Two sisters compete for the affections of a man who may be a vampire.
Two sisters compete for the affections of a man who may be a vampire.
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.
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…
It’s an understatement to say seminal hip-hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan, set a standard for all of shows that will come follow at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN after their show on Sunday night.
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Rap groups come and go. Many have an expiration date, I mean just look at most of the groups from the last 90s and 2000s. Record companies chewed them up and spit them out, but hey, it could have also meant they just weren’t very good either.
But as the old adage goes, “Wu-Tang is Forever,” even if it shows how FRACTURED they are after you watch Showtime’s “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men.”
The four-part series peers behind the curtain during their making of THE SEMINAL hip-hop record of the 90s “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” shows how they beat the music system by signing a lucrative record deal for each member, but also shows the dark side of management and how the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard essentially imploded the group.
It’s a personal look, and plays like an intervention as the group gathers to watch old footage and wax lyrical on their struggles with each other and how the business has changed during their nearly 30 year run.
On this Simplistic Interview, we sit down with Heather Buckley, producer of the 2018 horror film “The Ranger.”
From days writing at Fangoria Magazine to pitching films at Cannes and South by Southwest, Matt and Heather discuss what it was that got her into horror, how inclusion is shaping the horror genre, and essentially how she is an encyclopedia of genre knowledge. Oh, and of course punk rock!
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And of course check out “The Ranger!”
Streaming on Shudder, Amazon Prime, and anywhere else where you can find great horror flicks.
There’s nothing like a slow BURN. Just enough time to get some fire in your belly while you wait for everything to really start popping off. That’s the delicious BURN I got from Octavia Spencer and “Ma” this weekend.
First thing’s first, I’m always a fan of actors or actresses that have won big awards, namely Oscars, and continue to work in the genre field. Spencer looks like she is having the time of her life playing the Veterinarian-turned-psychopath, but there is some meat to this story that cribs ideas from flicks like “Carrie” “The People Under the Stairs” and maybe even “Fatal Attraction.”
“Ma” BURNS the house down in it’s final 20 or so minutes and creates a memorable new heavy that rivals the likes of Alex Forrest and Anne Wilkes.
Man…so people are pissed! Apparently no one saw “Booksmart” over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The unofficial kickoff to the Summer movie season! People instead saw a live action Disney remake, the story of an unstoppable assassin and they even saw superheroes punch super-villains in the face instead of a film about white people with white problems…what a shock.
Look, I know people are already taking SIDES on “Booksmart.” Excuses included;
It’s Annapurna’s fault for putting it out wide during the holiday. The audience is stupid and doesn’t appreciate indie comedies. People aren’t ready for female and/or queer leads in their coming-of-age comedies. The list goes on and on…
Honestly, “Booksmart” is fun. I laughed out loud a couple of times. But it’s also a derivative story that I’ve seen before.
Yes, having extensive LGBTQ representation is great, but it’s almost window dressing for the main story; friends at the end of their high school friendship. And the problem for so long is still using the LGBTQ community as the side gig to the problems of the straight community. Amy (played by Kaitlyn Dever) shows the struggle and anxiety of being gay, but it just seems to be…I don’t know…selling it short. But what do I know, I’m a straight, married, white male.
I digress, I liked “Booksmart” butI also like “Superbad.” I guess that shows where I’m at.
I see what David Robert Mitchell was doing here.
Hmm, or maybe I don’t…regardless.
So you have this KOOKY film, “Under the Silver Lake,” where you have Andrew Garfield doing his best impression of Jeff Daniels’ The Dude, while he tries to figure out a conspiracy theory that would make Brian De Palma, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch blush.
On the surface, I really dig this flick. It’s so…..KOOKY. It really has no purpose, it’s mainly a series of vignettes that’s held together by an insane premise, but it works if you stick with it.
We started this new year off with a film from 90’s action star and serial eater, Steven Seagal’s Hard to Kill! We continue the Seagal Saga with Fire Down Below, you know the EPA action film…no not that one…the other one…yeah there is another EPA action film.