Loved this. Every character is so full of life, right on down to the speaking roles with only one scene. Also a great Chicago film, which finds some beauty in the city while also pointing out the corrupt heart. One of the best crime dramas in recent memory.
PADDINGTON 2 is the most cheerful, uplifting, good-natured prison movie ever. Just delightful. I want to give this movie a hug.
MIKEY AND NICKY
Holy shit. This movie. I don't believe I'd heard of MIKEY AND NICKY just a couple months ago. Well, anyway, it's great. Falk and Cassavetes are superb. Clenched teeth, frothing mad, strangely funny script. Great film. Kind of floored me. Not sure exactly what I was expecting but it delivered more. Will be picking up the new Criterion disc next year. (Farewell, FilmStruck.)
THE TALE is excellent. Hard to watch at times but excellent. Makes some interesting narrative choices, all of which work. The storyteller wrestles with her past, searching for truth in memory, and casts actors in her place so we can follow along. Fascinating and raw.
OVERLORD is very good. Works as a war film, a 'men on a mission' movie, and a horror movie. Make the special serum green and it could've easily been called WAR OF RE-ANIMATOR. It's in touch with its B-movie concept but takes itself seriously, which is for the best in this case.
One almost wishes they'd kept the horror stuff out of the trailers and marketed it as a war film only. Would've been a fun surprise, like vampires showing up in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. In any case, it's a good war/horror mashup, and one of my favorite such films since OUTPOST.
Wonderful film. Funny, sweet, and horrifically uncomfortable. So depressingly relatable it hurts sometimes.
Some of the best use of music you'll see in a 2018 movie, making one laugh and experience dread in equal measure.
One of the year's best films.
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