Despite its crazy climax, when I left THOROUGHBREDS I felt disappointed, but I didn’t know why. A pitch black comedy skewering the entitled class with fun performances by Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin, everything about this movie seemed like the perfect recipe for excellence. First time director, playwright Cory Finley, working with DP Lyle Vincent and production designer Jeremy Woodward, do a fantastic job building a privileged world that feels bereft of feeling and packed with existential angst.…
There is so much going on in this delightful dark (but not too dark) comedy that I will be rewatching it the rest of my life to suss it all out. Like the moment Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams lock eyes and fall in love at first sight, GAME NIGHT looked into my soul and proposed marriage.
I said yes.
There’s a long tradition of movies about television broadcasting. The two most successful are Sidney Lumet’s NETWORK and James L. Brooks’ BROADCAST NEWS. Both satirize telejournalism with a keen eye, revealing the shady behavior beneath the public image of integrity. Those films were made in the 70s and 80s, respectively. Since, the cynical attitude towards American journalism has only grown. We all know networks are in it for the ratings. We know getting us “truth” in journalism is not as…
A BONNIE & CLYDE for Generation X, Tarantino's script is a great exploration of romance as artifice and posturing. His criminal lovers, the unhinged slacker Clarence (Christian Slater) and free-spirited prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), are married in a courthouse, but consummate their passion in a movie house.
Clarence is every bit the cool, badass tough guy that Jean-Paul Belmondo was in BREATHLESS, only significantly more excited by the violence Belmondo flirted with. And where Belmondo was undone by love, Clarence is…