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So far, so beautiful.
Tight, deatiled storytelling with smart dialogue as well as an intriguing premise and baffling mystery drive this techno-thriller. Alex Garland is proving himself a master storyteller with each new project he undertakes. Nick Offerman is hauntingly creepy and convincing in his role. I have not seen a single character that seemed out of place here. I will say, I am hooked and 2 episodes in I am greedily awaiting my next fix.
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
If you didn't like it, you didn't get it.
JoJo Rabbit beautifully illustrates how villianous propoganda can affect the youth and inspire heartbreaking cultural misinformation. When we meet JoJo, his ignorance is painted comical, but underlying the comedy is the sting of realism. In Nazi Germany, anti-Semitic propoganda completely altered the truth, and was most effective on impressionable German children, like JoJo. It is Truth that begins to transform him and his unacceptance of this world he has been taught to glorify is what drives the film. Satire is the vehicle, but Truth and Morality is the passenger. If you hated JoJo Rabbit because you thought it made fun of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during WW2, then you have missed the point.
Not perfect, but it really tried to be.
It is the end of an era with The Rise of Skywalker concluding the story that George Lucas started in 1977. We have come a very long way, and so have the characters. I don't want to give too much away with the film so I will give simple ratings. Direction: 9/10. Musical score: 10/10. Effects and such: 10/10. Plot: 8/10. Acting: 9/10.
I cried out of sadness, I cried out of pure joy. I recaptured the feeling I had when I was a child and it was all so new and wondrous. I left the theater feeling invigorated and slightly upset that after all this time, even though it felt right to be saying goodbye, it was finally over.
I waited a day to write this review because I wanted time to mull things over. It is early morning, the next day, and what I feel about ROS, and consequently the entire saga as a whole is, it was an honor and a privilege.
May the Force be with you always.
I wish I could score this less than 1 star
This movie reminds me of that scene from Jurassic Park where Jeff Goldblum says "You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you never bothered to ask if you should." This was hands down the most disturbingly awful movie I have ever seen. Whoever greenlit this should never be in charge of the light ever again. How dare they do this to me?!? Please don't go see this movie. And if you do, may God have mercy on your soul.
Knives Out (2019)
Rian Johnson Redeemed
Johnson recieved a lot of fall out for his treatment of The Last Jedi, but after seeing Knives Out, I have to say that he has exonerated himself from any judgements toward his ability to direct or tell a fresh, gripping story. The plot of Knives Out is original and new, told at a fast pace (although the film itself is a 2 hour slow burn), full of amazing performances, twists and turns, and tight dialogue. Daniel Craig delivers a memorable performance as the Private Eye, although I found his affected southern accent to be a bit distracting at times. Knives Out was worth the price of admission as well as a strong reccomendation to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that will truly keep you guessing.
Great acting, tight plot, and very smart pacing.
Saw this tonight and really enjoyed it. Bill Skarsgard shines in his role as does his fellow actors. The relationships between the two couples feel organic and real, not forced. It doesn't seem like they're acting. The plot is fairly simple, but it's elegantly executed and never drags. There is very little violence, but when violence happens, it feels visceral. And the dialogue is hypnotic. Scene direction and musical score is on point. My only gripe with this film is a minor one: the resolution felt abrupt, and after all that build up I would have liked to see something more. But overall, this was a damn fine movie that deserves more exposure than the small amount it has already had.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Lives up to Kubrick's classic as well as King's novels.
This film was a masterpiece that tied Stephen King's book with Kubrick's vision of The Shining perfectly. There were some changes from the original novel, just as there were in Kubrick's adaption of The Shining, but the alterations resonated beautifully with King's original ending to The Shining. Ewan McGreggor portrayed Danny Torrance with high class acting, as did each other actor. The direction, cinematography, and musical score was also near perfect. A worthy successor to Kubrick's classic masterpiece, on all counts. Fans of Kubrick's film as well as King's novel will not be disappointed.
Baby Driver (2017)
Best Car Chase Film Ever Made
I won't say much, just that, don't listen to the negative reviews, the few of them that there are. This was a fun, smart movie with tense action, a good story line, likable, memorable characters, all built on a scaffolding of a kick-ass soundtrack. Edgar Wright's direction is spot on. I would have given this eleven stars if I could have.