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A man is killed. His killer and the man’s two sons meet 18 years later in a small town. From such a simple setup comes a wise story about pride, time, and justice. Beautiful handheld black and white cinematography and a knowing performance from Jorge Martinez de Hoyos further the movie’s cause.
“I come from a long line of death.”
When Norm talks about his dad passing or his uncle’s cancer, you can see him momentarily drift elsewhere. There’s a little bit less of the stand-up facade in those moments and more of just a guy grappling with his own emotions.
RIP to a uniquely funny man, a legend.
There was a poetic rawness that Beyoncé captured with Lemonade. That album—both in sights and sounds—was one of the great pop culture accomplishments of the last decade. Black Is King is a tie-in to the forgettable live-action Lion King remake, so, as one might expect, that rawness is gone. Now, run-of-the-mill screensaver-type images sneak their way in, and the story similarly feels more generic. While there remain flourishes of visual sumptuousness that yearn to stretch beyond the confines of the…
Fly free, James Wan, fly free.
The director’s playful camera work and commitment to the bit, especially in the film’s wild climax, make for a cheeky slice of body horror. While the script isn’t the smartest, Wan manages to grab hold of the absurdity in the story and produce something that’s creepy, campy, and altogether fun.