A Star is Born, but much more dark and weird. Vox Lux is and odd movie to say the least. I really liked a lot of the direction of this film, while not loving the overall package. The film was written and directed by Brady Corbet and stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and the real star and shining light of the film Raffey Cassidy!
She’s so damn good in this film! I loved her performance and the first half of this film! Portman is the saving grace in the second half, but I felt it collapses on itself a bit.
The basic premise is similar to this years, A Star is Born with Port,an and Cassidy’s Celeste character achieving the impossible and becoming a massive pop star. Where this separates itself is the dark messed up commentary by Corbet about media, the music industry, and how it all shapes the individual and their ultimate corruption of themselves and others who are influenced by their art.
The film has some jarring images and scenes! And also has some of the best music of the year, written by pop star Sia. The film also has some very avante garde looks and feels. Willem Dafoe narrates at multiple points throughout the film and title cards set up new chapters in Celeste’s life. At times it felt like Corbet was maybe aping Darren Aronofsky and his style.
While not being a perfect film, I enjoyed Cassidy’s performance the best and Natalie Portman is a force to reckon with as she sings and dances away her personal demons if only for one performance.
The Tom Hardy super hero vehicle, Venom isn’t the worst film of 2028 and but it might be the worst superhero film of 2018. I liked parts of Sony’s take on the Marvel franchise and one of Spider-man’s greatest and most infamous foes!
The movie is often boring and has little to no heart. The shining light is Hardy and Venom’s bromance throughout the film. Hardy does everything he can to try and save this disaster. Even the great Michelle Williams does nothing throughout the film that also features Riz Ahmed and Woody Harrelson as villains.
I’d say to still check out Venom now that’s it’s out on home release, but be cautious as it won’t be for everyone, but it does have its enjoyable moments.
While Mary Poppins Returns didn’t look like my cup of tea, or rather a spoonful of sugar, the film is a pure delight! The Rob Marshall directed sequel is rather enjoyable and a fantastic revisiting of cinematic icon!
Emily Blunt nails Poppins mannerisms and it feels like she hasn’t missed a beat since the last time she flew off screen. Her co-star, Lin Manuel Miranda who plays a gas lamp cleaner Jack delights as well with his patented song and dance.
If you enjoy classic Disney or are a fan of the original Mary Poppins, you should enjoy this redemption of the classic family film!
Annabelle Creation was pretty fun. The theater I saw it in was packed for the Thursday night showing. The crowd was excited and scared pretty easily. These are great experiences for the theater going experience that you cant always get at home.
Now the movie itself has rapid fire scares over it’s two hour runtime. The scares mostly consist of jump and audible scares, but Annabelle sneaks a few true terror scenes in from time to time. I enjoyed this enough to justify seeing it in theaters and would give Annabelle Creations 3/5.
The second film in my second marathon of 2017 is not actually directed by Q.T, but was written by him and directed by the late great, Tony Scott. True Romance feels like a Tarantino joint with his witty banter, grindhouse violence, and countless pop culture references. Q.T sharpens his writing chops with the script for True Romance. Many of his classic tropes can be seen in his script. Overall this is one of the best of his career and should be enjoyed by all! One of my all time favorite scenes stars Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper that will leave you wondering what the hell you just heard. 5/5
The Dark Tower is not as bad as the reviews are saying, but it is not good by an means at all. I liked Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey quite a bit at times, but the overall story is confusing for fans of The Dark Tower books and non fans alike. The movie is entertaining and has good parts, such as the two leads and some of the action scenes.I’m glad it was 95 minutes. 2.5/5 stars
Hi all, I’m not sure anyone is even on here anymore. If you are reading this, then you will start seeing my posts about movies again. I am attempting to see a movie in the theater, each week, for the rest of the year. I will be posting reviews of the films I see as I go. I will also be watching, well marathoning
M. Night Shyamalan’s newest thriller, Split staring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy is actually a breathe of fresh air when talking about the auteur directors other films. It was fantastically acted by McAvoy, who absolutely stole the show and kept a fast paced as the thrillers that we grew accustom to, with Shyamalan’s earlier movies. The movie is tough to talk about without spoiling much, but I will say if you are a fan of his early work or thrillers check it out. The camera work is great as well. Some amazing shots throughout the entire film that leave you unnerved. 3.5/5
Martin Scorsese’s modern masterpiece was almost all I had hoped it would be. Silence is the religious drama about Christian missionaries in Japan in the 1600’s. they are violently tortured until they renounce their faith. Silence is one of the most beautiful shot and most gorgeous films I saw all year. The film is a bit long, but not at the end. The ending had some editing problems and he began telling and not showing. The acting from the three leads , Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Nieson all kill in their performances and casting. The rest of the cast which I was not aware of all do a fantastic job and I was lost in a cinematic world of Martin Scorsese. The original cut was near four hours and Paramount would not release that cut. All in all I loved this movie, but it may not be for all movie viewers, but for anyone wanting to see the master at work on a true passion price of cinema. 4/5