By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week I tried to keep it in the theaters, ether via films to review or some really promising indies.
121. The Spy Who Dumped Me
This was a bit of a surprise- a film that looked like it might it be a Bad Moms-like mediocrity but which benefits from Kate McKinnon’s delightful weirdness, some borrowed Broad City vibes, and surprisingly bone-crunching action to make for a delightful time at the theaters. Three Beers.
This Oakland-set dramatic comedy (or is it comedic drama?) positively bursts with style, energy, pathos, and unfettered creativity. This is a tour de force for all involved, from rookie director Carlos Lopez Estrada to debut actor Rafael Casal to Daveed Diggs staking his claim as every bit as much of a dynamic multi-talent as his former stage partner Lin-Manuel Miranda. A Toast.
123. Ramen Heads
If you’ve never had real Japanese ramen, a documentary devoted to its most revered chefs may feel too esoteric, but those who have had a good rendition the silky pork broth and noodles will find much to love here. It may get almost comedically worshipful here and there, and have a somewhat scattershot approach, but the food porn here is truly sinful. Three Beers.
124. Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Another bizarrely worshipful film, this one feels earned- what Tom Cruise puts himself through for our entertainment is rightfully subject to a thousand thinkpieces, but the results are invariably entertainment at its purest and most thrilling. This has got to be, start to finish, the most gripping of the Mission: Impossible films, and you know that’s saying something. Two Beers.