Hello there, everyone! Welcome to the new decade. I hope your holidays were relaxing and fun, and that you all have another fantastic ten years! Now let’s get down to it, and check out the fresh crop this weekend at the theaters…
Personally, I’m glad for the director of 1917. He won a Globe for the same, a film about two British soldiers (Dean Charles Chapman, George Mackay) in WW1 who have to go through enemy lines to convey a message that could save 1,600 of their comrades—including a brother of one of them.
It’s a pity this beautifully produced film feels empty, especially since the cinematography is outstanding. The problem lies in the fact that we never really get to know the two protagonists. We have no idea of what their private lives were like before the mission. When an audience has no idea about the internal lives of the protagonists (and antagonists), it does not form any emotional connection with them, and the film consequently loses its impact. Sure you see how scary the situation is, but without knowing how these men feel about it, you feel nothing. Are they scared? Or are they battle-hardened to where they are simply not terrified by such a daunting task? What exactly is going on in their minds? We see none of that. There’s no context. Adding to this error, there’s a fair amount of melodrama, and the director seems to have also made the unfortunate mistake of reducing terrifying moments to mere eye-catching images. You’re seeing all these horrifying things happen, but it’s all shown from a distance, and so you feel nothing—not fear, not terror, nothing. Which is why I’m amazed it won best picture. Which is why I think these awards ceremonies are rigged. Not that I care. Hey I’m not one of the players 😊 Let them scheme on. It all adds to the mystery and intrigue surrounding our grand national den of movie-making that Hollywood is (big hello to the Illuminati). What’s life without intrigue, right?
LIKE A BOSS
Nope! Because it’s just sad seeing such great talent wasted. Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish play partners in a cosmetics company using selling techniques that make women feel bad about themselves. Naturally, they refuse to go that way, and the company winds up in debt. In swoops make-up tycoon Claire Luna (Salma Hayak) who wants their product, and is determined to get full control of the company by turning the pair on each other. Haddish and Byrne try very hard with what they have, but a script can be quite limiting. Check out the trailer:
Not bad for a B-movie! I always thought Kristen Stewart was a good actress despite the flak she got for TWILIGHT, and I’m happy to say I’m right 😊 She’s great here, very dialed-down as the mechanic in this nice underwater (contained, monster) thriller. Six people (played by Stewart, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, Mamoudou Athie, John Gallagher Jr., TJ Miller) are in the underwater rig when it’s hit by… something. All hell breaks loose and water’s rushing in and there are no escape pods available. The cinematography is excellent, and the tension is perfect. The only complaint I have is that many scenes do not have enough light. Which kind of makes sense for an underwater flick, but it’s still annoying at times. Here’s the trailer:
A drama about a marriage coming apart, starring Scarlett Johanssen and Kylo Ren… just kidding. I meant Adam Driver. These two amazing actors play a couple (named Charlie and Nicole) in New York. Charlie is a successful theater director, and Nicole is his wife and also an actor in his productions. Things are seemingly going well, when Nicole takes an offer of starring in a series pilot in Los Angeles, and moves there temporarily with their son (Azhy Robertson). And that’s when she has him served. Alan Alda is great as Charlie’s geriatric lawyer, as is Ray Liotta as the second, harder-hitting lawyer. Laura Dern was absolutely fantastic as Nicole’s (scheming, no-holds-barred) attorney. I was going to watch only five minutes of this movie, but ended up watching it in its entirety—it’s that good. But I did feel the shouting-match scene was dreadfully over acted… was that just me? I hope you’ll let me know!