I admittedly missed out on this film until 2020, where one late night with a bag of taco bell I decided it was the best movie to watch. I was damn right. This movie is entertaining from start to finish and features performances from Daniel Craig and Adam Driver that are truly too good for a film about hicks robbing a vault. Craig plays Joe Bang and he likes to blow stuff up. Driver plays one-armed Clyde, who says cauliflower in a weird way. Do you really need to know anything else? I will say I was thoroughly impressed and so glad I took the time to revisit this oddball comedy. It has a great sense of it's location and uses the setting, culture, and people of this southern town to create a fleshed out, gut-wrenchingly funny film about a cursed family named Logan.
Subtle brilliance and endearing sentiment make 'The Florida Project' such an emotionally rewarding experience. Despite the tough circumstances the characters of this film all live under the child's perspective creates an often magical atmosphere. The first 30 minutes especially, as we watch three misbehaving children find enjoyment from small activities like spitting on cars or watching their neighbor go topless in the public pool. It's kinda funny even with the serious undertone. Yet, the longer the film runs the more desperate the situation becomes for our lead child, Moonee. It's a very sad reality and this is one important story.
The Big Sick is a genuine and hilarious romantic-comedy about two people from different cultures falling in love. It pushes the boundaries of its genre as well as posing valuable lessons for anyone in Nanjiani's shoes. My girlfriend and I watched this together and we both laughed and cried. Eating every punch to the heart made by this adorable indie gem.
Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy both create complex characters that continue to unfold throughout Thoroughbreds. Highly unpredictable and quirky, Cory Finley's directorial debut thoroughly entertains. Gorgeous cinematography mixed with existential dread compel tense arguments against the American dream creating a sort of dystopia. Where everyone is controlled by their emotions- unless they have none. A lot can be said about this thought-provoking mindf***.
I, Tonya is a must watch. It's a bizarre true story told in an unconventional manner with phenomenal acting and an awesome script. There's a lot to love about this biopic! Margot Robbie proves to be a strong lead with her raw portrayal of Tonya Harding. She's a powerhouse. Allison Janney is also a beast while playing Tonya's abusive mother who pushes her to unethical limits. This is the "Wolf of Wallstreet" of figure-skating movies. Its fast, unapologetic, and harsh. Anyone who's passionate about doing what they love will find a deep connection with this bittersweet portrait of Tonya Harding.
Bewildering metaphorical hosh posh. Cattering to the fans of avant-garde film- the director and writer Yorgos Lanthimos has created a modern rendition of a greek mythos. The most puzzling question is the characters lack of basic emotions. The decision definitely creates an uncomfortable eerie tone but I don't always see how it's in the films best interest. Nonetheless, I couldn't help but watch this film all the way through. Even if it may have been challenging, which was definitely the directors intentions. The talented cast made it all work.
"Don't pick a fight with me, you certainly won't come out alive. I'll go right through you and it'll be you who ends up on the floor. Understood?"
Phantom Thread will be thoroughly enjoyed by those interested in tense and melodramatic time-piece films. Everyone else will simply be captured by the beauty that Paul Thomas Anderson has created in his characters and in the clothing. This is far from being a perfect movie. But its hard to not get wrapped in the material.
"YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA!"
The Disaster Artist is James Franco's gig. He created his vision; the cast, the script, the performance. It's succeeding on every level. This film is about the true creation of the cult-classic film "The Room," which is known for being the worst film ever made. James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau who is a producer, director, and actor responsible for "The Room." Its a movie about a real guy who made a movie and its hilarious, heart-warming, and definitely worth your time.
The Last Jedi is most definitely one of the best looking and most exciting star wars movies to date. Yet, the script itself lacks in some departments and this is the movie's downfall. The press and the Star Wars junkies are tearing it apart and calling it a destructive part of the Star Wars anthology going as far as to have it removed from the anthology completely. They're completely over-looking the fact that Rian Johnson made a beautiful and diverse movie that explores more of the untouched galaxy.
A Ghost Story is layered and it's dimensions can be explored in conversation for many hours after the film has ended. I've seen it once. The multiple stories I followed are vague but beautiful. Each scene acts as visual art, webbing together ideas that overlap. Its intriguing and dark enough to keep its audience interested. At times it's a dark-comedy, at times a horror, and at times a Ghost's story. What a unique picture.
"I think something very important is happening and it's deeply connected to my purpose."
Good Time is such an exhilarating experience. From start to finish, this film presents a harsh perspective on reality which, for me created a sense of sadness and loathing for privileged people taking advantage of their situations. Good Time is such an ironic title. This movie is about everything besides a good time. The whole run-time I was on the edge of my seat. Such a beautifully depressing movie.
Detroit is dealing with an infectious problem. The situation of police brutality dealing with black individuals. It's hard to watch. The performances were the highlight of the movie. Featured alongside Bigelows stylistic camera work, the actors create a very vivid and real experience. Sadly though, with almost three hours of run time the movie drags on. The situation that's sculpted seems surprisingly extended and majority of the movie takes place in real time. You've been in this situation as long as the characters have. As the characters start to realize the intensity of their own situations, the audience may start to check their phones for the time. By the end I was ready to turn the TV off and maybe go punch a cop in the face.
In all honesty, I was highly anticipating this film and I feel a little underwhelmed with the product that I saw. The movie felt choppy and incomplete, which really became an issue towards the end of the film. With the bad news out of the way, overall the experience was enjoyable. The actors embraced their roles and the story was fun to follow (ultimately creating a bigger issue with the ending). I recommend it to families and those who don't like Johnny Depp.
WAR is the finale of an incredible trilogy boasting beautiful cinematography, top-notch CGI, and thrilling action. I've personally enjoyed RISE, DAWN, and now WAR. Both previous films I gave 4 stars and they well-deserved it. WAR on-the-other-hand has a couple issues, which don't ruin the movie at all. But they hindered me from being able to give it the classic rating. All of the issues start in the 3rd act. The scenery becomes overly dreary, the plot shifts focus onto Woody Harrelson's character (who I did not enjoy), and things start to speed up. All of a sudden the movies over and so much gets avoided. Not the ending that such a great trilogy deserves. Maybe you'll disagree with me? Either way any fan of the trilogy needs to see this.