By: Henry J. Fromage –
The Oscar season is over- the king is dead, long live the king. Accordingly, it’s time to catch up a bit on what’s in theaters/alternative theaters (Netflix?)
A film that has a decent chance of being remembered come Oscar time, the latest from SciFi master Alex Garland is a mindfuck beyond what he delivered in Ex Machina, an homage to Tarkovsky that gets a great deal nastier and pays attention to the minutest details- a fun one to debate with your family and friends after watching for many an evening after. Two Beers.
The latest trashed genre flick from Netflix that probably doesn’t deserve quite the vitriol it’s getting, sure, Mute is verrryy Blade Runner indebted in its world-building and a little slapdash in its storytelling and supporting acting, but at its core it’s a pretty nasty, fairly entertaining, and indisputably pretty to look at dystopian future story from Duncan Jones that is worth a few hours of your time. Three Beers.
56. Black Panther
While I’m not as over the moon as the whole world, it appears (it starts slow, and follows pretty Marvel plot guidelines for the most part), I’m still goddamn excited about it, and Killmonger is one of the great conflicted villains of at least the last decade or so. Coogler + Jordan is pure gold, and the Afrofuturist world they create and then complicate deserves all the accolades they’ve been getting. Two Beers.
57. The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
This is a short film, sure, but at 30 minutes, a robust one, and a self-contained world of horror and fuck-uppery that presages what I’ve been hearing is a generational horror film in Heritage from the same director, Ari Aster. This one is about as psychologically disturbed as a calling-card short can be- I won’t tell you anything more about it since my fellow MovieBoozerites did the same for me, but prepare your loins… Two Beers.