Suspiria (2018) What Year Is It?

Film Title

Suspiria (2018)

Synopsis

Yawn, except for the pretzel scene

Director

Luca Guadagnino

Cast

Dakota Johnson
Tilda Swinton
Doris Hick
Malgorzata Bela
Angela Winkler

Suspiria (2018) What year is it? (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) I am not quite sure what to make of Suspiria. [Here is link to Matt’s review of the original] On one hand, I found […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Film Title

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Synopsis

The story of everyone’s favorite grandpa.

Director

Morgan Neville

Cast

Fred Rogers
Joanne Rogers
John Rogers

It’s such a good feeling. A feeling you know. Fred Rogers believed that most television programming in the 1960s – especially the content aimed at children – was loud and distracting drivel. It was entertainment at the expense of others – pies in the face, slippery banana peels, and stupidity that was intended to get […]

First Reformed

Film Title

First Reformed

Synopsis

A preacher is forced to come to terms with every major political and personal issue known to man.

Director

Paul Schrader

Cast

Ethan Hawke
Amanda Seyfried
Cedric the Entertainer

The Thanksgiving conversation of the ages. (Award season consideration has returned, so my mini-reviews are back as well. Enjoy as I rapid-fire them at you through the end of the year.) First Reformed is an ambitious film that attempts to take on multiple, major societal and political issues through the lens of a preacher. Abortion, […]

Robin Hood (2018)

Film Title

Robin Hood (2018)

Synopsis

Robin Hood steals stuff, including your money.

Director

Otto Bathurst

Cast

Taron Egerton
Jamie Foxx
Ben Mendelsohn
Tim Minchin
F. Murray Abraham
Eve Hewson
Jaime Dornan

A steaming wad of everything. In what was one of the weirdest screening experiences of my movie-writing career, I saw the eighty-fourth (approximately) incarnation of Robin Hood, inspiringly titled Robin Hood. The good news is this latest version can be whatever you want it to be. War movie, comedy, action-adventure, romance, B-movie, spoof, fantasy, homage […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Film Title

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Synopsis

A heap of exposition with just a dash of magic.

Director

David Yates

Cast

Eddie Redmayne
Katherine Waterston
Johnny Depp
Jude Law
Ezra Miller
Dan Fogler
Zoe Kravitz
Callum Turner
Cornell John
Alison Sudol
Claudia Kim

Not your kids’ Wizarding World. Remember way back in 2001 when a young Daniel Radcliffe charmed us all in a kid’s film based on a children’s book? We thought the first Harry Potter film was a good family affair, even if it did contain snakes, child abuse, and a creepy guy eating unicorns and living […]

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Film Title

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Synopsis

Exploring Narnia after the Nutcracker sharted on it.

Director

Lasse Hallstrom, Joe Johnston

Cast

Mackenzie Foy
Morgan Freeman
Keira Knightley
Jayden Fowora-Knight
Helen Mirren
Misty Copeland
Matthew Macfadyen

Ohhhhhh, dear. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the better part of eight days wandering around the various parks of Disney World. The average temperature there this time of year is low-to-mid 80s, but we were lucky enough to experience low-to-mid 90s because climate change is fake news. Toss in some legendary humidity and […]

Hunter Killer

Film Title

Hunter Killer

Synopsis

The hunt for clear and present danger.

Director

Donovan Marsh

Cast

Gerard Butler
Gary Oldman
Linda Cardellini
Common
Michael Nyqvist
Toby Stephens

Not much below the surface. We are almost into award-consideration season, as movies like A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody start. We are also almost into the holiday movie season, where all of the remaining blockbusters of the year stomp all over those award-chasing films. But, we are not there yet, which is why […]

First Man

Film Title

First Man

Synopsis

Gemini and Apollo, featuring Neil Armstrong.

Director

Damien Chazelle

Cast

Ryan Gosling
Claire Foy
Jason Clarke
Corey Stoll
Kyle Chandler
Pablo Schreiber
Christopher Abbott
Olivia Hamilton
Ethan Embry
Ciaran Hinds

Nerds. Have you ever ridden Mission Space at Epcot? I have and I love it. My wife has also and decidedly did not love it. I think her exact words were I have a headache and I might throw up. First Man has the same effect without requiring that pesky centrifuge to simulate increased G-forces. […]

Venom

Film Title

Venom

Director

Ruben Fleischer

Cast

Tom Hardy
Michelle Williams
Jenny Slate
Riz Ahmed
Scott Haze
Reid Scott

Where have all the villains gone? According to IGN, Venom is the twenty-second greatest comic book villain of all-time. I have no idea what that really means because I do not read comic books. I would be very hard-pressed to name twenty-three comic book villains at all (unless we are just naming X-Men bad guys), […]

A Star is Born (2018)

Film Title

A Star is Born

Synopsis

Your standard nobody-becomes-a-rock star story, but with booze, beards, and great music.

Director

Bradley Cooper

Cast

Bradley Cooper
Lady Gaga
Sam Elliott
Andrew Dice Clay
Anthony Ramos
Rafi Gavron
Dave Chappelle

Loose strings. Immediately after watching A Star is Born, I felt satisfied. For the past two months, I have been sitting through movies that range from tolerable to ghastly. Recently, I was asked if I had seen any good movies lately, and my brain took a nap. Christopher Robin was pretty good, but that was […]