When we’re kids, we hang at our friends’ houses. When we’re teenagers and young adults, we date. When you end up married, be-kidded, mortgaged, and shackled to a cubicle all day, you live for game nights. Humans need to play. It’s part of who we are. Game Night takes suburban warfare via board games, which happens in homes everywhere on a regular basis, and gives it a brilliant, absurd kick into the stratosphere. The result is one of the best comedies in recent memory, not just for its constantly hysterical script, but for the ingenuity and deftness of the plot in which its mayhem takes place. Continue reading Movie Review: Game Night (2018) *Best Comedy in YEARS*
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.
Game Night is scheduled for a March 2, 2018, release date.
After Kathryn Bigelow gets Detroit out this week, following The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, the woman really needs to mellow out and make a movie about animated ducks or something. She is possibly the most INTENSE director about unflinchingly taking on controversial, contemporary issues working today, and my first sentence was flippant, because we need someone doing that. Hollywood doesn’t really finance many message pictures anymore, any issue pictures, and that’s what Bigelow brings to the table.
Zero Dark Thirty is a controversial movie for a lot of reasons, not the least of which the graphic torture depicted (which happened), but also because it was made so soon after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The “War of Terror” is so frustrating because it isn’t traditional warfare. Our enemies don’t wear uniforms, adhere to a country, or even a single doctrine. It’s more a war against a sick madness and how do you fight that? The hunt for bin Laden was so important to Americans because he was the face. He was the uniform, the symbol, the figurehead. There are a lot of powerful scenes in the film but I like this meeting at the beginning with Mark Strong (tremendously underrated actor) painting the picture of frustration of the American people that this man had eluded the largest manhunt in history for a decade and sets the stage for everything to come.
This Friday, King Kong will return to movie theaters for the first time since Peter Jackson’s bloated misfire. Coming off The Lord of the Rings, Jackson could have done whatever he wanted with a blank check, and he blew it on a 3-hour plus retelling of cinema’s most famous ape. It honestly was a case of someone who loves the material, loving it to death. We don’t even get on the boat to Skull Island until over an hour into the picture, and every crew member is not as interesting as the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, but they sure got the screen time. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: King Kong (2005) “Kong vs. T-Rexes”
Most films I go see in the theater, I go because I have some interest in them. Around this time of year, I try to go to see most of the award front runners primarily because of this blog (get ready to shoulder some blame), and that’s why I found myself sitting through 147 of the pointless, rambling misery that is Manchester by the Sea rather than standing in the sold out line for Rogue One for the third time. I don’t want to mince words, because I honestly cannot spend more than a few minutes more dwelling on this pointless wreck. Manchester is boring, uncomfortable, awkward, unsympathetic, weirdly directed, poorly scored, and all-around the worst film I paid to see in a theater in the last three years. Continue reading Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea (2016) *Somebody Please Drown Me*