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This was a fun kids movie, released perfectly in October near Halloween, as a non-scary movie about werewolves. The tale has an incredible subtext on very serious themes including racism, poverty and growing up, but deals with them in a very kid-friendly way. The animation is spectacular in a believable but cartoon style that again helps distance from the difficult reality the characters find themselves in. The ending casts very quiet but difficult questions about the future for these characters which is very in theme with life and current events and is probably there just for the parents. (I can't imagine a sequel that isn't a little contrived to solve these problems.) Well worth the watching.
The Empty Man (2020) B+
(Vague hints at spoilers)
Walking in late, the opening was so different from the 15 seconds of trailer I saw, that I wasn't sure I was in the right movie at first. That is a really good way to start a horror. The confusion this movie levies at you is extreme. With each explanation, they hand you another mystery.
By the end, you can not tell what is real and what is illusion. Usually this is my pet peeve for horror, but they explained it well and used it as a warning that the final event was approaching. By the end, you could see it was a logical and well thought out story, unlike the hot steaming mess that is Tennet.
I have two complaints. I went in to see a Freddy Krueger/Candy Man style horror and got something much more twisted instead. And I feel the main character lacked agency - that is my chief complaint. He never reached a point where it felt like he was even trying to avoid the ending that occurred. The reason this occurred is really quite clever but a clever mistake is still a mistake. Overall, well worth the watching for horror fans.
A cinematic masterpiece. Olivier Megaton has crafted a pinnacle of artistic expression that even as merely a direct-to-streaming product, manages to outperform all of this spring's cinematic blockbusters. That is an impressive feat but it does not stop there. Karl Gajdusek's script is dramaturgical gold, right up there with the best in the hallowed halls of darkened seats and quiet popcorn munching. Anna Brewster, Édgar Ramírez and Michael Pitt star in this action overflowing twenty seven star showing, putting on fugacious brilliance which can literally be called superior to the sum of all the acting you can witness on the big screen without an umbrella or a driver's license.
It's a lockdown action movie. Laugh. Be thankful it isn't the 1920's Spanish flu when home entertainment consisted of books and black and white radio.