Moana (2016)

brooke Moana. How do I even begin to describe Moana? This movie moved me deeply in ways that I may eventually dive into on our other blog, but suffice it to say this movie made me cry. Multiple times. I loved Moana. Loved. It’s Disney at it’s best: the music is fun, the story is original, and the hero is worth cheering for.

casey Counterpoint: Moana is…good. Okay, I’m not completely in the tank for it, but I liked it!

brooke It’s all the things that make Disney movies great in a way that doesn’t feel exactly like every other princess movie in existence.

casey Damn Right. Step aside, Cinderella. Read More

Cameraperson (2016)

casey This is the least funny outtakes reel I have ever seen.

brooke HA. That’s actually a pretty decent review right there. We’re done. Let’s post this sucker and go home now.
Or maybe instead we could talk about the human story that slowly comes into view as you watch it. Read More

Arrival (2016)

casey Arrival is the kind of movie destined to elicit longform essays and tedious political comparisons, but I’ll just say this: it’s some damned fine science fiction.

brooke It really is… and not only that, it’s sci-fi based around the science of linguistics! … No, wait, reader, come back! Being a big language nerd myself, I’m biased in favor of this film from the get-go, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Read More

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

casey Remember when movies were just movies? When everything wasn’t a shared universe that tied to everything else? I’m not that old and I know that world once existed. You made a good movie, five years later you rounded up whoever you could from the original cast and you crapped out a sequel. Occasionally the sequel was better, but mostly you were lucky if it was passable. Done and done. But here we are, in the age of the Eternal Franchise, where soon every movie will be part of the same shared Fictionverse, everything a continuation of everything else, nothing being resolved, and the entirety of pop culture devouring its own tail in a never ending cycle of reboots and universe building. Oh man, I think I’m getting old.

brooke I feel this quote from 10 Things I Hate About You is an appropriate description: “I know you can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be, like, whelmed?”

casey So…do we have to watch five more of these, or what? Read More

Sully (2016)

brooke Leave it to Tom Hanks, amirite?

casey He is our stoic everyman, avatar of our struggles with the burdens of modernity. Strong, composed, and appropriately vulnerable. He is…all of us. Or at least he’s a good actor.

brooke Well, he’s definitely the latter.

casey I’ve enjoyed his recent efforts, including the stately thriller Bridge of Spies and the less stately, but more thrilling thriller, Captain Phillips. Read More

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

casey This one was charming as hell.

brooke It’s so incredibly entertaining. I can’t even handle how fun this was.

casey It’s also weird, in the way it morphs from a low-key coming of age story into a odd couple comedy, and then goes for complete screwball insanity at the end, almost something Edgar Wright would’ve made. Read More