Almost entirely terrible, saved only by Olsen’s terrifically committed, fun performance and the ways Raimi uses the confines of the for-hire job to have his own kind of fun. I think some of what he pulls off here is legitimately punk rock, and all the ways it feels like a 90s witch movie are A+++ choices. But this movie is absolute nonsense that mostly looks like shit. And I’ve unfortunately read just enough Marvel comics to be pissed about how they used the Illuminati and wasted the concept of incursions. The MCU is now nothing but fast food cinema.
The Drowning Pool 1975
“What a dumb way to die!”
This was really sleepy for me, until a classic Walter Hill third-act turn that escalated to an exciting and unique set piece that I just loved. There are a lot of great actors doing fun character work in this, like the mayor from JAWS and the lead from TENEBRE. It’s got some good musical themes, though they always seemed a little out of place in the movie to me.
It’s pretty standard noir stuff, and I wanted to like it more.
“You have no talent for surrender.”
The Guest 2014
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I couldn't help myself. I'm going to be watching this again in a week or two for my podcast, but when it popped up as the first thing on my Netflix last night, I had to watch it again for the 4th time.
This movie holds up to repeat viewings so well. All of the performances are really fun and get funnier and more interesting the more you watch it and invest in their individual stories. And the movie is…