3Q 2019 Twitter Film Reviews

Blog is back in action with my quarterly clip show!

#FugitivePieces is an oddly compelling story, despite a smoke and mirrors narrative that generates its energy from constant time shifts. Dillane delivers his trademark subtle-yet-powerful performance, proving he should be a bigger star than he is. Wonderful scenery. 3/5*

#AdAstra Pitt is fantastic in this downbeat, slow-burn thinker of a film. The cinematography, which is HEAVILY inspired by 2001, is stunning and the star of the show in its own right. The story, while pretty good, could have used more polish; some connections were missed. 3/5*

#TheFarewell is complicated, subtle and overall well done, but am I the only one who felt like something critical was missing somewhere but can’t figure out what? The writing was stellar; seldom have I seen such a deft hand with family dynamics. 3.5/5*

#AngelHasFallen is a surprisingly solid and effective b-level action film. Some nice twists and turns, and a show-stealing performance from Nick Nolte, who needed a larger role and a better arc. You know exactly what it is from the trailers, but it’s still a good flick. 2.5/5*

#OfficialSecrets An amazing story, and an equally impressive performance from Knightly. Slow burn cerebral political thriller which takes its time rolling out its themes and story but the result is stunning…and quite scary when you think about it. Terrific supporting cast. 4/5*

#GoodBoysMovie The gimmick wears thin quickly, but the story gets better as it progresses. Some parts are hilarious, some fall flat and some are just plain bad. Ending was surprisingly thoughtful. 2/5*

#HobbsAndShaw Exactly what you think it is: Loud. Ridiculous…and a whole lot of fun. Johnson & Statham are terrific together. Stretches reality farther than any F&F film to date and it’s so self-aware that Deadpool may as well show up(!) but I enjoyed the hell out of it. 3.5/5*

#BlindedByTheLight may be a familiar story, but it’s done so well and with such flair and earnestness that it’s impossible to resist (and to not develop a new appreciation for The Boss at the same time). Great performances, confident, go-for-broke direction and storytelling. 4/5*

#TheArtOfRacingInTheRain is exactly what you think it is. It’s hugely manipulative, overly sentimental and often forced, but you’d have to be made of stone to not be devastated by the story. It got to me, it’ll get to you, it’s worth the price of admission. 3/5*

#OnceUponATimeHollywood An unrestrained yet sentimental Tarantino special; literally no one but him could’ve made this film. An unconventional structure to be sure, but it all works and it all adds up to one hell of an ending. Wonderful performances across the board. 3.5/5*

#SpidermanintotheSpiderVerse Though I enjoy the MCU version, this feels much closer to the roots of the series and character. What a cool spin on the traditional “lone superhero” tale. The story moves well, though I’d have like to have seen the other Spideys do a bit more. 3.5/5*

#IThinkWereAloneNow is a strange and somewhat absorbing film. Dinklage is near perfect, as is Fanning. I enjoyed the aesthetics, though question some of the photography choices. The music is way overdone. That plot twist in the 3rd act – interesting, but way underbaked. 2/5*

#SpiderManFarFromHome is an improvement over Homecoming and a light-hearted change from the dark (and awesome) Endgame. First act is overlong and there’s too much repetition at times, but Holland is great in the role and it sets the stage for the next incarnation of the MCU. 3/5*

#TheLastBlackManInSanFrancisco is a wonderful meditation on a great many social issues, focused on gentrification and how we handle change in our lives. Though far too long, it’s a compelling tale with great performances and stacked with beautiful imagery & a haunting score. 4/5*

#TheDeadDontDie I’m not sure what in the hell I just watched, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. Could stand to lose a few characters and tighten the run time, but a good time with an amazing cast. 3/5*