In an opportune twist of fate, both Deadpool and How to be Single were sold out, so I bought a ticket for Hail, Caesar! instead and I was not disappointed. The Coen brothers (you may have seen some of their directorial hits such as No Country For Old Men or The Big Lebowski — if you haven’t you need to, right now) bring stars such as George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson (to name a few) to the silver screen. The nostalgic film is shot in a classic Hollywood style and is set on a 1950’s film studio. The style of acting, the characters, and even American anxieties of Communism transport the viewer back to the golden years in Hail, Caesar! I won’t divulge the plot of the film, but the satirical twist on the entire film industry is a must see for film, theatre, and comedy lovers alike. Further, the script is so cleverly written that it’s imperative to listen closely so as to not let a Marxist comment like “you have worth if you serve the picture!” pass you by. Although this film probably won’t become a cult classic like The Big Lebowski, it’s definitely a crowning directorial achievement for the Coen Brothers. I’m giving it 4.5/5 stars.
Last week, I saw The Boy in theatres (I’ve been going to the movie theatre a lot recently and I have no regrets about it). This may be my horror movie snobbery speaking on my behalf, but I was fairly underwhelmed by this movie. Truthfully, I was expecting a supernatural twist and a dead boy living in a doll type of thing. Spoiler alert: there was NO ghost. Truthfully, I found the Goosebumps episode where the girl’s dummy was alive to be scarier than this film. The characters weren’t developed enough, I would’ve liked to see the female protagonist who came to the house escaping her abusive ex to have a powerful moment (she did not), and I would’ve liked to learn more about all the characters in general. Instead, it was more centered around the girl’s suspicions that the doll was alive, and her conversations with her sister. 3/5 stars.
The Poorly Scripted
I recently tried watching The Ouija Project on Netflix and honestly, I have tried watching this movie twice now and I can’t make it all the way through. It’s that awful. So far, my quest for my next favorite horror film has been fruitless, since I’ve watched countless of them and nothing can compare to Hitchcock’s Psycho for me. Do I have to wait another 50 years for another great film to grace my life?
Anyway, this movie was a typical post Blair Witch documentary style flick that follows a group of young adults who open a door they shouldn’t have opened. So, basically the premise of all ouija-inspired movies. The script is littered with gems such as: “there’s a sound coming from a room that I don’t recognize, let’s go check it out!” Needless to say, I won’t be watching the 31 minutes I have remaining of this movie and I don’t recommend you beginning even a single minute. 0/5 stars.