The Black Phone, directed with energy and gusto by Scott Derrickson, is the pleasant surprise I hoped for after watching Elvis. This is a scary and tense flick I would recommend to anyone, no matter their opinions of the horror genre. Ethan Hawke portrays one of the scariest modern villains in recent movie history. While he’s known for playing more tragic and heroic characters, with this and the Marvel series Moon Knight, he is proving himself to be a great villain.
Elvis, directed with constant flare for glorious production quality by Baz Luhrmann, derides itself of any credible merit except for the two finest aspects of the film: Austin Butler’s astounding performance as the king himself and the tremendously fine production design and costumes. Butler owns every scene he sets foot in. I firmly believe he will earn his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He deserves it, and hopefully (if there isn’t a better performance this year) he will walk…