In the past decade plus, other countries have made leaps in crafting spectacle cinema to compete with Hollywood blockbusters. THE WITCH 2: THE OTHER ONE is a sci-fi horror/thriller with brutal superhuman action (and a few comic relief moments that lean on the sillier side) that caps off with a mid-budget MAN OF STEEL-like brawl in its final act. Really solid genre fare that has me now invested in this franchise.
No big revelations here, it does what it says in its Redbox tin. LAST SEEN ALIVE certainly pales in comparison to other kidnapped wife/mystery thrillers of its ilk and Gerard Butler feels wildly miscast compared to the archetypal Everyman that usually comprises these roles, but there’s something innately appealing about a large angry sweaty man in conflict with even larger, angrier, sweatier men. The climactic podunk meth lab shootout feels out of place yet oddly earned.
One pleasant surprise of…
When my mom died, I learned in grief counseling that the “phases of grief” is a myth; you’re never really over loss, it’s how you choose to carry on that matters. Grief calluses & festers in PIG, but the film also proposes that perhaps simple tenderness can be enough to heal the hardened hearts of men.
PIG has the spirit of literary classics like Old Man & The Sea where metaphors are profound yet direct. On film, characters apply their internal philosophies…
Intergenerational immigrant trauma, interdimensional chaos, Existentialism, Death & Taxes. Michelle Yeoh is the queen of the movies. Ke Huy Quan is owed a lifetime of film greatness. Stephanie Hsu is the future. Jamie Lee Curtis on a well deserved victory lap. Cinema baby!
This silly-ass movie really won me over, I aint mad. SWISS ARMY MAN was as technically impressive as it was annoying as fuck; this specific frequency modulation of their artistic vibe was more my speed, even though I…