Where was Emerald when her father died? Where was Emerald while OJ was driving him to the hospital? Where was Emerald as OJ stood in front of the commercial production crew? When she did show up finally, during her speech about the history of Haywood Hollywood Horses and proper on-set horse etiquette, the one part she flubbed was the number of “greats” of her great-great-great-grandfather— the one part she flubbed was the part about the importance of family. When Emerald…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I was so, so incredibly fortunate to have seen this film at its premiere at the Missouri Theatre, followed by a Q&A with director Robert Greene and most of the main cast. I am going to spoil some moments from this, so please, do not read this until after you’ve already seen it when it arrives on Netflix this month. Every minute of this film is worth taking in.
At the premiere, Greene said something incredibly interesting, which was that…
Just looking at their faces is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Just. Whenever they do or say anything. It’s so good. The movie didn’t need anything else besides their faces to be outrageously funny. And then it also had some pretty good jokes and plotting. And Terry Crews. I’m all aboard the White Chicks train.
This film does that really special thing a movie can do where it makes you actively aware of how it was made while you’re watching it.
You’re not only seeing the crash zooms and whip-pans, but they’ve been intentionally brought out by the sound design and fast cutting.
When you can see how something is being made, one’s natural urge might be to think they could try and replicate it (at least that’s my urge). But the more I watched…
I knew this wasn’t a good thing to do, but for about half an hour, I couldn’t stop comparing this movie to Alien. Their premises are very similar but I found myself continuously thinking of how Alien is philosophically deeper, has much more memorable characters, and is constructed so that every single element, from its production design to its cinematography, contributes to its overall themes.
I stopped myself, though. Really, Alien and The Thing don’t have much in common outside…
My friend Rohan described Baahubali, which happens to be on my 100 movies scratch-off bucket list poster, as an Indian rite of passage, saying every Indian child has to see this movie “or they're not a real Indian kid.” Well, uh… I don’t know why that is because this movie kind of sucks.
Now I understand there are significant differences between Hollywood and Bollywood productions, the later industry I have seen only glimpses of. I actually enjoyed a lot of the…