I like movies, film, motion pictures, and the cinema.
All films listed here were seen in a movie theater (except two; guess which ones).
After his wife leaves him, David (Colin Farrell) moves into a singles’ resort to find a girlfriend in 45 days or else be surgically turned into the animal of his choosing (he picks a lobster, natch). The absurdist dystopian romantic comedy “The Lobster” is like a Wes Anderson movie if Wes Anderson was European and had a much more misanthropic and bloodier sense of humor — there’s an impressively high-profile cast (Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw,…
There’s a fine line between skillfully deployed meta humor and being too obnoxiously self-aware and smirky. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” skates right up to that line without crossing it. There are even a few grammar and vocabulary jokes, so of course I can’t recommend it enough. And hey, it’s a Christmas movie, too!
I had high hopes for “Everything Everywhere at Once,” and the first hour or so is great, but GOD IN HEAVEN this movie is Way. Too. Long. Perhaps if they hadn’t used so much gratuitous slo-mo they could have shaved 15-20 minutes off of the bloated runtime. You will not see a more ridiculously overrated movie this year (maybe this decade). Somewhere out there is an alternate universe in which “Everything Everywhere All at Once” clocks in around 110 minutes. Try to see that one.
Jo (Brooke Adams) returns home to Rhode Island, inadvertently picking at old wounds. She then gets involved with the family next door and helps inflict new ones. Adams plays the protagonist but Trish Van Devere gives a startling performance as Donna, a mentally ill woman not so much on the verge of a nervous breakdown but in the middle of a psychotic episode. Its title makes “Vengeance Is Mine” sound like an action/revenge thriller, and while it does contain an honest-to-god jump scare (even with a warning you’ll never see it coming), the thrills come from all the emotional havoc on display and under the surface.