Month: July 2019

July 28, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood

 

As you get older you come to TERMS with many things. One, getting older; Two, time is running out to leave a mark on the world; and maybe even three is the fact that people are simply waiting in the wings to call you out for being a hack or completely undeserving of your success.

For all intents and purposes, I’m talking about Quentin Tarantino’s newest film, “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood,” and while I might have more quibbles with this film more than his pervious eight (or nine if you include the damn near perfect “Death Proof”) “Hollywood” is a film about a Hollywood in which Tarantino fell in love with in a time where America was, perhaps, as fractured as it is right now.

As in many of QT’s later films, starting with “Inglourious Basterds,” he subverts expectations and creates a world he wants to live in on his own TERMS.

Top to bottom, the performances are great but the pacing drags in parts. We get some fresh foot shots that have been missing from his last couple of films, and you have to love that QT still loves him some feet.

Ultimately, where does this film fall in the Tarantino filmography. We critics love this, we live for these moments where we can tell YOU how good this film is! Sure, lists are super fun, and while I personally put this in my lower 3rd of his filmography, the fact remains that even with his being what I might think one of his “weakest” entires, it’s still better than 98% of films being released on a weekly basis.

July 23, 2019

A Simplistic Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

I’ve certainly been sitting on this review for a while, but after a fair amount of thought, it was time to say what I think about “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” After the grandeur of “Endgame” the end of MCU’s Phase Three just feels SMALL.

This is of course a film that takes places over four different countries, has dazzling “special effects,” another great villain that ties perfectly into the MCU, but there is still something about it that pales in comparison, and perhaps that’s unfair, but its where we are right now as we enter a new Phase of Marvel films; I’m saying that a Spider-Man film looks SMALL.

This is why people say we can’t have nice things… 

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