Reviews in brief: The Equalizer 2 and Christopher Robin

Sometimes life gives you a movie that has so many interesting moving parts that you just have to write 2,000 to 3,000 words about it. Sometimes life gives you some perfectly-acceptable films that, while they leave room for fleshed out opinions on thm, there just isn’t a lot to talk about it. This week in film did that very thing to me, henchforth this first installment of InReview Briefs. Today’s lineup comprises of “The Equalizer 2” and Disney’s “Christopher Robin.”

So let’s just jump into it. Continue reading “Reviews in brief: The Equalizer 2 and Christopher Robin”

Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time

Here we go again.

When I first saw that subtitle for the new “Mamma Mia!” film, I read it with some contempt. Memories of Pierce Brosnan and pre-“Into The Woods” Meryl Streep singing plagued my memories, and I couldn’t sleep. I put “Mamma Mia!” 2 on my most anticipated summer movies list only because I thought that certainly there was no way it could be good. It was a sequel to a movie based on a musical that butchered the “musical” part by forcing tone-deaf celebrities to sing, only saved by its fantastical cinematography and ABBA soundtrack. It’s a film that I’ve never been able to finish, though to be fair, I’ve never been given the first film a proper shot. Jukebox musical romantic comedies aren’t exactly my cup of tea, but I’m a firm believer that with effort, any good genre film can be enjoyed based on the codes and conventions of its native genre, the trick is just picking up on them and adjusting your expectations accordingly.

So for the second film, I was actually able to get into it.  Continue reading “Mamma Mia! 2 is a goofy, fun time”

Aquaman will probably dissapoint

“Man of Steel” disappointed. “Batman v. Superman” bombed in a spectacular fashion. “Suicide Squad” bombed. “Wonder Woman” was genuinely good. And “Justice League” was just ok.

And now we have “Aquaman.” Oh, Aquaman. “My man!” as Jason Momoa’s bafoonish testosterone-induced version of the character would say.

But you’re not my man. You’re no one’s man. You’re Jason Momoa playing an overcompensation of a traditionally mild-mannered joke of a character, stuck in between Zack Snyder’s dark and gloomy ugly-CGI “Man of Steel” Universe, and Joss Whedon’s over-corrected “Justice League” Universe. Momoa’s portrayal of the character is one of identity crisis, and the only sample of his character we saw was in a poorly-written by-the-numbers movie that didn’t know what it wanted to be. I hate to say it, but Momoa’s impact as Aquaman was as noticeable as any of the disposable “Suicide Squad” characters, and I would have you know that I mean that in the nicest way possible (“Suicide Squad” is a guilty pleasure of mine); that’s to say, he didn’t offend, like the god-awful Jared Leto Joker we got in that film, but he didn’t make an impact, either.  Continue reading “Aquaman will probably dissapoint”

James Gunn and the difficult case of evil artists

I held off giving a hot take on this issue while it was still trending because that often leads to me putting out a crappy, half-formed opinion on the matter. Now, when it is certain that almost no one will read this because the public has since moved on to the next big things in entertainment news (“Mamma Mia” 2 and “Team Titans Go! To the Movies” are good?!), I’m willing to throw my small voice into the matter. Continue reading “James Gunn and the difficult case of evil artists”

The Berkshire County movie you never knew about

I live in Berkshire County, Mass., not that you would know that given the content of this website. It’s a quiet, quaint little corner of Massachusetts where quite frankly not a lot happens, at least when you consider all the attractions over the border into New York or in the Eastern part of the state, so I was surprised when I typed in “Berkshire County Movie” in Google and a real movie popped up, created by a real filmmaker that made rounds in film festivals in 2014 and 2015. Continue reading “The Berkshire County movie you never knew about”

Ant-Man and the Wasp Review #7,456,247

Yes, I’m finally reviewing this. It’s been a whole week since this came out, meaning that I’ve missed the Google search engine wave for this film by, say, three weeks when you account for early reviews.

But I talked about this film last week in my box office predictions column, so here you go! The obligatory “Ant-Man and the Wasp” review! Continue reading “Ant-Man and the Wasp Review #7,456,247”

Let’s stop pretending that everything is not on the line

Elections come and go. You have your opinions, I have mine. Our social media allows us both to only see the truths about he world that we like, even putting in a few white and black lies to make us feel better every so often.

I don’t have to listen to you, nor do you have to listen to me, and we are not obligated at all in this same way to care about people from other towns, states, regions, and countries, nor are we obligated to show any sort of consideration for them. If you’re in business, it’s the exact opposite, as foreign workers are portrayed as things to be exploited for maximum profit, something you are free to do with little to no repercussions outside of the occasional bad PR. Continue reading “Let’s stop pretending that everything is not on the line”