Summer Movie Preview: July 2018

July 6

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Marvel’s latest is a direct antidote to the sturm und drang of Infinity War and it succeeds within in its own modest parameters. Also, like Spider-Man: Homecoming, this is pretty much just a comedy with some superhero stuff in it.

Full review here.

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We NEED to laugh

I’ve been thinking about something since watching Nanette. Hannah Gadsby makes the point that laughter is not the medicine, that stories are the really important thing, the thing that creates empathy and invites understanding. She’s not wrong. Laughter doesn’t cure society’s ills. It won’t solve any problems or offer solutions. Jokes are simple, and laughter, however cathartic, is not understanding. This is all true.

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The Lodgers is creepy, low-key Gothic horror

A dilapidated estate in the Irish countryside is the setting for Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers, a Gothic haunted house story set in the days following World War I. Any Gothic film set in a grand country estate immediately calls to mind Rebecca’s Manderley, and The Lodgers certainly has shared DNA with the Gothic films that have come before, including The Innocents and a little bit Picnic at Hanging Rock. It also calls to mind Guillermo Del Toro’s recent Gothic horror-romance, Crimson Peak, though where that film reaches for spectacle (and kind of face-plants in the garden of its own grandeur), The Lodgers is a quieter tale, atmospheric and creepy and full of decay.

The chandelier is an aesthetic choice.

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Winter Movie Preview: February 2018

I didn’t even bother pretending to make a resolution to always post these things on time, because, as you can see, it would already be broken.

February 2

Winchester

Helen Mirren stars in this classic example of a boneyard burial. You might luck into a decent horror movie on the indie circuit, but mainstream horror movies are sent to January and February to die. Don’t hold your breath for Winchester.

The real Winchester house is cool, though, totally worth visiting.

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Winter Movie Preview: December 2017

Let’s be honest, the only movie you care about this month is Star Wars, but there are a lot of solid indie options once you’ve seen that.

December 1

The Disaster Artist

James Franco’s hilarious and often touching adaptation of the book about the making of one of the most famous best-worst movies of all time, The Room. You do not need to know The Room to get The Disaster Artist, one of the year’s best comedies.

Full review here.

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