Not enough s sexual tension with the priest
The Lawnmower Man 1992
I did not understand when I popped in the LaserDisc, that the two disc copy I thrifted was indeed the extended director's cut, which clocks in at nearly 2.5 hours. Only noting the time when I flipped the first disc, I realized I did not set aside enough time for this journey. I popped in the New Line Cinema DVD (which I had also thrifted) and watched the last hour at 1.5x speed. Honestly, I feel this is the superior method to watch The Lawnmower Man.
Beau Is Afraid 2023
Phenomenal! An achievement in anxiety. Paraphrasing from the amazing narrated section in the middle: "You will experience amazing highs and profound lows." Beau is Afraid certainly hits those marks. The parts of the story that feel the most safe and loving are tainted by an inescapable sense of danger that perfectly captures chronic fear. The madman tendency of Ari Aster here to keep escalating each scene to beyond fever pitch is astounding. The pacing and structure make the runtime well earned.
Surprisingly a lot of fun, there's just such a great charm to most Charles Band projects. The puppets are great in a silly way, the reveal of the reborn elf baby with the mustache had me rolling on the floor. When all the trolls start singing too, gosh that's some campy fun.
All the acting is pretty bad in an expected way (sorry Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but wow I do not get what the actor for the dad was going for. The child actor for the girl possessed by a troll made me feel supremely uncomfortable, but I think that is what they were going for.