive into my review of #AntManandtheWasp, I’d first like to take note of the fact that, at this point, it seems as if #Marvel is bragging about how much money they have. In the opening minutes of this film, we see younger versions of #MichaelDouglas and #MichellePfeiffer, ... TITLE: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Before I dive into my review of #AntManandtheWasp, I’d first like to take note of the fact that, at this point, it seems as if #Marvel is bragging about how much money they have. In the opening minutes of this film, we see younger versions of #MichaelDouglas and #MichellePfeiffer, and the power of technology (and cash) ages them backwards, and beautifully. This isn’t the first time Marvel has done this, and it won’t be the last. Next year they’re aging #SamuelLJackson back 25 years for #CaptainMarvel, and I’m sure it’s gonna be grand.
And impressive.
Despite #Marvel’s impressive track record, I wasn’t all that interested in seeing #AntMan a few years ago, but it turned out to be a pretty fun ride. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is just as good, if not better.
After the doom and gloom of #AvengersInfinityWar, we get a movie that’s much smaller in scale... and that’s perfectly fine. The world isn’t at stake this time.
As I mentioned, the visual effects are impressive. Particularly in the case of the villain, named “Ghost.” That character alone is quite the spectacle.
Like the original, the cast is a blast. #PaulRudd (can you believe he’s 49?!) is as charming as usual, and #EvangelineLilly is a bad bitch. But also like last time, #MichaelPena ultimately steals the show. Put that charmer in the suit already! He’s earned it.
The movie is also pretty funny, and while it lacks the ambition of something like “Infinity War,” the movie is also pretty busy. There might not be much going on, and yet there’s a lot going on, almost to the point where I think they should add an exclamation point to the title. “Ant-Man and the Wasp!”
This is not the best movie Marvel has brought us, and yet it doesn’t try to be. The main objective of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is to give us a good time, and from its opening minutes until the finale, it delivers on that promise.
GRADE: B+
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P.S. I usually don’t give a fuck about those after-credit sequences, but trust me, you will want to sit for this one.
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TITLE: Sicario: Day of the Soldado I loved the first #Sicario for many reasons. #DenisVilleneuve’s ...
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TITLE: Sicario: Day of the Soldado I loved the first #Sicario for many reasons. #DenisVilleneuve’s direction, the performances from #EmilyBlunt, #BenicioDelToro and #JoshBrolin, #JohannJohannsson’s score (RIP), #RogerDeakin’s cinematography, and #TaylorSheridan’s script. ... TITLE: Sicario: Day of the Soldado
I loved the first #Sicario for many reasons. #DenisVilleneuve’s direction, the performances from #EmilyBlunt, #BenicioDelToro and #JoshBrolin, #JohannJohannsson’s score (RIP), #RogerDeakin’s cinematography, and #TaylorSheridan’s script. Remove all of those names except for Del Toro, Brolin and Sheridan, and we have #SicarioDayoftheSoldado, a film with a title that’s a few words too long, but actually manages to work despite most of the above sitting this one out. I wasn’t expecting too much, therefore I’m pleasantly surprised.
SDOTS isn’t as good as the first one, and I think a lot of it has to do with Villeneuve’s absence. “Sicario” was slick, smooth and thrilling to the point where it was nearly sexy. The directing this time is just fine, but it feels more like a typical action movie.
Which it is. But thankfully, it’s a fairly good and often badass ride, anchored once again by this series’ best character, Alejandro (Del Toro). Brolin, having the summer of his life (thanks to #AvengersInfinityWar and #Deadpool2), is strong here as well. But it’s Del Toro’s Alejandro that keeps us watching. Mostly because you never really know what this guy is capable of.
Sheridan is such a great writer. Apparently he was an actor first, but I think he’s found his niche. From the first film to #HellorHighWater to #WindRiver, the man more than knows how to craft a strong thriller, and has written yet another one here.
I wish we could’ve gotten more from the great #CatherineKeener. But all things considered, this is an effective, thrilling and strong sequel. And the way I see it, as long as Alejandro is still in business, so am I. Alejandro for the win.
GRADE: B+
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TITLE: Terminal I rented #Terminal knowing what it was and knowing that it was probably going to ...
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TITLE: Terminal I rented #Terminal knowing what it was and knowing that it was probably going to be... um... not the best. But I knew I had to see it, and for one main reason. And it isn’t #MargotRobbie, believe it or not. No no. I had to see “Terminal” because it featured the return of #MikeMyers, ... TITLE: Terminal
I rented #Terminal knowing what it was and knowing that it was probably going to be... um... not the best. But I knew I had to see it, and for one main reason. And it isn’t #MargotRobbie, believe it or not. No no. I had to see “Terminal” because it featured the return of #MikeMyers, who hasn’t done a movie in 8 years.
Well... yeah it went about as planned. “Terminal” isn’t exactly a good movie. It looks like a good movie, but it isn’t. But I also don’t think it’s quite the abomination that some have claimed it to be. Boring and bad is one thing. But “Terminal” is so nutty, and ridiculous, that I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
Everybody here appears to be hamming it up. But I’d say they ham it up nicely. They don’t try to take this movie seriously, and they shouldn’t. Because I mean... have you seen it? Have you seen the climax? It’s totally bonkers.
I loved the cinematography. There are some shots that are truly beautiful, as if, well... maybe they were taking this movie seriously. I’d like to believe they weren’t. I’d like to believe everybody showed up a little bit tipsy before filming every day. Myers more than likely was. He looks it. He also feels slightly miscast, as does #SimonPegg.
I could’ve done without the #AliceinWonderland references. They felt a little cheap to me. And again, the last 15 minutes it completely outrageous. It’s filled with both surprises and predictability.
But I never found a dull moment here. All in all it’s kind of like a car crash: it’s terrible, but you just can’t look away. “Terminal” is probably terrible. But I just couldn’t look away.
GRADE: C
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TITLE: Elephant Off the top of my head, I don’t think anyone has made a movie about Columbine (with ...
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TITLE: Elephant Off the top of my head, I don’t think anyone has made a movie about Columbine (with the exception of #BowlingforColumbine). But if they were to make such a movie, I don’t think they could do it as well as what #GusVanSant did with #Elephant. And yet this is still a film that could, ... TITLE: Elephant
Off the top of my head, I don’t think anyone has made a movie about Columbine (with the exception of #BowlingforColumbine). But if they were to make such a movie, I don’t think they could do it as well as what #GusVanSant did with #Elephant.
And yet this is still a film that could, and probably did, divide many. “Elephant” isn’t about Columbine itself, but it’s so very inspired by the massacre. And honestly, I don’t think there was any other way this story could’ve been told. Van Sant, in roughly 80 minutes, introduces us to multiple students on a seemingly normal school day. And I say “seemingly normal” because the events of these teens lives are all leading up to a school shooting.
I say the film is divisive not just because its narrative (the film seems rather aimless for much of the time) but because it’s a film without hope. It’s a miserable movie, not the kind we want to see nor does it have the happy ending we’d like to see, considering the subject. We’re not left with any reward. But did the victims of Columbine have a happy ending? They sure as shit didn’t.
And that’s what makes it all the more real and haunting. I don’t think “Elephant” is quite a masterpiece, but it’s a film I admired strictly for its daring vision. Van Sant made the film just a few years after the Columbine shootings, at a time that maybe he shouldn’t have. Maybe it was too soon. But we all know someone had to make a movie out of it, and Van Sant’s film is one to truly admire. But be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart.
GRADE: A-
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TITLE: Never Too Young to Die I bet you didn’t know there was a movie out there starring #JohnStamos ...
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TITLE: Never Too Young to Die I bet you didn’t know there was a movie out there starring #JohnStamos as a gymnast, #GeneSimmons as a hermaphroditic villain, and #GeorgeLazenby, or the fact that George Lazenby was in another movie (I bet giving up that #JamesBond gig was worth it, aye?). Well, ... TITLE: Never Too Young to Die
I bet you didn’t know there was a movie out there starring #JohnStamos as a gymnast, #GeneSimmons as a hermaphroditic villain, and #GeorgeLazenby, or the fact that George Lazenby was in another movie (I bet giving up that #JamesBond gig was worth it, aye?). Well, I’m here to tell you that such a movie does exist, and that it’s as bad as it sounds.
#NeverTooYoungToDie is said movie, and it was intended to start a Bond-type franchise. Except I don’t know which part of this deal was supposed to be Bond at all. Honestly, I don’t know what was on any of their minds while they were making this thing.
They got the title right, I guess. And the name (Stamos, the Greek god, stars as Lance Stargrove. Ahh... Stargrove. What a name). But if they were trying to recapture Bond... huh? The score is off. It feels like an 80s porno, or something (so does that sex scene, except that kind of comes across as more of an action sequence). The villain is pretty out there too, unless I missed the James Bond movie where he fights a hermaphrodite and a band of #MadMax heathens. I remember one where he fights a guy with three nipples. But no hermaphrodite.
There’s moments that are so bad they’re good, and then there’s moments that are just bad. It’s a film that doesn’t work on any level... except one (hence why it doesn’t receive an F). And that level... is Simmons. I’m not saying this is a good performance. In fact, he shuns this movie. But he’s the best part of this movie, if that says anything. Every scene he’s in is a hoot, and it’s almost as if he knows how shitty of a movie this is.
Yes, you’re never too young to die or something. But also, life is too short.
GRADE: D
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TITLE: Scanners #DavidCronenberg is a gifted filmmaker with a specialty for the weird. This we ...
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TITLE: Scanners #DavidCronenberg is a gifted filmmaker with a specialty for the weird. This we know. So I just figured I’d enjoy #Scanners. I also just assumed that it was one of those movies people always talked about that I hadn’t seen. I also, again, just assumed that I’d dig “Scanners.” ... TITLE: Scanners
#DavidCronenberg is a gifted filmmaker with a specialty for the weird. This we know. So I just figured I’d enjoy #Scanners. I also just assumed that it was one of those movies people always talked about that I hadn’t seen. I also, again, just assumed that I’d dig “Scanners.” So you can imagine my disappointment as I watched “Scanners.”
I know that to the fans of the movie, I am in minority. Or, in other words, “You’re wrong.” Or “You suck.” And maybe I am. But I found “Scanners” to be a frustrating little movie.
Frustrating because Cronenberg is so talented, and the film is pretty well made. It wasn’t made by a hack, and it shows. But I just didn’t... really... care? Was that the problem?
The film just seemed like a random string of events. A film of moments. Moments that would pull me in, and then moments that would lose me. I don’t think I fully realized what was going on until about 40 minutes in.
I know that the film I saw wasn’t necessarily bad, but I really just kept wishing I liked it more. I guess I expected it to be more of a thrill than it was. I also just didn’t really care about the characters or their struggles. I felt a little too distanced from them to honestly care.
Which leads me to the grand finale of the film. Honest to God, had both of their heads exploded then I might’ve given it a thumbs up. But alas... just the eyes exploded, and the film ends on a note that, once again, didn’t have me caring.
“Scanners” is a mix of either “too weird” or “not weird enough,” and I kind of wish Cronenberg would’ve stuck true to his nutso roots. In other words: more exploding heads.
But it’s okay. I know I’m wrong or something.
GRADE: C+
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TITLE: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword I’ve always been pretty indifferent on the work of #GuyRitchie. ...
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TITLE: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword I’ve always been pretty indifferent on the work of #GuyRitchie. Or maybe not his work, but him. Because I’ve enjoyed every Guy Ritchie movie I have seen (I haven’t seen #SweptAway yet, and am fairly grateful for that fact). However, I don’t think he’s ... TITLE: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
I’ve always been pretty indifferent on the work of #GuyRitchie. Or maybe not his work, but him. Because I’ve enjoyed every Guy Ritchie movie I have seen (I haven’t seen #SweptAway yet, and am fairly grateful for that fact). However, I don’t think he’s a very good filmmaker. His movies are entertaining, yes, and they usually look great. But Ritchie has a distinct style, particularly in his later films, that is a mix of cool and trashy.
Thus is the case with his latest movie, #KingArthurLegendoftheSword. Once again, I find myself torn on Ritchie. I honestly liked the movie. As a piece of entertainment, I think it works. However, this is a pure Guy Ritchie joint. This is as Guy Ritchie as a Guy Ritchie movie can get.
The actors ( #CharlieHunnam, #JudeLaw, #DjimonHonsou, #AidanGillen, and so on) talk in a blend of old-timey and Guy Ritchie speak. But yet I guess what I liked about this newest take on #KingArthur is the fact that Ritchie takes a tale we’ve heard countless times and gives us something different. It might not always be good, but it’s at least different.
Some of it is unintentionally funny and goofy. And every single creature in this movie looks oh so fake.
But I mean, I saw people tear this movie to shreds, and while I can see it (again, Ritchie isn’t exactly the best filmmaker), it’s not a movie that tortured me. I didn’t mind sitting through it. With the exception of those fake creatures and a climax that reminds me of #MortalKombat or something, the movie looks great. It features a decent performance by Law, who can really do no wrong in my eyes. And I was entertained by the entire thing.
But if we’re being real here, can Ritchie please quit dicking around and give us #SherlockHolmes3 already? Perhaps not everyone wants it, but I sure as shit do.
GRADE: B-
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TITLE: Evita I’m kind of a hard person to please when it comes to musicals. Well, okay. It’s tricky. ...
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TITLE: Evita I’m kind of a hard person to please when it comes to musicals. Well, okay. It’s tricky. To me, if a musical can have: A. Good songs B. A worthy story C. Elicit some form of emotion Then my thumb will be up. If it doesn’t have any of those elements, however (say, #Grease2) then ... TITLE: Evita
I’m kind of a hard person to please when it comes to musicals.
Well, okay. It’s tricky. To me, if a musical can have:
A. Good songs
B. A worthy story
C. Elicit some form of emotion
Then my thumb will be up. If it doesn’t have any of those elements, however (say, #Grease2) then all hope is lost. I confess that I’m not a fan of #LesMiserables either. Mind you, it’s well made and it has great acting. I admire it. But I don’t care about its story. I like maybe 3 songs- the rest of it is just noise. And I honestly just think it’s boring.
I find myself at similar crossroads with #AlanParker’s #Evita.
I like this a little more than “Les Miserables.” But I find similar issues.
I admired the craftsmanship on display. The production and costume design, along with the cinematography, is grand. Also, every song is great.
But again, this is more of a movie I can admire than enjoy, and I think that’s because it’s not really for me. I found it exhausting. I wish that, for at least 30 seconds, these actors could talk. Instead, it’s all singing. Mind you, it’s great singing. #Madonna isn’t much of an actress, but she can definitely sing. #AntonioBanderas can act, and he can sing. But I wish that they could just take a breather.
Parker has made two of my favorite movies, #MidnightExpress and #MississippiBurning. He’s an artist, and his artistry is on display. But I wasn’t all that invested in the story. The film, to me at least, came across as a collection of songs in search of a movie.
But at least the songs are great.
Again, I admired “Evita.” But I don’t know if I necessarily enjoyed it. But hey, if you’re into this sorta thing, it’ll do the trick.
GRADE: B-
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HARVEY Sometimes, I believe that a movie can thrive based off of its star power alone. Because sometimes ...
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HARVEY Sometimes, I believe that a movie can thrive based off of its star power alone. Because sometimes a role can simply be so tailor-made for its actor that if they’re given the chance to shine, they will. #Harvey is one of those cases. “Harvey” is a great comedy, and a great film, for a ... HARVEY
Sometimes, I believe that a movie can thrive based off of its star power alone. Because sometimes a role can simply be so tailor-made for its actor that if they’re given the chance to shine, they will.
#Harvey is one of those cases.
“Harvey” is a great comedy, and a great film, for a number of reasons. One of those reasons is simply based on the fact that it’s a film (and role) so suitable for #JamesStewart’s charm.
Here he is given quite a fascinating role, and considering the circumstances, perhaps we should just root for his mental health. But Stewart, in damn near any role, is just such a charmer. The film thrives off of his innocence and sense of wonder, and you just want to hug him. Even when you sense that maybe he actually does need help.
Stewart plays Elwood, a sweet man who has a great friendship with Harvey. The trouble is, Harvey is supposedly a 6 foot tall bunny rabbit, and only a select few (such as his sister, played wonderfully by #JosephineHull) can see Howard, and at select times. This drives the people around him crazy, so they try to have him committed. All the while, Elwood of course doesn’t see the issue.
“Harvey” is a wonderful film because of its hero’s charm, and that charm is kind of what brings the film together in the end. It’s also just pretty funny.
The situation at play in “Harvey” is funny in itself, but the reactions of the characters around Elwood are the funniest. That and the way that Elwood just goes about his business. Stewart’s Oscar nomination was very deserved. I don’t know who he lost to, but he manages to carry much of this movie on his back, while also practically making a character out of something that isn’t there.
Hull is a hoot as Elwood’s sister Veta, who tries to have Elwood committed to an institution but in return finds herself committed. But in the end, even she is won over by Elwood’s big heart.
And so are we. While we spend much of the time wondering if Elwood is actually crazy, we also don’t really care because he’s such a charmer. James Stewart, and his acting, to say the least, is real magic.
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TITLE: Tango & Cash I get that movies like #TangoandCash probably aren’t for critics, hence why ...
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TITLE: Tango & Cash I get that movies like #TangoandCash probably aren’t for critics, hence why it sits on #RottenTomatoes with a 33% (yesterday I reviewed the charming #CaptainRon, which sits at a 24%). But what I must ask is, do these hoity toity fuckers know how to have a good time? I mean ... TITLE: Tango & Cash
I get that movies like #TangoandCash probably aren’t for critics, hence why it sits on #RottenTomatoes with a 33% (yesterday I reviewed the charming #CaptainRon, which sits at a 24%). But what I must ask is, do these hoity toity fuckers know how to have a good time? I mean I admit that I can be a harsh critic from time to time. But I can still acknowledge a good time when I see one, and “Tango & Cash” is one of those good times. And every so often, it can be a great time.
“Tango & Cash” is goofy and implausible, but then again, what else could you want from a movie starring #SylvesterStallone and #KurtRussell? It’s a film that asks you to shut your brain off and enjoy, and if you do so, then you will enjoy, as I did.
Some of Stallone’s line delivery felt a little off, but other than that, Stallone and Russell are so much fun to watch. The way the two of them play off of each other is infectious. It’s two suave, macho men trying to out-macho each other, and you can tell they’re having a ball doing it.
I like #JackPalance as the villain too. I’ve never realized how sinister his voice is, and it works so well in the context of this movie. #TeriHatcher looks great, even though her character ends up being an underwritten cliche (OF COURSE they kidnap her, just in time for the final showdown). The plot isn’t anything particularly new, and yes there are cliches. But that’s not why you’re here. You’re here to pass the time, and it does so with ease.
“Tango & Cash” isn’t art, but it also isn’t trying to be. It’s a funny, fun little movie that benefits from having Stallone and Russell onboard. I could watch them together in another movie. I could watch them together in a plethora (I love that word) of movies.
You want good company? They’re it.
GRADE: B+
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