By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week I got to sunny Los Angeles (and decidedly not sunny East Moline, Illinois), so my options for theatrical viewing broadened just a tad…
64. Ready Player One
Stephen Spielberg’s latest is exactly the referential to the point of masturbatory 80s nostalgiafest that you’d expect from the source, but damn if the filmmaker doesn’t find the soul, or at least the entertainment throughline that wasn’t clearly present. A rollicksome good time. Three Beers.
65. My Friend Dahmer
This film is based on a comic by a man who was Jeffrey Dahmer’s high school co-prankster and maybe even friend, and focuses on that time while delving very deep into what potentially made one of history’s most recognized monsters tick. xx is nothing short of revelatory, and director Marc Meyers keeps a tight control of tone despite an obvious nod or two that probably originated in the source material. Two Beers.
It’s not often (or ever) when a film lives up the ‘Tarantino-esque’ tag that is thrown around far too often. However, this shaggy LA-set tale taking advantage of intersecting perspectives, witty and profane dialogue, and extreme violence very well might. A little more of a tease- Mexican wrestlers, ex-cons with hearts of gold and swastika face tattoos, the very worst kind of chop-shop… just watch it as soon as it comes near you. Two Beers.