By: Henry J. Fromage –
The theme of this week should be readily apparent- yep, a lazy weekend yields some catching up on those theatrical releases I missed semi-intentionally the first time around.
This is definitely the best of the Disney live-action remakes in recent years, which is saying precisely nothing at all. I will say I was surprised at the energy on display and winning comic energy between a, yes, effective Will Smith and leads Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott. The additions to “modernize” the film weren’t egregious, but also weren’t terribly necessary, but when it goes goofy it’s at its best. Four Beers.
194. Men in Black International
Another mediocre blockbuster, but the overall failure kind. I hope this isn’t a reason to discourage any more pairings of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who were so dynamite in Thor: Ragnarok. The movie itself is just meh, with some funny moments courtesy of that pair and Kumail Nanjiani’s diminutive alien and plenty of CGI budget up on the screen. Airplane movie fare. Four Beers.
195. One Cut of the Dead
I won’t spoil the conceit of this film, although I may just in my review to follow. This microbudget indie has already made back its budget hundreds of times over before opening in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why- the zombie angle is just the hook- the film is about filmmaking and the types of people drawn to it as much as anything, and for all the gore, it’s even heartwarming in the end. Impossible not to like. Two Beers.
196. On Becoming a God in Central Florida
My wife and I watched the first episode, and then immediately the next two in quick succession last night. Kirsten Dunst is a revelation here, as the most put-upon Floridian wife ever, whose husband (Alexander Skarsgard) makes poor decision after poor decision en route to the poorest of them all. Now she’s stuck with his position in the lower tier of a pyramid scheme and needs to scratch and claw her way out of it however she can. I’m getting really early Breaking Bad vibes here- seriously addictive stuff. A Toast.
Bong Joon-ho’s latest seems on a surefire course to be his most widely recognized, a smash at Cannes that’s a heat-seeking missile for the Oscars. This disturbing class warfare drama/comedy/horror/all the good stuff mashed together in typical Korean fashion flick arrests your attention from start to finish- the character work keeps you as enraptured as the many twists. A Toast.