To cut it short - "Men" is Alex Garland's "Midsommar".
I couldn't believe how much these two films have in common. Both of them had me supremely entertained and intrigued at first, only to then leave me shaking my head in disappointed embarrassment.
Just like Ari Aster's 2019 folk horror extravaganza, "Men" starts off with some intense portrayal of trauma, while taking the audience, along with the main character, on a journey of healing into a secluded colorful cocoon of…
As a long-time bourbon aficionado I hit *play* immediately when I saw this while scrolling through Hulu. And it's about what you should expect from a documentary entirely devoted to the history and culture around the national alcoholic drink of the US of A.
There are the pre-requisite copious amounts of Americana-tinged visuals of dusty barrels, trucks of all sorts, fields of corn and talk of family values. A token celebrity cameo with a bunch of corny jokes, which nevertheless…
My own curiosity got the best of me with "Better Days".
I've heard of the troubled release of this film, I like the leading actress Zhou Dongyu, films focused on social issues of modern China interest me and the few early ratings here on Letterboxd are all 4 stars and above. So, even though my intuition was warning me like crazy, cause it's a very mainstream movie, the main leading actor is pretty much a Chinese Justin Bieber and the…
I've enjoyed the previous 3 films in the Ip Man series. When I heard that a 4th one was going to be made, even though it felt like a cash-grabbing venture, I still got excited about seeing Donnie Yen reprise the role for a final time. Little did I know that this fourth film would be just as much a weapon of nationalistic propaganda as it is a way to earn some quick cash for its stars and crew.