Ken’s Movie Diary 2018: films #72 to #76

72. Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

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Ready, Player One might have been little more than a series of clever action sequences, but at least it had clever action sequences. This is a series of dull and repetitive action sequences with a soap opera-level story that makes the Toho Godzilla movies seem like high art. On the plus side; Charlie Day can be fun.

73. A Quiet Place (2018)

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A carefully paced and performed horror film with some of the most spectacular sound mixing and editing in recent memory. While it does sometimes fall victim to the Horror movie trope of people making horrible and easily avoidable decisions, the filmmaking and the characters are far too interesting for it to matter much. Definitely make this a priority.

74. Chappaquiddick (2018)

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The Chappaquiddick incident in which Senator Ted Kennedy’s drunk driving resulted in the death of a female staffer is depicted very closely to the history of the incident, while filling in the cracks of ambiguity with a plausible sequence of events. Jason Clarke is excellent as Sen. Kennedy, and Ed Helms admirably supports as the film’s emotional center. Helms plays Joe Gargan, a distant Kennedy relative whose relationship with Ted was changed forever by the incident.  Overall, this film is respectably made, but perhaps lacking the directorial flourish that would have made it essential.

75. Acrimony (2018)

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Tyler Perry’s first hard-R rated thriller is a ludicrous sequence of increasingly bad ideas and popcorn logic, with Taraji P. Henson being the film’s saving grace. Clearly knowing that she was in some exploitative trash, she goes full-tilt to be the trashiest that she can be. If the film was paced a bit better it might have been recommendable as unintentional comedy, but events move far too slowly to truly make it worth your time.

76. Blockers (2018)

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Some funny moments here and there do not save this sex-comedy that is approximately as daring as a Pedestrian Crossing sign. The film would have worked better by focusing on the teen girls as they endeavor to follow through on their sex-pact, rather than their creepy-ass stalker parents. The script feels desperately old, as if it was conceived as an American Pie spin-off.

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

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