Oh God when will it get warmer? Will it ever? Even if spring must bring with it bugs and (yuck) dear, sweet children playing in the streets! A pity there are rules against kids playing on the freeway… just kidding. I wasn’t hatched out of a pod fully grown. And I’m sure there were adults back then who wanted me banished from Earth. Now how about we see what’s new in theaters?
A QUIET PLACE
Jim (John Krasinski) from THE OFFICE has done quite well for himself, as you’ll see in his latest effort as director of this slick horror flick. He also stars, along with wifey (Emily Blunt) in this story about a picture-perfect family trying to survive a unique kind of horror. Whatever’s chasing them is attracted to sound, so… I won’t spoil it for you. There are some plot holes, but if you could bring yourself to ignore them, it’s a very nice flick, even if predictable. Blunt is an excellent actress. Krasinski seems to be an even better director than actor. Bravo, Jim!
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
I’ve been touting this film for months and with good reason (yeah, I know, I’m awesome… but only because you give me the power 🙂 ). Trust me, you won’t know ninety minutes passed while you watched this. Sure, you could give into peer pressure and go for the true-and-tried (John Krasinski flick), but if your intention is to be transported to someone else’s world, you really should see Joaquin Phoenix instead. He’s a far, far better actor than Krasinski will ever be (sorry, Jim). Combined with brilliant direction (Lynne Ramsey), a razor-sharp script, compelling sound and awesome cinematography, this one’s a winner any way you look at it.
Phoenix stars as Joe, a veteran with PTSD. To support himself and his mom, he has a job as a hitman. Just as his PTSD catches up to him, making suicide a mighty attractive option, he gets an assignment to find Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), the daughter of a senator. Kidnapped and at the mercy of rich pedophiles, the nine-year-old is being held in a Manhattan brownstone from which Joe must retrieve her.
The flick avoids the usual traps found in this genre, which is remarkable. In fact I cannot find any fault with it: the cinematography takes you right inside the mind of someone with PTSD; the score (Radiohead, Johnny Greenwood) enhances the story beautifully; and the direction is flawless. IMHO Phoenix’s performance is the real jewel here. And the fact that he’s hot certainly doesn’t hurt 🙂 The international trailer featured a great techno track. Here’s Amazon’s:
Those fond of politics may be interested in this drama focusing on the 1969 car crash involving Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke), which resulted in the death of young, attractive staffer Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara). Facts tell us Kennedy was married, Kopechne quite young and unmarried, and they’d left a party to go for a drive. Following the crash into the water, Kennedy tried and failed to pull Kopechne out. Later attempts with his cousin Joe Gargan (Ed Helms/ Andy from The Office) and friend Paul Markham (Jim Gaffigan/ awesome comedian) also failed. And for ten hours, Kennedy failed to report the incident.
It’s admirable the filmmakers have tried to highlight the ethical intricacies involved, rather than merely dramatize the incident. It challenges our long-held shiny perception of a family we consider our royalty. Sadly, that’s also what makes the flick somewhat dull. Still, the part of the movie showing the way the seriousness of the incident is glossed over is riveting. The family subsequently rallying to convert the death into a PR op may disgust you. Also starring Michael Shannon, Bruce Dern, and Joel Edgerton, this movie could be worth it, if politics is your cuppa – the acting is certainly top-notch. Here’s the trailer:
I know that despite all my nudges for you to see something of real value, you’re gonna choose this one, just because it’s simple and full of laughs. Well… *sigh*… fine, I guess! Although, all things considered, it’s not as crappy as sex comedies usually are. The story is about three girls (Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon) who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. In a panic, their parents (Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz) try to stop it. The cool thing is this flick doesn’t have as much to do with sex as much as with giving up control: parents must come to terms with the fact that children eventually move on from them. It’s also nice to see teenage girls portrayed as intelligent, and a script that acknowledges the same answers don’t apply to everyone. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me! Let me know what you think… of anything at all at the theaters! See ya!