Ching: It's the Americans' fault. They got us into this. Idiot Americans, fucking America, goddamn America!
Shaun: When this is over, where do you think you'll go?
Ching: Back to America!
It's a Sawzall. That means, it saws ALL!
Sure, it’s got an off-kilter tonally tumultuous soundtrack and an appropriately nutso Nicolas Cage performance at its core, but somehow Mom and Dad doesn’t feel like it ever amounts to anything of merit to the black comedy genre. Like, you can’t just sprinkle some Nic Cage over something as menial as, say, The Purge, and hope to win over anyone.
Despite Mom and Dad‘s exciting premise, it doesn’t ever really get gory…
I'm so embarrassed. I'm not a real person yet.
Expertly paced and wonderfully told, Frances Ha fully encapsulates the late-20-something’s experience—where friends come and go, while life steadily starts to challenge our daily expectations, and yet we keep tumbling forward in stupendous fashion. Really just everything I’d ever want in a New York slice-of-life mumblecore extravaganza. That montage of Frances going home to visit her parents had such perfect cadence. A real triumph of style and narrative from Noah Baumbach.
Shoutouts to Fantasia. ✌🏽
Super forgettable film—but now that I think about it, so was the first one.
Jesse Eisenberg’s incessant narration plus everyone else’s stiff sarcasm and one-liners really don’t hold up ten years later, huh. Zoey Dutch knocked it out of the park though, *as always*. 😘 Rosario Dawson and Luke Wilson were welcome additions too. 👌🏽 For some reason, the CGI looked even worse this time around. Really noticeable car-driving green screen moments for me. Ah well. Not entirely a waste of time—a decent pick on Redbox for me this year.
Screened at the IU Cinema using the Kino Lorber restoration DCP featuring pit orchestra performing an original score by IU Jacobs student Ryn Jorgensen.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are such class acts. The younger versions of Pryce’s character are so expertly cast and well-acted to boot. It goes without saying that The Two Popes is an engaging watch purely due to its two lead actors but also undeniably due to Pope Francis and Pope Benedict being such massive cultural figures in the 21st century—the magnitude of the subject matter alone does much of the heavy lifting. But the story and direction leaves a…