Not Quite Enough
There is a lot of stuff packed in Flower's short run time. Some funny, some sad, and some crazy. I think overall, this is why it didn't quite work for me. I did enjoy parts of Flower. There was some good substance. However, some of it was a little too unrealistic for my standards.
Very Ho Hum
I thought Lost Girls had a chance to tell a pretty in depth story about a true life unsolved serial killer case. However, I only got a R rated Lifetime movie with some fucks and shits to make it a little edgy. Unfortunate. The potential was there. Just didn't do it for me.
Not For The Kiddies
Like many others I was highly anticipating Jennifer Kent's follow up of her 2014 freak out, The Babadook. Simply put, The Nightingale will be a near impossible watch for some. It is brutal, graphic and depressing. The disgusting treatment of Australia's indigenous people is on full display and am glad it was shown. I didn't really have any background on it and based on comments of the movie, Kent wanted it to be as accurate as possible. The Nightingale really has standout acting across the board. However, it sure isn't suitable for the Sunday night viewing.
I really loved Jojo Rabbit. It may seem weird to say that about a film dealing with Nazi's. However, Taika Waititi manages to really weave a superb movie. The film is full of great performances and manages to capture a lot of emotion. Highly recommended.
American Factory was the 2020 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary. It is a really intriguing look at what happens when a Chinese billionaire buys an abandoned General Motors factory and gives 2,000 Americans jobs. In the beginning morale is sky high with both the Americans and the Chinese workers that come together. Eventually, the culture clash threatens the harmony. This is one of the better docs I have seen in a while and should be viewed by all.
Who Did It?
A massive shooting at a police funeral prompts an ex-cop who is now a member of a known militia group to find answers. The less you know about Sparrow Creek, the better. I really enjoyed this. In its 88 minute running time, you get a solid thriller.
Joaquin Doesn't Play
You Were Never Really Here will be a tough watch for some. Interestingly enough, I thought of a very young Joaquin Phoenix in a film with Nic Cage, 1999's 8mm. Both of these movies deal with grimy subjects. In my opinion, they don't get talked about more because of the subject matter. I actually wish YWNRH was a little bit longer. I think there were a few things that could have been looked into a little bit more and this would have been knocked out of the park.
Some Very Stupid Shit
After seeing Bone Tomahawk, I was really excited to see Brawl in Cell Block 99. While I do love me a good Grindhouse movie, this is not it. I just couldn't buy into Vaughn's character or any of the fight scenes. Like so many films, the potential was there. Executing the landing and sticking it? Did not happen.
Road Games is pretty bad. There isn't really a lot of redeeming qualities here. The lone exception is Joséphine de La Baume. What a beauty! I guess it is also good to see Scream Queen Barbara Crampton as well. Other than that, it sucked.
This One Shook Some Peeps
Holy Shit, is all I can say. I'm still processing this one. mother! is not for the faint of heart, I guess. Some people really were disgusted with some of the scenes of the film. People have to understand that the movie experience is different for all. You might not like it, but maybe you should do a little research before you go 0 to 100.
Worthy, But Not The Masterpiece Everyone Says It Is
I liked Parasite. I didn't love it. It's a solid film, that I won't deny. However, is it worthy of four Oscars? It can be debated, that is certain. Maybe I will like it more on a second viewing. Parasite is definitely a slow burn. Will you like the pain it leaves once you feel the fire?
It Fell Short
I didn't go gaga over A Prayer Before Dawn, but I didn't really hate it either. Based on the true life story and novel of Billy Moore, he is arrested and put in a prison known as The Bangkok Hilton. At times I thought this might establish itself and grab me. However, the film was a little choppy at times and didn't quite get over the hump.
Wish It Got More Love
The Farewell is an inside look at a Chinese family and their matriarch. It's a wonderful drama / comedy that the whole family could watch and get something out of. I wish the film garnered more attention as films like this need to be made.
A Pretty Interesting Curveball
Gaspar Noe films are the epitome of divisiveness. His style is certainly not for all. Truthfully, the guy really doesn't give a shit if you dig his stuff or not. I actually enjoyed Climax. It might be a weird word choice, but a movie that doesn't have any established stars, with the exception of Sophia Botella was pretty interesting. The dancing is top notch, the soundtrack great and when the shit goes down? I doubt anyone was ready.
Why Shia Had Hardships
If you struggle with kids trying to get love from their parents, Honey Boy is not your film. However, if you can get past some of that intensity, you will find that this piece of work packs a big punch in its 94 minute run time. Shia LeBouf, Noah Jupe, Lucas Hedges and FKA Twigs really crush their performances.
Worth the Time
I enjoyed Pilgrim. It's campy and over the top at times, but I think this is part of the charm for me. Pilgrim is part of Hulu's anthology series: Into the Dark. This is something that they have given us since 2019. I need to watch more of them. This one is a spin on the obvious, Thanksgiving
It Had Me For A While
There were moments of The Art of Self-Defense that had me rolling. Unfortunately, as the film progresses, it starts to lose the mojo and really just limped to the finish line. Performance wise, Eisenberg and Nivola really own it. The film just gets a little too silly for my liking.
It's A Below Average Film
This was a really long and drawn out film. I found Destroyer to be pretty cookie cutter. I guess I am in the minority with Nicole Kidman's performance. She is usually very solid and I give her a lot of credit for many of her other roles. I just did not feel engaged.
A Proper Winner
The Gentlemen. A return to the old Guy Ritchie roots. It's easily the best film he's made since Snatch. I can't wait to get my own copy of this film. I'll be picking up little things every time. The characters are amazing, the acting is next level and pretty safe to say I don't know if I have seen a movie with cunt uttered this many times. Call me a 13 year old, but I laughed every time.
A Massive Winner
The fact that I am watching this in 2020 is shameful. How did this fly under my radar? I really loved The Florida Project. The acting is phenomenal. You just can't get small kids to steal scenes the way the children did in this film. Willem Dafoe is a rock as he always is. This one will have you running the full gambit of emotions.
You are an upper class doctor at a hospital. You help people daily, saving them. Then one day, the unthinkable occurs. Your son is savagely beaten outside of a nightclub. What do you do? How do you respond? How far are you willing to go for the one that had so much to look forward to in life, but now lies comatose in a hospital bed? Are you able to forgive?
A Truly Unbelievable Documentary
I can't say enough about Dead Man's Line. This Documentary about a man over the edge, in the late 70's in Indiana will leave you fascinated. I really can't believe how law enforcement and the media handled this. Not to mention, the general public were able to integrate with the situation as it unfolded. It seems so unreal to be true. Dead Man's Line is really next level stuff.
Recognizable Names Doesn't Equal Quality
I'll just say it. I was completely underwhelmed with Widows. This was Steve McQueen's follow up to 12 Years as a Slave? I'm not sure what happened, but I was not impressed. He's lucky that Daniel Kaluuya stole every scene he was in or the film would have been much worse. I also liked Cynthia Erivo here, although she doesn't get enough screen time. Carrie Coon is totally wasted. Hopefully, she got a decent check and enjoyed the craft services.
I Laughed & I Also Checked My Watch
Bridesmaids is funny. It has some legitimate laugh out loud moments. There is absolutely no denying that. However, I felt that in between those times, there were parts that could have been left on the cutting room floor. The ladies are hilarious and their characters likeable. Mr. policeman is a cool guy. Ted is a prick. For me, Bridesmaids would have been so much better at about 1hr and 40 minutes. I don't understand why a comedy needs to run longer than that.
An Underrated Nugget
This was a pleasant surprise. Sweet Virginia takes a tiny town in Alaska, throws about six characters in a blender and hits the mix button. It's a nice, slow burn and reminded me a tad of something Tyler Sheridan might do. The standouts are Bernthal and Abbott. It goes without saying that Drake's 0 to 100 was written especially for him. His character is a guy you do not want to come across anytime or anywhere.
Worthy of All the Accolades
When you think of the words that get tossed around about Moonlight, "moving" and "powerful" are two that I frequently heard. However, they really do describe the film. While very heartbreaking at times, Moonlight is able to take the very small amount of dialogue and transform it to the beauty of expression. Across the board, the acting is on point in this one.
Honestly, for the accolades Eight Grade received, I'm still trying to figure out what made it stand out. Was it awful? No, far from it. However, it didn't stand out to me as an excellent piece of work. It's another coming of age film, that I found a little depressing.
O'Connell Is A Beast
Jack O' Connell brings all the hate and rage as Eric Love into prison with him in Starred Up. He eventually crosses paths with his father (Ben Mendelsohn), a major shot caller in lock up. Will he be able to control his demons and make it?
A Smooth Drive
A very satisfying and fitting ending for the Jesse Pinkman arc. El Camino is full of some of the great things that made Breaking Bad so epic. Aaron Paul shows us why he was such a gift in this universe. The Cinematography is nails. And the other actors kill it.
It Chapter II is the finale of Pennywise and The Losers. Unfortunately, coming in at a very bloated run time of nearly three hours, it misses the mark. Chapter II is a roller coaster of unevenness, a bad script mixed with some terrible and not scary CGI. In its defense, the first 50 minutes or so are actually the better part of the film. Then it simply was all over for my liking. This is another case of the sequel not showing up. It Chapter II is nothing to write home about.
You Could Do Worse On a Thursday Afternoon
A tradition like no other... no, it's not The Masters but Ready or Not is the newest film to give us the hunt for man. Well, in this case woman. Honestly, it was a little overrated for me. The performances were fine. However, there wasn't a lot we haven't seen before. Perhaps, a slight wrinkle in the fabric. Overall just slightly above average.
It Had The Potential
Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal on paper would seem to be a slam dunk, right? Well, parts of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark had me pretty giddy. Most of the film is shot with practical effects and let me tell you, they were pretty fucking amazing. However, this is a PG-13 movie, and there are limits to what the guys pushed for. I know there is a specific audience they are shooting at, but I feel this film is kind of caught in a tough spot. Too young for horror nuts like me. Too old for some of the younger generation. It's a mixed bag.
QT Still Knows How To Bring It
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has everything you would want in a Tarantino film. Top tier acting, a sharp script and a warp back to the late 60's in typical QT detail. The opportunity to be go back to this era and visit the Manson Ranch was one of the big moments for me of the film. It was creepy and fun, and could very well have played a larger part in the movie. It's not my favorite Tarantino movie, but it proves to me, once again, he makes fine film and still has not made a bad one to this day.
I'll Drink To This
Leaps and bounds ahead of the above average, but unimpressive John Wick 2, Parabellum delivers on all levels. The subtle nods to action films (I won't spill the beans) that came years before this one. The casting of seasoned action dynamo's ( Cecep Arif Rahman and Yayan Ruhian) from The Raid and The Raid Redemption. And getting Mark Dacascos and Tiger Hu Chen in on the fun? Shit, I'll take that all damn day. By the way, pretty sure Keanu and Halle drink from the same fountain of youth.
Tangerines, a very tasty fruit
Tangerines was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2015 Oscars. I can see why. This film, from Estonia, packed a lot of emotional depth in its 1 hour and 27 minute run time. Tangerines is a nice compact piece of cinema, with solid character development and a look at part of the world that many more should know about.
Godzilla, The GOAT
Let's keep it 100, there is ZERO doubt, or question on this, none. Godzilla is the greatest big screen Kaiju ever. You can't keep Gojira down, no matter what. Anything put in the big guys way has been put in check. He's been doin it and doin it well since 1954 and has 35 films under his belt. Who can get with that?
Now, with that out of the way, is Godzilla: King of the Monsters a perfect movie? Far from it, but seeing the sheer annhilation of multiple Kaiju on the big screen wreaking havoc on the world and each other was enough for me to squeal like an eight year old. Go see what I'm talking about, today, in IMAX!
Average rating: 6.5