casey Time for something new: Thanks to a local independent theater, we sat watched all of the 2017 Oscar nominated animated shorts, and now we’re gonna talk about ’em. Read More
brooke I wanted to like 20th Century Women more.
casey It’s filled with nice character moments and intriguing interactions, but it somehow adds up to much less than the sum of its parts. Read More
casey Wow, where do you even start? I didn’t know what I was expecting from Logan, but it wasn’t a powerful meditation on mortality, fatherhood, and cultural alienation. By setting aside the cartoonish violence of previous Wolverine movies and the comic book tropes of the X-Men titles in favor of a contemplative character study, Logan manages to transcend both the superhero genre and, in a sense, the very medium of film.
brooke The first trailer for Logan had me thinking, it’s about damn time we had a pleasant indie-inspired stroll through the life and times of old man Wolverine.
Unfortunately, this isn’t that.
casey In reality, Logan isn’t any of what I said. And it’s not exactly the best at what it does, either. Read More
brooke There are precious few horror films that I’ve gotten excited about, and fewer I’ll watch more than once, but I think I’m going to add Get Out to my rotation.
casey It’s my favorite not-exactly-horror movie since Cabin in the Woods, for a lot of the same reasons.
brooke And it’s gaining praise from a lot of people, so let’s heap on some more! Read More
brooke na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na LEGO BATMAN
casey We saw The LEGO Movie on a whim back in 2014, just before it became a minor phenomenon, and it made me feel the rare joy of seeing something completely new and hilarious. Now comes The LEGO Batman Movie, which, in terms of its capacity to delight, never stood a chance of matching its predecessor, but is still pretty good. Read More
casey What if they threw a war and nobody came?
I have no idea, but Hacksaw Ridge answers the question “What if they threw a war and everybody came, except one guy who didn’t bring a gun and is also an incontrovertible badass?”
brooke I want to admit here and now that I wanted to dislike this movie because Mel Gibson is kind of a terrible human being, but dammit I really liked it.
And Andrew Garfield, I take back everything bad I thought about you in Silence.
Oh, and also Vince Vaughn is there, which I found entertaining because it made me think of Dodgeball. Read More
brooke A part of me wants to skip this review and say that anyone reading should stop what they’re doing and go watch I Am Not Your Negro, but I’m excited to talk about it. But also, stop what you’re doing and go watch it.
casey I think James Baldwin tends to be an overlooked figure in the history of American civil rights. I wasn’t aware of him until a few years ago, and am not as familiar with his writing as I’d like to be. But I think we’re living in a moment when consciousness about race and racism is higher than it’s ever been in my life, which makes it a perfect time to become (re)acquainted with Baldwin. Fortunately, I Am Not Your Negro is an amazing vessel for that. Read More
brooke Sometimes I can’t decide whether I like Natalie Portman or not.
You’ve got V for Vendetta, in which she does an incredible job
Then there are the Star Wars prequels where she could have been replaced by a cardboard cutout.
I thought her performance in Jackie kind of ran the gamut. Read More
brooke Dang. This documentary is powerful and made me feel heavy.
casey I have an operating hypothesis, which is that America is essentially depraved and bad, and 13th didn’t do much to disabuse me of that notion. But Ava DuVernay is a good enough filmmaker that her documentary on mass incarceration in America is a real gut punch even if, sadly, not much of it came as a surprise.
brooke gut kick, more like… Read More
Before this movie review blog was born, we occasionally wrote about movies over on our other blog, Expert Textperts. This is one of those posts and it’s about 2013 Best Picture nominee and Best Foreign Language Film winner, Amour. Although not on his Great Movies list, Ebert awarded the film 4/4 stars.
Happy Valentine’s Day?
casey Amour, for those who haven’t seen it, is a film about an elderly French couple, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva). Anne suffers from a stroke early in the film, and the rest is about them coping with her impending death.
brooke What struck me most was the simplicity of the entire film. No pretense, no push for drama or excitement. It’s a simple, down-to-earth look at a couple trying desperately to cope with the difficulties presented them near the end of a long, happy life together. Read More