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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★½

    Ninjas! Direwolves! Child Welfare!
    -Ricky Baker

    Showed this to my step daughter today and she indeed asked at a certain point "How did he get on that horse?"

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    The man. The myth. The legend. John Wick.
    -The Bowery King

    The badassery of John Wick is back cementing that the first film was no fluke and making every single previous Hollywood attempt at "Gun Fu" look so completely pathetic in it's wake. These films are worthy tributes to the Hong Kong Action Movie God that is known as John Woo.

    The world and mythos of John Wick's world is expanded in logical fashion. As the first film ended with…

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    It was just a fucking...
    -Iosef Tarasov

    Keanu Reeves has a meeting with the producers of A Dog's Purpose.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★½

    You can't just walk away from things all the time.
    -Edward Sheffield

    Bloody brilliant thriller! I knew nothing going in and didn't know what to expect from director Tom Ford's sophomore effort (didn't even know it was a thriller) and couldn't have been more surprised. This is certainly not a rehash of A Single Man.

    Now that I've looked it up, I see this was based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright and I can't help…

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    A woman who's read: "The Second Sex" will chew you up... And spit you out.
    -Michèle LeBlanc

    Holy shit. Mr. Verhoeven you were missed. I don't remember the last time I watched a movie that was so confident in it's subversiveness. It's so boldly antagonistic that it makes you feel like it's problematic to admit that you liked the film.

    You could probably describe Isabelle Huppert's performance the same way. I couldn't imagine anyone else pulling off the role. It's…

  • Shallow Grave

    Shallow Grave

    ★★★★

    Victory is the same as defeat. It's giving in to destructive competitive urges.
    -David Stephens

    Had no idea that Danny Boyle's feature film debut was such a Hitchcockian effort and had no idea that Ewan McGregor was such a dick in his. To be fair all three main characters are complete dicks way before anything illegal ever happens in the movie and I loved them for it.

    A dead body, a suitcase full of money, gangsters, cocky cops and three…

  • The Flat

    The Flat

    ★★½

    This is my grand-mother Gerda...
    -Arnon Goldfinger

    I feel bad saying anything bad about this film because Arnon Goldfinger seems like a genuinely wonderful human being but this was an incredibly fascinating story stuck in a poorly constructed documentary.

    It all starts when Goldman's family starts cleaning out the flat of his deceased grand-mother and curiously find Nazi propaganda among her belongings and considering their Jewish upbringing and that they left Nazi Germany 70 years prior they find this a bit puzzling.

    Some amazing discoveries run through the film, some even involving another family unfortunately being confronted by an ugly truth.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★

    Beauty isn't everything. It's the only thing.
    -Roberto Sarno

    I knew what I was going to write for this, but I thought maybe I wrote the same thing for Only God Forgives... and I kinda did. It was "Ultimately the film is surreal, deep and brilliantly made yet somehow manages to be shallow, ridiculous and silly at the same time."

    It's visually stunning. I thought Elle Fanning was terrific, to the point that the film lost something whenever she wasn't…

  • Fences

    Fences

    ★★★★

    Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in.
    -Bono

    Being the uncultured swine that I am, I had no idea that Fences was an adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name (written by August Wilson), but I deduced that it was an adaption of a play within the first few minutes of viewing the film.

    It was a combination of the dialogue and the way it was…

  • The Den

    The Den

    ★½

    They want you to watch.
    -Damien Clark

    Reminded me a lot of the film Ratter except this one makes no attempt at realism, while the other made it to real and ended up being boring.

    You see everything through Elizabeth's (Melanie Papalia) hacked laptop but instead of making you feel creeped out by what this voyeur is seeing we spend most of the film watching her chat-roulette sessions (here the site is called "The Den").

    Main problems with the film…

  • The Hunger

    The Hunger

    ★★★★

    Forever and ever.
    -John Blaylock

    Did not expect this as Tony Scott's feature film debut. An erotic vampire film, that at no point mentions "vampires", starring David Bowie as a 300 year old "vampire" that is suddenly aging while his lover, the one who made him, Catherine Deneuve remains immortal.

    After Susan Sarandon is introduced as Dr. Sarah Roberts, a specialist in the effects of rapid aging, I thought I knew exactly where this film was headed, but be damned…

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    The Barefoot Contessa

    ★★★½

    In Hollywood, it is not easy to become a star.
    -Maria Vargas

    A film about Hollywood stardom seen completely from it's social life. A producer goes to a Madrid night club to find a "fresh face" for his movies. There is a dancer/singer there that is supposed to be amazing. Her screen test ends up being amazing. She makes a few films and becomes a star. Here's what's unusual; the dance number that first brought her attention? You never see…