By: Henry J. Fromage –
This weekend included catching up on one of the biggest new releases of the year, and a quiet indie that’s made some waves.
76. Avengers: Infinity War
The culmination of 18(!) movies worth of plot maneuvering and character development is incredibly daring in the lengths it goes to- even in the opening minutes Marvel shows it DNGAF. What really makes this work so much better than this MCU agnostic expected, though, is the development of Thanos as a three-dimensional villain with his own twisted logic and, believe it or not, inner emotional life. Here’s hoping Feige keeps these balls and sticks the landing in the next film. He could be shaking up the gameboard in a way never before seen in cinema history. Two Beers.
77. The Rider
This quasi-documentary of a South Dakota rodeo star who faces never again doing the thing he loves after a nasty throw is beautifully observed and full of the sun-kissed imagery, natural wonder, and true grit that keeps the Western mythos alive and well. Two Beers.
This superhero flick by Train to Busan‘s Yeon Sang-ho for Netflix suffers a bit from the same melodramatic sentimentality as his last (and owes not a little to Chronicle), but also similarly boasts plenty of genre pleasures as a deadbeat dad/security guard gets wide-range telekinetic powers from drinking from an asteroid-infected spring and tries to repair his relationship with his daughter by helping protect her fried chicken business from gangster property developers. Okay, that’s a mouthful, but it’s fun. Three Beers.