Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Polka King: Movie Review

Bizarre, entertaining, half-baked.

The true story behind The Polka King is disturbing; the movie is a comedy. While those two facts can be successfully juxtaposed, it often results in an unsettling feeling, that something is missing. The comedy isn’t as funny as it could be, the tragedy isn’t as revolting as it could be. The result is a good, but half-baked tragi-comedy, light on everything but the polka music. 2017

Directed by: Maya Forbes

Screenplay by: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky

Starring: Jack Black, Jenny Slate

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Flower: Movie Review

Strangely sweet and heartwarmingly funny.
A dark romantic comedy where you never know if sane and normal happiness is just around the corner, or if eternal depravity is closer than you think. Life, as Flower contends, is always a mix of the two. This is writer-director Max Winkler’s second feature; his first, Ceremony, looked more like a traditional romantic comedy but with an acerbic bite as we followed tragic characters around. Sophomore effort Flower looks nothing like a traditional romantic comedy, presenting a more caustic bite and deeply flawed characters heading straight towards a tragedy. 2017

Directed by: Max Winkler

Screenplay by: Alex McAulay, Matt Spicer, Max Winkler

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Joey Morgan, and Kathryn Hahn

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Game Night: Movie Review


Exteme action and some laughs.
These big-styled action comedies have a really tough line to straddle where the difference between larger-than-life fun and over-the-top ridiculousness can be really thin and many just fall off on the wrong side. The most notable recent success is The Horrible Bosses where even when reality is thrown out the window, the audience is willing to go along with it. Game Night is always slipping off the edge – each new action sequence is larger than it should be, but it never completely falls off. 2018

Directed by: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Screenplay by: Mark Perez

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams