Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Simple Favor: Movie Review

Slick style and ludicrous plot twists.
A Simple Favor is an entertaining, wild ride of twisting madness. It’s a movie full of contradictory tones, styles and characters none of which should be in the same movie, and yet they all belong in this movie. Director Paul Feig had a very clear vision, something like Gone Girl meets The Stepford Wives and it all worked. It mostly all worked. The maddening heights that the madness reaches can be maddening, but before we get there it’s a funny thriller about interesting people.   2018

Directed by: Paul Feig

Screenplay by: Jessica Sharzer
Based on the novel by Darcey Bell

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively

Friday, September 7, 2018

Juliet, Naked: Movie Review

Smart, mature and very funny comedy-drama.
There is a unique quality to Nick Hornby movie adaptations: most of them are just as good as, if not better than the source material. I’m a huge Nick Hornby fan, and I am constantly delighted by how good the adaptations turn out to be. Juliet, Naked is no different, with a really well written screenplay which taps into the comedic, musically-inclined pathos that Hornby is famous for.   2018

Directed by: Jesse Peretz

Screenplay by: Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor,
and Tamara Jenkins.
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby.

Starring: Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke