Thoroughbreds review “Amazing performances makes one of the year’s best”

Thoroughbreds movie posterDirectorial debuts are often a mixed bag, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, and Alex Garland have all debuted with movies that are fantastic, while other directors such as Eli Roth, Corin Hardy, and Paul Feig all made less than average debuts. However, this is one of the best debuts I have ever seen from a director, this time being Cory Finley and the film being Thoroughbreds. I was not expecting a whole lot going into the movie, but my gosh, it is in my top 3 of the year. There’s so many marvelous things to discuss in the film, so I probably should just go into it.

So, as always, starting with the good, the best thing about this movie is without question the acting. If I did an award show, Thoroughbreds would without a doubt win the Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and probably best Cast Ensemble. The only thing that would be difficult about that would be deciding which of the actresses deserves Best Actress, Anya Taylor-Joy or Olivia Cooke. If I had to pick right now, I would say that it would have to be Olivia Cooke of Ready Player One fame. She gives a haunting performance which manages to put emotion into an emotionless character. Continue reading

Alpha review “A film that wasted great potential”

Alpha movie posterDoes anyone remember all the way back in July of last year when the trailer for this was released? Well, Alpha, the latest endeavor from Albert Hughes ended up having its theatrical release delayed by nearly a year, with it’s original September 2017 release being moved to August of 2018. I, among others, saw it after hearing loads of amazing things about it! “It’s heartbreaking, it’s so moving, it is so amazing!” Well dear readers, I did not feel the same way as everyone else and let me explain why.

Well, as always I’ll start with the good and there is some things the movie does really well. So to my surprise, they actually created an entire language for the tribe to speak. There is absolutely no English spoken at all which, while probably making some people who brought their younger children upset, thoroughly impressed me. Also, some of the cinematography was just beautiful, including the shot of the buffalo tossing Keda over and some shots of the night sky being stunningly gorgeous. Definitely one of the better shot films of the year so far, even if what feels as a good 25 minutes of it is just a big blizzard and you can’t see anything. Continue reading

The Darkest Minds review “An exercise in poor world building”

The Darkest Minds posterWas I the only one who thought we were done with YA movies? Especially with Maze Runner: The Death Cure being released earlier this year, along with the final Divergent movie being cancelled, I thought the whole “movies based on books with an evil adult government stopping the young people in a futuristic setting” genre was over with.

However, I was wrong with The Darkest Minds hitting theatres in the U.S a few weeks ago. I was one of the few people to see it opening day and after seeing it, I can see why this has one of the worst openings at over 3,000 theatres of all time. I can’t sum up how bad this movie is in just a sentence, so I suppose I should jump into why this is one of the worst movies of the year so far. Continue reading

Mission: Impossible – Fallout review “Cruise and Mcquarrie Do It Again”

Mission: Impossible Fallout posterThe year: 1996. In between From Dusk til Dawn and Independence Day came yet another 90s TV to movie adaptation, Mission: Impossible. As you can see 22 years later, it certainly succeeded as the sixth installment in the franchise was released, Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Being the sixth in the franchise surprisingly still presents a lot of firsts with the first recurring director in Christopher McQuarrie, first recurring leading female in Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, and the first recurring villain in Sean Harris’s Solomon Lane. However, did the return of many key roles lead to a movie as fun and exciting as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, or do we have another Mission: Impossible II on our hands. Let’s delve into that. Continue reading