By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week I took some time to actually hit up theaters and get some new movies watched to honestly pretty good result- the good ones are arriving.
113. Long Day’s Journey Into Night
With this film, young Chinese director Bi Gan stakes his claim as one of the most exciting directors working today (and quite possibly the most exciting director to come out of China in, okay, I’m going to say it, forever. Essentially an achingly beautiful, gangster film meets In the Mood for Love-type prologue to a feature-length one-take 3-D dream sequence, the audaciousness here is only met by the execution. A Toast.
114. Avengers: Endgame
I’m not going to spoil anything here, although after an unprecedented billion-dollar box office debut, it’s hard to believe there’s anything left to be spoiled. All I can say is that Feige, the Russos, and McFeely & Marcus stick the landing beautifully, emotionally, and satisfactorily. Really, past the normal Marvel house-style disclaimers (you’re either in or you’re out at this point), no complaints. That in and of itself is remarkable. Two Beers.
One of the one-season wonder TV shows that lands on everyone’s regretful lists of such, this sunshine and surfboard California detective show benefits greatly from the chemistry of its main cast (Donal Logue is great, but for my money Michael Raymond-James does the best work here and deserves much better opportunities than he’s gotten). Ted Griffin and producers Shawn Ryan & Tim Minear deliver a tight 13 episodes of laid-back but engaging detective story that wraps up perfectly despite its too-early cancellation. Sometimes those one-season wonders are still worth your time. Two Beers.
I’m as surprised as you are, but the latest Pure Flix film about a 14 year old boy who falls through ice, is recovered after 20 minutes underwater without a pulse and doesn’t regain it for another 45 minutes on an Emergency Room table after his mother arrives and prays for his life. And that’s just where the medical nothing-else-to-call-them-but miracles begin. Pure Flix finally learns to root its stories in character and recognizable virtue and faults, and a very affecting, effective drama is the result. Two Beers.
117. Long Shot
Yes, it’s beyond unlikely that the arguably most powerful woman in the world and likely next President of the United States who has the charisma and looks of Charlize Theron would fall for a profane ex-Vice-like magazine reporter named Fred Flarsky who has the charisma and looks of Seth Rogen. Whatever- that’s the premise of the film and Theron and Rogen’s chemistry sell it just enough to make the ensuing comedy and romance work perfectly well. If you like Rogen + Jonathan Levine comedies like The Night Of or 50/50, then you’ll enjoy this. Three Beers.