Vox Lux review

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.

3/5

Venom Review: Turd in the Wind

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.

Mary Poppins Returns review

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

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 Coen Bros. Marathon

Over the last two weeks I embarked on the pleasure to marathon the entire Coen Bros. directorial filmography. The Brothers Coen, are some of my favorite filmmakers around.

My rankings for the complete Coen Filmography.

  1. No Country for Old Men
  2. Fargo
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. The Big Lebowski
  5. True Grit
  6. Barton Fink
  7. O’ Brother Where Art Thou
  8. Hail Caesar
  9. A Serious Man
  10. Blood Simple
  11. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  12. Raising Arizona
  13. Burn After Reading
  14. The Hudsucker Proxy
  15. Intolerable Cruelty
  16. Millers Crossing
  17. The Lady Killers

Tarantino Marathon: 3-True Romance

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

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

 

I’m Back!

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

The Birth of a Nation 

The Birth of a Nation was as powerful as it was a great film. Writer, director, producer, and actor Nate Parker has made the best film of the year and I encourage all fans of film or great story telling to go see the film in cinemas. At times the movie reminds me of a Terrence Malick film with the beauty of the hairs and imagery. It will be a shame if Nate Parker does not receive some recognition at this year’s Oscars for multiple roles durring the production of this fine film. 

3.5/5

La La Land review 

“You say romantic like it is a bad thing.” One of the most beautiful and best sensory experiences I have ever felt. Damian Chazelle provides us with this year’s best made film. The sheer amount of joy and pleasure I felt was unbelievable while watching La La Land. My foot tapped throughout and a smile almost never left my face. The performances were raw and felt real, while the callbacks to classic cinema and old school Hollywood were the exact nostalgia trip I needed to remind me why I and many others love film. 5/5