Cinema Saturday, 12/5/20

Bombshell

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 49m
Rated: R

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: Charles Randolph

Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie

“If I learned anything this year, it’s to not get sucked into a fight with someone who has better reason to be in it than you do.”

Initial: Three of my favorite female actors in a movie together? Yes, please.

What Did I Think:
Actually, this was more like if the casting director had come up to me and asked, “Also, who are some of your favorite supporting actors? We’re going to put them in a movie about Fox News. But don’t worry, it’ll be alright.” Despite my general fatigue with politics and Fox News culture, I always wanted to see this movie, and, yes, that was due to the cast.

This is very much a movie movie. There are some storytelling conventions that really only film (or TV) can get away with, things like voice over or on-screen text. Bombshell uses those things and uses them well. Charles Randolph also co-wrote The Big Shot, a movie with some of the same techniques, but maybe overuses them. Here the extra information works more closely with the actor’s performances.



You Should Have Left

Year: 2020
Runtime: 1h 33m
Rated: R

Director: David Koepp

Writers: David Koepp, Daniel Kehlmann

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Tiiu Essex

“You shouldn’t curse, young lady. Don’t curse unless you want to be cursed.”

Initial: Back in October, I rewatched Stir of Echoes, the first collaboration between Kevin Bacon and David Koepp. I noted then that the two had a current project that got sidelined by that which is 2020. Now, it’s landed on Peacock streaming.

Production Note: Also like Stir of Echoes, You Should Have Left is based on a novel, by German author Daniel Kehlmann.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead)
This movie doesn’t have very high ratings. While it’s not a great movie, it’s not bad either. It doesn’t quite hold together as well as something like Stir of Echoes, but it has some very nice creepy touches. Mirrors, hallways, and stairways are in the realm of the uncanny. Plus, there aren’t enough movies about haunted houses, not just houses with a ghost. I just wish it was more solidly put together.


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