"Singleton, who hadn't even written POETIC JUSTICE when he met Janet Jackson, paints a very well-rounded portrait of characters struggling to escape the fate that their friends and family suffer because of being black in South-Central LA. Jackson and Shakur, who have an electric chemistry every time they're on the screen together, lend the film the emotional heft it so desperately needs. The standout though, is Regina King's compelling performance as Iesha. In Iesha's case, she's a dangerous drunk who…
"You can even look to Ron Howard's 2000 retooling to find some semblance of inspiration. With this iteration designed and produced by the team behind the DESPICABLE ME franchise, the grumpy Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) is rendered an empty vessel that only cute affectations attempt to fill. The limp attempt at updating a classic tale ends up stripping the story of all its Seuss-ness."
From my review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of THE GRINCH for Edge Media Network. Read the rest here.
"If you end up seeing this, pay attention to the disparity between that amusement park and the drab apartment building the story fills the final act with. The Safdies are the rare example that use 2:35 widescreen for all its worth, filling the frame not necessarily with things serving the story at the moment but things serving their off-kilter sense of reality."
The rest of my GOOD TIME review for Substream Magazine can be found here.