I have to return some videotapes.
Fresh and magical, Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn's 'Official Competition' has been on my list for a while now and I'm delighted to not only have finally seen it but to have loved it too, a pseudo-Almodovar moviemaking experience that's rich in colors, vibrant in attitudes and full of dark humor, much to my amusement. It offers a fresh way of shooting scenes that would otherwise feel stilted or rote, whether it's the high-def sound test/make out session, which…
"The more I see of men, the more I love my dog."
Edward Sedgwick directs another serviceable comedy with romantic flair in 'Parlor, Bedroom and Bath,' featuring witty one-liners from Buster Keaton and a grouping of secondary characters that become a bit too scattered and unnecessarily take away from the main hilarity. As always with Keaton's features, it has its moments even if the picture as a whole isn't terribly outstanding, like his bumbling around the mansion or that dangerous…
"Look what you made me do."
A pretty effective horror-thriller that balances supernatural elements and a terrifyingly creepy performance from Ethan Hawke, Scott Derrickson's 'The Black Phone' is a fine adaptation of Joe Hill's short story that follows a small town gripped by The Grabber, a mysterious serial killer responsible for the disappearance of several children and one who always leaves black balloons at the scene of his crime. I was surprised to find it's more of a psychological thriller…
"I hope these assholes like hospital food."
Bob Odenkirk as a lighter John Wick? Check. A killer soundtrack that totally fits with what's unfolding? Check. Heavy gore blending well with incredible comedic timing? Check.
Ilya Naishuller's 'Nobody' is a wonderful treat, a great return to the cinemas after not having been in such a long time, and Odenkirk's Hutch Mansell, beyond sporting a damn cool name, makes for one of my favorite action heroes in a long while. He's highly…