Fast Color is a beautiful, moving, and aspirational story of heroism and resilience. It rejects the standard garishness of the superhero genre in favor of something grittier and more cerebral. Like Freaks, it dares to be different, taking on an original story that grounds this high-flying genre, subverts its expectations, yet thrills us all the same. Simply put, Fast Color is extraordinary and not to be missed.
The story of Wild Nights with Emily is eye-opening and will dare audiences to reconsider their conception one of America’s greatest poets. Olnek imagines these women not as stiff figures of propriety and female frustration, but as real women, with thirst, humor, and complexity. And she gives us all this in the swaddling of a delightful comedy, breezy yet barbed. So this biopic doesn’t feel like a stern history lesson or a dogged sermon. Like the remarkable poet at its center, Wild Nights with Emily is playful, clever, and alive.
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This movie is positively insane. It’s insane that Serkis decided what The Jungle Book needed was grit, trauma, and slatherings of blood. It’s insane that Serkis was allowed to make such a gory children’s movie. It’s insane that it’s rated PG-13. And it’s insane that as bonkers as this is, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is remarkably boring.
I am in awe of Us. Peele continues to push the boundaries of the horror genre, while displaying a deep love of its forms. He’s a showman and madman, bringing together savage spectacle and blistering satire with ferocious fervor. And instead of the much-feared sophomore slump, he delivers a second effort that gives us plenty to fear, marvel, and ponder.