Hola! And welcome to fall. That happened fast, didn’t it? We had 40 days and 40 nights of rain, then the sun tried to kill us off, and suddenly it’s fall. Whatever is happening to the world? Soon it’ll be Armageddon! Just kidding. But here’s the more important question: will it be soon enough when it comes? And on that interesting thought, let’s turn our attention to a wonderful little home invasion flick.
Yes, I know some of you probably already saw it. But it’s totally worth a mention at this juncture in time, since we are beginning our descent into darkness, as if were… no, I’m not deluded, the northern hemisphere is tilting away from the sun (that’s why it gets cold). But, enough science—DON’T BREATHE is another great example of how well one can do with a small budget and a great script. Three Detroit thieves (Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto) have a thing for breaking into wealthy people’s homes. Then they hear about the blind vet (Stephen Lang) who just got a huge cash settlement due to his daughter’s wrongful death, and figure, easy target. Think again, darlings! The tension will have you screaming, the dialogue is awesomely sparse, the score unobtrusive, and the pace efficient. Nicely done, Mr. Fede Alvarez. Check out the trailer:
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Or, you could watch Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender mope about in THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. Is that harsh? You decide. But you’ll definitely need a box of tissues. Also, be prepared to hear the sound of sobbing and sniffling from your fellow moviegoers. Young serviceman Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender), traumatized by war, retires to a quiet life as the keeper of a lighthouse on the island of Janus Rock, and takes his cute wife Isabel (Vikander) with him. After miscarriages threaten their lovely marriage, they miraculously find a baby in a rowing boat that washes up on the beach. They bury the dead man also in the boat, and take the baby home. Sherbourne shuts his pie hole and squashes his conscience when he sees how happy Isabel is with the baby that’s totally not theirs to keep. Four years later, they go to the mainland for their ‘daughter’s’ christening, and… ta-da! Guess who they happen upon? That’s right, Rachel Weisz! You know who I mean 🙂 So, yes, it is possible to take melodrama and turn it into its own art form. Besides, Fassbender is incredibly talented, Weisz is a close second, and Vikander takes good direction. Those bored with the moping will have some excellent cinematography to admire. Here’s the trailer:
Lastly, there’s MORGAN, which could’ve been awesome, but suffers from a crappy script. A team of super-smart scientists (Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cox) genetically engineer a girl whom they name Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), and then proceed to make mind-numbingly stupid decisions when their creation goes awry. In trots our smart risk-management expert (Kate Mara). The problem is, Morgan may be smarter. There are the usual questions posed about meddling with God’s creations, creating artificial life, and such. Yeah…EX-MACHINA was so totally awesome! Here’s hoping the son of famous director Ridley Scott will do better next time. Trailer:
That’s it for me. Complaints? Counter-arguments to my incredibly savvy assessments? Tweet me! And see y’all at the movies!