Back in 2015 I deemed Kingsman: The Secret Service to be the best movie of that year. It was fun, exciting, action packed, funny, great actors, the list goes on. My excitement over the past two years leading up to the release of the sequel to the big hit, I couldn’t wait to go back to the non-bond movie that has some of the best action sequences I have seen in years in addition to John Wick franchise.
This film Kingsman: The Golden Circle provided a lot of what made the first one great but with an added 12 mins to its running time from the first one, this entry changed its tone by providing some questioning moral dilemmas, more sentimental moments, and misused characters.
Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan). When you hear that name, and know he is directing a movie, you know you are in for some off-the-wall, artistic, unique, and sometimes intense cinematic experience. His latest feature, Mother!, fits all the categories I just listed and much more.
This review is going to be really short compared to my other post because this movie should be seen with the least knowledge as possible. My goal is just to give you a sense of expectation and my thoughts and opinions regarding the film.
The synopsis is about a couple’s quiet and tranquil home in the country interrupted by unwanted guests that shake up their home testing the strength of their relationship. The couple in question is Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Lawrence is renovating their home while Bardem is a writer of poems trying to come up with his next masterpiece are visited by some unwanted guests, specifically Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris. I think the cast is phenomenal in their roles and really deliver the intensity asked for by Aronofsky. There is no question that they will not entertain you on screen. I was really impressed with Pfeiffer’s character particularly and you will see why.
If I had a dime for every Netflix original series and movie that pops up every month I would be a wealthy human being. The amount of original content on the streaming service just keeps growing and doesn’t plan to stop. While most of them are under the radar there are some that stand out featuring a unique story or involve actors and actresses that we are familiar with. While not all of them are gems, some of them turn out to be really good. What Happened To Monday is one of those gems.
Noomi Rapace stars as a woman who is a part of identical septuplets. The Settman siblings are in hiding from the rest of the world as they were born into a futuristic reality where a law has been passed to control the human population. One sibling per family is that law and any other siblings born will be cryogenically frozen and awaken when the population is under control.
Charlize Theron succeeds in bringing another strong female character to life in this action-packed adaptation of the graphic novel “The Coldest City” in Atomic Blonde. Theron, who says she performed all her own stunts, sports the blonde hair like a trophy just as good as Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde back in 2001. This movie packs a punch literally as her skills in combat are front and center in her mission to solve the murder of a fellow agent and stop from a list of double agents in the MI6 during The Cold War.
The story is told through flashbacks The Usual Suspects style interrogated about the days leading up to her briefing on what happened on her mission. Looking pretty beat up as she is being questioned gives the impression that this mission was not an easy one and that assumption is true. Director David Leitch provides amazing action sequences and fight scenes to keep your attention and leaves no room to call shenanigans. Each time you see a punch, a kick, a throw, a gunshot is clear to see and looks painful. You start to wonder if they did take a few punches during filming. Superb fighting choreography in my opinion.
7500 or Flight 7500 is just going to be another number besides Flight 180 to avoid when I take a flight to somewhere after watching this film. If I didn’t have a fear of flying already I have more of one now. I saw trailers to this film a long time ago and waited patiently for a release on the big or small screen but never got it. Even though movie was gone with no official release it was never forgotten. I always kept my eyes open for when it would be released for me to watch it. I decided to finally look on Amazon and there it was.
Why was I so eager to see this movie so much? Well, one reason could be the old saying, “You always want what you can’t have”. It could also be the fact that this movie was advertised around the time HBO’s True Blood was on and the popularity of Ryan Kwanten had skyrocketed with his good looks and charisma. Mainly, my reason is that I have special place in my movie heart for horror movies and seeing as I got a ghostly vibe from the trailer, those tend to get to me more than other types in the genre.
Here is a trailer to remind you what I was looking forward to.
I remember when the trailer to It Comes At Night was released and I was so intrigued with how well the trailer was done. The trailer gave nothing away as far as plot, fewer words spoken, shots of images to make your heart pump with excitement and fear but mostly a curiosity. Just as a reminder, get yourself in the mood of this spoiler free review by watching the trailer below.
I chose to show this trailer because it was the only one I chose to watch. I was sold. I didn’t want to know anymore about it. I had so many theories and ideas on what I was going to see. I just wanted to know what the hell was up with that damn red door. I decided to just go in and just watch in the moment. There are more revealing trailers out there but I chose not to watch them. If you want to experience the movie in the same way, I would watch before receiving other people’s opinions. If not, let’s keep going.
Back again with another recommendation for you followers. I trust that you already know of this amazing film but in case you don’t I want to introduce you to a smart clever and twisty movie called The Game. To this day, this is one of the first movies that I watched that made me feel like an adult. With the cast, the plot, the tone, this movie shouldn’t have been on my radar as interest given how young I was when I watched it. I walked out feeling very sophisticated watching such an adult movie that made you think, pay attention, and listen to dialogue more than watching things blow up in front of you to keep you engaged.
The Game (1997)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: John Brancato & Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, and James Rebhorn
Plot: A wealthy banker on his 48th Birthday is set as an example as to test out what you give a man who has everything. That very gift is an opportunity to participate in a game. An interactive game involving mystery and adventure which turns his life upside down not knowing what is reality and what is the game.