"the best defense is a good offense."
Bodies Bodies Bodies is a slasher so fresh that Jenna Ortega doesn't show up until the sequel.
"Anything with a spirit can get broke."
NOPE or: How We Bring Horrific Realities Into the Light Only to Lose Sight of Them Again in the Glare of the Spectacle
& That's just 1 of MANY things to unpack.
My head is SWIMMING.
Best of 2022
07/26/2022: Rewatched in IMAX. Rating bumped to 5/5 ❤️
"YOU can't make money another way?"
Emily the Criminal or: Dummy Shopping for Dummies
A film that asks, what if they say 'crime doesn't pay' bc it's what they want you to think? 🤔
PS: I wasn't totally sure on the rating... so I watched it twice. This is surprisingly solid without factoring in any pandemic production handicap.
"The worst you'll probably have will be some of those kids from the dance running wild. Now, just remember, there's still some ppl around here who - uh - won't put up with that kind of thing."
Wait - what?
What kind of thing?
Tho the sheer asininity of a school dance thrown in honor of college graduation IS enough to unhinge just about anyone.
The Prowler or: Private Pitchfork
Without giving anything away, this lesser-known…
"Ladies - do watch what you flush."
Alex Garland is back, & as to be expected, he has something to say about mankind & our ongoing battle with natural order in a rapidly shifting world. His overarching theme is usually explored through narratives that are rooted in the present (& how we got here from the past), but take place in hypothetical futures accelerated by illusions of choice & misuse of power.
Men, however, is set in the present; it is less imaginary…
"Heart sees heart."
Regional proclivities aside, BJ Novak makes one hell of an entrance with his debut film, Vengeance.
The writing is fabulous on many levels: naturally hilarious dialog, interesting characters, enveloping mystery, sharp satire, & accessibly harrowing social criticism.
The cast is surprisingly bang on (for the most part).
The technicalities are sharp.
The final cut is lean, with no noticeable, disposable excess, & it still packs an epic punch.
**biggest flaw - I feel like BJ's character (Ben)…