By: Henry J. Fromage –
Holiday time sees me back at home for a stretch, but never fear- tis the season of excellent films.
173. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Apparently Netflix provided an excuse to indulge in their most misanthropic tendencies, because this anthology of twisted morality tales told through the medium of classic Western tropes is bona fide fucked in the head. But in that inimitable Coen Bros way. Two Beers.
174. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I’m not sure I’d ever seen this one all the way through, so despite being very familiar with the bizarre basics, I had no idea how truly wacked out this ostensible children’s film really is. It’s all kind of glorious. Five Beers.
175. Ralph Breaks the Internet
It’s somewhat unclear where the central and very blatant codependency metaphor is targeted (it’s a bit extreme for two friends, like Ralph and Vanellope are, but the parent/child dynamic doesn’t really track all the way through either), but the undercurrent of emotion binds all the frantic & colorful internet jokes and callbacks well in the end. The Disney Princesses are the film’s secret weapon. Three Beers.
176. The Endless
The budgets still don’t quite match Benson & Moorhead’s ambition, but if they keep churning out mind-grabbing sci-fi/horror-psychodramas like this and Spring, then one hopes they’ll eventually be given a perfect fit. Just let this film take you along for the ride- you won’t be disappointed. Two Beers.