Wednesday, January 1, 2020

More Like a Drug

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Review: Uncut Gems (dir. Josh and Benny Safdie, 2019)

The Safdie Brothers are not interested in why. They only care about what. What it is to be addicted. What it is to be obsessed. What it is to be 100% aware of your own flaws and stay steadfast on a path of destruction anyway. They showed us this a couple years ago in "Good Time," a story of a failed bank robbery and the ensuing chase from the perspective a grade-A horror of a man played by Robert Pattinson. I would've given them all Oscars, if I got to choose such things. And now they've... nearly... done it again.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Wrenches Thrown In the Works

20th Century Fox

Review: Ford v Ferrari (dir. James Mangold, 2019)

It seems impossible for any comment on James Mangold's latest crowd-pleaser Ford v Ferrari to not at least make one mention of Dads. And make no mistake, I couldn't help but think of how fucking much my Dad would've loved this movie. Perhaps the best part of the Ford v Ferrari Dad Movie discourse is that it is all in sincerity. People love it because of that. It is indeed a movie to love, something that feels like they just don't make 'em like that anymore. I cannot overstate how loud, fast, and FUN this movie is. I will watch this movie on rainy days for the rest of my life.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks -- Childs Actors Venture Out

The movie where the gifted little kid actor takes off his/her clothes and grows up, at least in the case of my picks this week.  Sometimes it plays better than others. Either way, the ones who become the best need this sort of breakthrough in order to simply make the transition to "real actor." All three of these actors have proven that they had an ability to transcend what made them famous first.