I was reminded of this while listening to the Ultra podcast on ultra conservative domestic terrorists in the 1940's. This is a great film companion to that podcast, and was very likely inspired by those events.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 2023
I feel like the complaints about this movie circulated a lot more than was warranted. Not enough jokes? Sure, but the first two Ant-Man movies' jokes felt a bit more forced and not especially funny, but the jokes in "Quantum" hit pretty nicely with some fun call backs and repetitions. I think what I enjoyed the most about this movie was that it reminded me of another scifi movie with a checkered reputation, John Carter. Carter bombed in the US,…
Bad Times at the El Royale 2018
Lots of fun. Perhaps it tries to hard in moments, but that seems pretty consistent throughout the film. It does fit very nicely in the recent trend of dark/fun thriller/mysteries.
Infernal Affairs III 2003
A solid crime thriller, well directed. Not so sure why Criterion tends to go so blue in their transfers, but the overall quality is better than the second installment, which was fairly unpolished.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout 2018
This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.
You can’t have a Host without a Parasite. I tried really hard to come in to this movie cold and based on the name alone I figured it would be one of the Bong science fiction movies like The Host, Okja or Snowpiecer. I didn’t realize it would be one of his straight thrillers like Mother or Memories of a Murder until I was walking up to the ticket counter and heard an old man with his grandson giving him…