I unironically LOVE the 2008 Jason Statham film “Death Race.” I also co-host "Film is Lit," a podcast about movie adaptations of books.
"There go the goddamn brownies!"
Honestly, one of the most consistently laugh-out-loud comedies I've seen in quite some time, probably since 2018's "Game Night." The key here is that the cast is 100% dedicated to Dana Olsen's gloriously whacky script. Every single character is perfectly insane in the best ways. Actor/director Jim Cummings cites Rick Ducommun's Art as the single best comedic performance of all time, and I gotta tell ya... I completely agree. Ducommun is a goddamn ELECTRIC -…
Beyond Fest screening at the Aero Theater
I had a panic attack about 45 minutes in because I was NOT enjoying the film up until that point. I thought the dialogue was rather weak, the acting not that much better, and the pacing particularly sluggish. It felt like it kept starting and stopping, almost as if the film was afraid to truly commit. This, combined with the glaring flaws in the writing and acting, prevented me from fully engaging.
Bagpipes are an important instrument of Scottish culture. Bagpipes are also the instrument of House Atreides. House Atreides... is FUCKIN' SCOTTISH!
This is pretty much a perfect adaptation of the book in that it's painfully loyal to Frank Herbert's original text (which is more focused on quieter elements like philosophy and ecology than boisterous sci-fi action) while also being an astounding achievement in spectacle and scope with a sound design that literally rattles your bones until you're concussed. It's a…