Saturday, January 8, 2022

Mainstream: Movie Review

Loneliness and unrequited love.
Mainstream has ended up on the wrong side with critics and audiences. Everybody says they understand its message and then comes up with a different message than the person before them. Obviously a movie has missed the mark if nobody can agree on what its saying just that it did so badly. I’m not going to argue that my interpretation is correct, but it does ring true throughout the movie for me.   2021

Directed by: Gia Coppola

Screenplay by: Tom Stuart, Gia Coppola

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke

Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Power of the Dog: Movie Review

The shifting of power and evil.
A 1920s Montana-set western, The Power of the Dog starts with the focus on two rancher brothers, George (Jesse Plemons) and Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch), who couldn't be more different. George is the quiet soft-spoken one and Phil is the mean one calling George fat and stupid and insults everyone in his path. The next people in his path are mother and son, Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee).   2021

Directed by: Jane Campion

Screenplay by: Jane Campion
Based on the novel by Thomas Savage

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Together Together: Movie Review

A simple but hilarious examination of a relationship.
Stripped of all extraneous immateriality, Together Together gets down to the bare necessities ripe for humour. Matt (Ed Helms) is a man in his 40s and has decided he wants a baby and is interviewing surrogates. He has his questions organized and is surprised when Anna (Patti Harrison) responds with bluntness and her own questions. She's just doing it for the money but it's the honesty that brings them together.   2021

Directed by: Nikole Beckwith

Screenplay by: Nikole Beckwith

Starring: Ed Helms, Patti Harrison