With Leilah at home
Oh, what would the MCU be if Norton hadn't pissed everyone off and gotten himself fired? Its an interesting question, one we will never know the answer to. One thing we do know is that The Incredible Hulk is the best film of the MCU origin stories.
With Kina and Leilah at Lakewood AMC
I don't know what all the naysayers are harping about. Captain Marvel keeps the MCU streak going as upper tier popcorn entertainment. Brie Larsen does a great job at showing she can kick tail with the best of the boys and Sam L. is a G as always. I feel its some kind of sexist even to compare it to Wonder Woman because they have nothing in common outside of being comic based and having female protagonists but if I have to, then I'll say Captain Marvel is easily the superior of the two. If you aren't a right wing jerkwad that can't get his head out of his ass and you like a good action film, then you should have a great time here. My gripes were small and center mostly on the climax and how it was executed, but they are small issues.
Gritty tale of a cop (Burt Reynolds) demoted to the vice squad in Atlanta after a bust goes awry. I don't know how this has never came across my radar before. I learned of Sharky's Machine reading an obit for Reynolds. Doing some background on the film, I learned that this was Burt's answer to the Dirty Harry series after he felt Eastwood crossed into his territory with Every Which Way But Loose. Sharky's Machine is no Dirty Harry. Nor is it on par with Body Heat which is another one it seems to oft have been compared to. But it has some of the character of both films and does it best to hold court. There are some ridiculous things that sink it (ninjas in karate suits working for Latin drug kingpins??) but it does have some good things going for it as well, the highlight of which is the chaotic chemistry between Reynold's Sharky and his vice squad. That interaction feels genuine and helps hold the rest up when needed.
With Kina at home
I must admit that when I heard who was behind this return to my beloved Halloween franchise, I had an eyebrow cocked. Danny McBride, known for a career of goofball comedic relief and David Gordon Green, a director who has had some good stuff but nothing I have seen that was anything like a slasher. In all honesty, I expected bad things. But while nowhere near perfect, this direct sequel to the original is a pretty fun ride for fans of the series. The first half pretty much pays homage to the 1978 classic, recreating some of its most memorable scenes with a new modern take. And the second half takes off on its own, finishing in a satisfying climax that was pretty dang commendable. Rob Zombie, eat shit.
With Kina at home
Searching is an interesting achievement in the manner of which its events are captured on the screen. The entire movie is told through a computer. From emails, Youtube videos, live streams, Facetime chats, everything is told via a digital interface. The story revolves around a father (John Cho) whose teenage daughter has gone missing. In his efforts to find her, he scours through emails and video blogs she has posted, learning more than he ever knew about her as he tries to track her down. There is a lot to push aside while watching Searching. But while culpability gives way to the unique presentation, it isn't over the top enough to ruin the thriller. I was actually pretty locked in throughout most of it, grasping on to a sort of Hitchcockian type feel with a modern cyperspace twist woven into the fabric. Cho proves that he can play the leading man with ease. I have always been a fan of his acting chops and I hope Searching opens up some doors for him. Kudos also go to Michelle La, showing a nice range as the missing girl as she hides her angst from her dad in moments caught on old video files. Debra Messing was not as impressive playing the lead investigator in his daughter's case. It felt at times like she was phoning it in a little, maybe not used to playing to a webcam. Still, props to director and writer Aneesh Chaganty for putting together a mystery with such an interesting lens.
With Kina, Marq, and Bella at Bellevue Air BnB before Bella left for Australia
Saulnier is definitely on my to watch list. I loved Blue Ruin and think Hold the Dark looks pretty good. Green Room however carried some serious buzz with it and I must say I was a little disappointed. Its beautifully shot but the road from beginning to end hits some questionable patches which hold the piece up from being great. I love Patrick Stewart as much as anyone else but I also was underwhelmed at his heavily hyped role as a skinhead bigwig trying to clean up after his goons create a bloody mess in front of a travelling punk rock band. Any of you guys wonder why William Hurt got so much props for his quick role in A History of Violence? Kinda the same deal with Stewart here for me. Oh well. Saulnier still knows how to fuck people up on film and there was a whole lot of that type of fun here that kept me dialed in.
This is easily one of the most beautifully shot Westerns ever. The gorgeous cinematography of the desolate winter wastelands on top of an impeccable Morricone score set a haunting backdrop for a story that will sit with you for some time. Klaus Kinski is masterful as the subdued psycho Loco and Jean-Louis Trintignant shows how to convey emotion without words as the mute protagonist Silence. Not to be missed.
With Simone Harwood at Home on Sky+
Average rating: 6.5