Movies Posts Tagged as 'Writ w/Possibilities'
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Look Away (2018)
It takes its cues from "Carrie" without employing a director's bag of tricks. India Eisley's beauty is evident at first glance so there is no launch metamorphosis. Her Maria should ignite uncontrollable rage and attack from boys not bullying and insecurity. The mirror is where many tricks could have been deployed but minute experimentation and bad editing keep it cold and non-dimensional. The daddy seduction is a successful creep that doesn't consummate, explanations are not forthcoming, the bully gets no follow-up, mama is useless and the writers employed little sense. 13-Oct-2019
Invaders From Mars (1953)
To watch this film you have to tap into your child and understand the limitations of its time. It gets to business almost immediately, all is accepted at face value and good and evil hold to their lanes. It has a great start and there are enough influences to accommodate its art but the martians are silly. 10-Oct-2019
Don't Knock Twice (2016)
Katee Sackhoff distributed guilt, anger and appeasement to a character that didn't need it and it's appreciated. The director clangs the scares and the mythology works but the whole doesn't satisfy like the details. 26-Sep-2019
Boys In Trees (2016)
Rekindling a bromance. There were so many elements that could have thrust the story forward but the director was so intent on a surprise ending that his magic tricks don't total rationality. It's underhanded. The film relies heavily on Toby Wallace, whose star endowment keeps it flowing and wrings the only emotion at end. 23-Sep-2019
My Little Eye (2002)
It's all vegan undernourishment until the end where the meat and potatoes are served. 15-Sep-2019
I can hear Paxton say "demon" all day. I can fall into melodious dreams hearing McConaughey narrate. The film straddles the supernatural with an organic crime story. It was a story that needed to be told straight or absolutely bonkers. The film lost the opportunity to provide readied performers with characters that could outshine them. It came close but its confusion expired it before the finish line. 04-Sep-2019
Wife, The (2018)
A genius beholden to society for a privileged life granted. A wife chained to such a man with no identity of her own. The story compels but missteps by presuming that we wont respect the woman unless she is of equal caliber. Why can't we respect the wife that stands idly by? There are more of them. Close was adroitly hired to give a schmuck his comeuppance but the writing lets her down. The countdown gets stuck when sudden happens and Close is abruptly halted from slaying. An almost. 30-Jul-2019
Object Of My Affection, The (1998)
The intention is for its gay representation to be inclusive and equal to a straight lifestyle. It touches upon authentic concerns but its reality is askew. The main two keep chugging the charm and Allison Janney creates stillness when she exits a shot but it's a gay film made to satiate a hetero audience. 20-May-2019
Blume In Love (1973)
A man thinks he can redeem his indiscretions by realizing his wife is the love of his life. The women keep it real, the story never flinches and George Segal keeps it nervously serial. The outcome is so fucked up it loses its purpose. 14-May-2019
I came close to forgiving the mounting horror cliches because the aspect of a troubled marriage being revived by isolation is worth exploration. Everything pertaining to the forest degrades it. 02-Mar-2019
A Demon Within (2017)
Child is perceived being possessed by a demon because of sudden unruliness or she could just be a teenager. There are times that the act and the tech apply a heft that is worth a better story. Maybe it will play better in the future. 18-Feb-2019
Monster, The (2016)
Mother/daughter toxic relationship sorts itself through bloody conflict. Ella Ballentine shoulders emotional terror as daughter Lizzy and Zoe Kazan is the hopeless and consumed mother who wakes to nurture her survival. The monster is unexplained and unnecessary but is a requirement to drive the message. 13-Feb-2019
House on Sorority Row, The (1983)
Infertile woman defies God by utilizing a mad doctor and unleashing horror onto the environment. The actors make it comfortable, the kills are chopped incoherently and the story decelerates unexpectedly. 06-Feb-2019
Period of Adjustment (1962)
The utters of Fonda and Hutton chanted high. Tony Franciosa kept the octaves low and his charisma forward. John McGiver sets and Mabel Albertson resists becoming the in-law stereotype. They glorified it. Lois Nettleton steals it because she could.
Marriage is deemed a terror, everyone screams their heads off until a surprise gift changes it. It has a loud message but you can still hear it.
Unfortunately, George Roy Hill's absurdity didn't allow Tennessee to be tragic. It's what the writer did best. 03-Jan-2019
House of Tomorrow (2017)
Had they borrowed from Ellen's "no bullshit " persona it would have tugged harder. 29-Dec-2018