After spending most of the movie as a photographic presence, and a spectral memory, director Ol Park has the amazing Meryl haunt the end for a two song encore. It’s the most appropriately timed plot and themed appearance in Here We Go Again.
How do you get an actor (Denzel Washington) and a director (Antoine Fuqua) both known for their sequel aversion to do a sequel like The Equalizer 2? Convince them your doing a remake and tell them that it is a modern day western, even though only the final shootout is horse opera resonant— and it is a straight up revenge thriller.
Ben Foster’s performance in Leave No Trace is frustrating and heartbreaking to watch. Foster plays Will a former vet living with PTSD and a widower with a 13 year old daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who chooses to live off the grid in a constant survivalist state in an Oregon national park. The tragic cycle…
Lynne Ramsey who made the hallucinogenic school violence themed fantasmagoria We Need to Talk About Kevin returns to direct after a five year hiatus. Like Kevin, Here is an impressionistic tonal assault of over saturated images, amped up acoustic exaggeration and minimalistic acting.
Adam Sandler produced Netflix movies aren’t about the quality. They are about how much stuff they can get away with, the more sexual the better. The plots are just setups for the gags. Father of the Year excuse is about an idiot long haired alcoholic father (David Spade) attempts to impress his valedictorian son that…
Damsel is probably the best of a trio of feminist Westerns to grace the big and and small screen this year.
Instead of becoming a light comedy about a mom’s reintegration to the world again, Tully becomes Juno the tragedy.
The sorrowful wisdom brought by their abandonment can be heard in the dialogue (spoken in English by a talented American voice cast), a disaffected whine two hopes, a pat and a cheerful compliment removed from love.
Ready Player One may not be Spielberg’s love letter to the movies he adores but it’s a generous mash note to all 1980’s b-movie fans— and that is more than enough.