Hello, all! It’s been a good week all around and the icing on the cake is that I got to watch Sicario, a movie I’ve been looking forward to viewing since its release in October. This movie did not disappoint. I was expecting gritty, bleak, and violent, and I got gritty, bleak, and violent, with a layer of beastly cello music to further darken the atmosphere. After Enemy and Prisoners, I get the feeling that Denis Villeneuve isn’t trying to make a happy movie.
Hello, all! I didn’t think I’d ever have to start off a post with a heartfelt goodbye for Alan Rickman, but then again, I didn’t think that Alan Rickman had cancer. What the hell, cancer? First David Bowie, then Alan Rickman? That’s not fair. That’s not right. The worst thing about the death of an iconic actor is that their movies are forever changed. I know that whenever I see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a movie, I always feel a little prick of grief when I remember that he’ll never bring his talent to another project again. That’s how I’ll feel now every time I watch the Harry Potter movies or Sense and Sensibility. A flash of joy when Alan Rickman appears upon the screen, followed by that horrible, horrible remembrance that he now only exists as a character in a movie. In that sense, he’s become immortal.
A continuing segment in which Lily, intrepid blogger, goes head to head with the most dastardly of foes: Rotten Tomatoes. Group-think be damned! In this segment, we look at the new David O. Russell movie Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence. Who will win? Hint: it’s Lily.
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell’s uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion. Score: 58%
Hello, all! I’ve been so wrapped up in Christmas that I barely had time to watch more than four movies! I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday and while I thought it was really awesome, I don’t feel that I have the proper authority to write a post about the film. So instead, I’ll write about what I do know, and that is horror movies! I do apologize, this blog has really turned into something of a horror fest. But anyways, one of the other four movies I watched on Christmas was Goodnight Mommy and boy, was that something. Here’s the trailer, if you’re unacquainted:
Hello, all! This post brought to you by “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a very catchy song that happens to share a title with a horrifying childrens book. I have so many things to say about how that book made me fear Lois Duncan, but I think I’ll save that for another post. The music video for this song is so dramatic that I have to post it.
Hello, all! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted, but I’ve been quite busy with school and college applications and boring things like that. Unfortunately (or very fortunately depending on how little you like the show), I’ve fallen very far behind on American Horror Story: Hotel reviews so I’m still considering whether I’ll pick that up again. Continue reading The Exorcist: Actually Not That Scary→
Hello, all! This post brought to you by Michael Nyman and his supposedly “simple” piano music. Why did you throw in 3/8 meter when 4/4 was doing just fine?
Today I watched Madame Bovary, and despite the middling Rotten Tomato reviews, I was quite impressed. I’ve never read Gustave Flaubert’s book, so I can’t compare it to the text, but I understand from the reviews that it diverges from the plot in some significant ways. That being said, I’m going to review this movie as if Flaubert’s book had never been written, therefore reducing the chances of me sounding like an uncultured swine. I get it, Flaubert’s novel is a masterpiece and the movie didn’t do it justice, but sometimes we must forget our expectations and enjoy movies for what they are: visual mediums. Stream of consciousness and fluctuating point-of-views work for novels, but they don’t work very well for movies. Continue reading Review of Madame Bovary: All I want is everything!→
Hello all! This post brought to you by the color black. To all the black holes that will eventually consume the universe, I offer my greetings. Earth might taste a little greasy on the first bite, but I’m sure you’ll find our molten core to be delicious. Today I’m reviewing The Women in Black 2: Angel of Death, or as it should really be called The Women in Black 2: This British Girl is NOT Daniel Radcliffe. At first viewing I thought “Surely Daniel will be appearing any moment now.” But he never did, and thus this film could never be more than mediocre. Now when I reflect upon it, I’m glad Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t in the movie. All of the children would have been like “HARRY POTTER!” and that would have been distracting for the Woman in Black. Rocking back and forth in a ghostly manner takes a lot of focus. Continue reading The Woman in Black 2: What about the CHILDREN?→
Hello all! This post brought to you by Kevin Bacon. Remember folks, it ain’t a Boston movie without Bacon. Yesterday I watched Black Mass, the movie that will reinvent Johnny Depp’s career. But actually, if you skip over all of the stupid projects that I assume Depp did for the money, you’re left with Edward Scissorhands and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Sweeney Todd and Chocolat and various other Tim Burton weirdlands, so it’s actually quite an impressive resume. If you pretend Mortdechai never happened, I will too. Continue reading Black Mass Review: Gangstas Be Trippin’→
Hello, all! This post brought to you by the squirrel on Donald Trump’s head. This is the first post so far in my Music category, so of course I’ll start off with a list of my favorite genre of music: movie soundtracks. And no, Hans Zimmer is not my favorite composer. I’m sorry to have already disappointed you. I’m also going to leave out legendary composers like John Williams because although I appreciate the majesty of his movie scores, I’d rather write about some more modern composers. Your musical journey begins in 3…2…1… Continue reading Best Original Movie Soundtracks (In My Biased Opinion)→