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It Comes At Night
28 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I'm very picky about my horror. Mainly because it's very hard to scare me, and so if a film can't scare me, I have to ask myself: what more does it have to offer?
In the case of It Comes At Night, quite a bit.
I don't normally do this, but I'm going to describe the attitude of my fellow audience members after the film ended: not happy. "I'm gonna go get muh money back," said one gentleman. The reason why the general audience response is so different from the critical response, I think, is because we have come to expect blood, gore, and monsters out of our horror films. This isn't that kind of movie, and if you go in expecting that, you'll be surely disappointed.
What this film is instead is one of the best acted, well-paced, and deeply disturbing movies I have seen in a long time. It takes its time illustrating its world, and it has a score and cinematography to match the subtle, slow burn nature of the story itself. The fear and tension comes from what we don't see rather than what we do, as limited perspectives and unexplained histories mean that we are just as much in the dark as the main characters. And by the film's end, we still haven't exactly gotten the full picture. But that isn't this movie's point; it is character driven more than anything else, and the questions it leaves unanswered are very intentional.
This is not a film that deals with the supernatural; at least, not obviously so. Instead, it examines people and what extremes they will go to for survival. It will linger with you well after it's over. It's grim. It's disturbing. It's profound. But it's not Saw. You have to use your brain watching this one. If that's not what you like from your horror, then skip it.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
36 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After what seemed like an unending string of horrible films out of the DC Cinematic Universe finally comes a film that isn't horrible. Already, that makes Wonder Woman more worth watching than any superhero film out of Warner Bros. since The Dark Knight. But how is it as a movie on its own terms? Well, it's a mixed bag, but mostly positive.

Starting with the ups: the story. The character finally isn't a joke anymore. She has a backstory and motivation that inform her actions fairly consistently throughout the journey. Never once to we scratch our heads and... wonder... why Diana does what she does and says what she says. She is perfect-- and not just in her outward appearance, but also in her sense of goodness and compassion for humanity. This causes her to be naive, and in a way that is her weakness-- she doubts that humanity can be innately evil in any respect, and therefore denies her own potential as a force for destruction, herself. It gives weight to her actions, as she doesn't *want* to destroy. And that means that we have a far more human superhero film than Zack Snyder could have ever dreamt up on his own (he shares story credit duties with two additional writers on this one, and it shows).

The mixed bag element to the film would have to be due to how genuinely uneven it is throughout in terms of acting, pacing, and even the way the depictions of action and violence are handled. On the one hand, when Gal Gadot and Chris Pine share the screen, it's magic; on the other, when Gadot is left to carry the full weight of the scenes on her own, her acting chops are all over the place. Sometimes she's with it, and other times you can just *feel* the fingers on the chalkboard. Another thing that struck me as odd is the stark contrast between the typical goofy CGI we've come to expect from popcorn flicks and the incredibly real and gruesome war violence, which sometimes co-exist within the same scenes! I'm not kidding-- there was so much blood and gore in this, I wondered how it didn't get an R rating. People lose limbs, bombs go off, bandages soak through, and people take their last breaths. Yet amidst all of that, Diana runs, jumps, flips, and deflects bullets in ridiculous-looking slow motion all while not getting a scratch on her. Truly bizarre. It's like on the sfx front this movie didn't really know what it wanted to be: full-blown comic book flick, or a war film with fantasy elements.

But by and large, this film is excellent by the standards of its genre. It has a cheesier beginning than where it ends up, and by its close, it has made you feel the real stakes of what war and destruction can bring. Which has frankly been needed for a long time, now. They even got me teary eyed for a second, there.

Don't expect Paul Thomas Anderson, or anything, but Wonder Woman still delivers in unexpected ways. And boy, do those Germans speak good English! Sometimes they don't even keep their accents!

Would You Rather
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It's predictable every step of the way, and not nearly as profound as it thinks it is, and yet I couldn't help but be impressed by the boldness of "Would You Rather" as it refused to shy away from the violence and the sick thrills every step of the way. The ending goes a little too long, and there aren't a whole lot of surprises, but the premise is interesting and the performances are spectacular. Give it a watch if you are looking for a scary night in one of these rainy days and don't need your mind blown.

Everything, Everything
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This film surprised me. I was expecting a completely unoriginal, cheesy teenage love story that would try and fail to tug at my heartstrings while barely passing for a competent movie. What I got instead was a gripping tale of independence, deceit, love, and perseverance. The score is whimsical, the acting is frankly superb, the cinematography is fresh, and the story itself is compelling.

Will it win any Oscars? No. Should it? Probably not. But to wave this away as nothing more than a forgettable, cookie-cutter kids flick is to greatly short sell the film and the message it aims to convey: question authority, follow your passions, never give up, and above all, recognize that love is a complex beast of an emotion that comes in many forms and, as the film's coruscating star herself opines, makes people crazy.

A hidden gem of the year, for sure.