Sunday, January 27, 2019

The first superman couldn't fly


M. Night Shyamalan's least bad movie in years.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Spoiler alert: highish, I guess, but nothing you'd be unlikely to figure out yourself

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Things shaped like bananas


Either 2018's funniest comedy, one of its most heart-rending coming-of-age stories, or both.

Written and directed by Bo Burnham

Spoiler alert: moderate

Monday, January 21, 2019

Walt Disney, part VII: Won't you be our neighbor?


A reasonably pleasant diversion for a film made at the behest of the U.S. State Department, Saludos Amigos has some pretty low lows, but its usual tack is genial, colorful, and funny, and if you showed it in a classroom today it's at least possible you might not get mobbed on Twitter, which for a Disney film made in 1942 about people other than Europeans is, frankly, a sterling achievement.

1942 (Brazil)/1943 (USA)
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, and Norm Ferguson

Spoiler alert: mild

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Predator Week, part III: Space what now?


Predators presents one big new idea for the franchise, with a lot of littler new ideas that dovetail into it, and most of those ideas range from good to honestly great... and yet, what we get with this film is not really too much better than what we got in 1990, or in 2004 (and if it's better than what we got in 2007, dude, so are several varieties of cancer).

Directed by Nimrod Antal
Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch

Spoiler alert: moderate verging on high

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Robert Zemeckis, part XXI: I like wearing women's shoes, somehow it connects me to the essence of dames


Robert Zemeckis' most interesting effort in eighteen years is also his easiest to dislike and misunderstand, which is why the director's first grab toward real greatness in just as long has become branded his worst film, and has, accordingly, failed miserably.  Thing is, I'd usually blame you, but in this instance, I don't think there's anyone else to blame but Bob himself.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Written by Caroline Thompson and Robert Zemeckis

Spoiler alert: mild

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

And then there were nun


Finally, the Marilyn Manson biopic the world's been waiting for.

Directed by Corin Hardy
Written by Gary Dauberman

Spoiler alert: mild

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Naughty and nice


Shabby in a lot of ways, Pooka! is still leaps and bounds better than the phrase "made-for-streaming Christmas horror film" makes it sound.

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Written by Gerald T. Olson

Spoiler alert: moderate

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Four rooms


Not as bad as some folks say, but not nearly as good as it it ought to have been, Bad Times does enough right (despite doing what seems like even more wrong) that I'm willing to call it "good."  It's got atmosphere, and that'll do.

Written and directed by Drew Goddard

Spoiler alert: mild