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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Movie: Mega Time Squad (2018)
“John steals money and a bracelet/temporal dislocator from a Chinese antique shop. Fleeing, he triggers the device and goes minutes back in time. The time travels result in new Johns and they form the Mega Time Squad.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
Marriage Story (2019)
“Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.”
You can read my full review here.
The Farewell (2019)
“A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.”
I enjoyed this as a heartwarming and thought-provoking dramedy. It was interesting to see the cultural differences but at the same time some similarities of how we handle bad news concerning a loved one. The acting was solid and I enjoyed Awkwafina’s performance. This was my first exposure to her and thought she handled her role well. I liked her voice. I do feel like it could have gone deeper though. It just felt like it was scratching the surface of what it could have been. (4/5)
Knives Out (2019)
“A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.”
This was a well made and well-acted movie that had some fun moments but overall didn’t land with me. I thought it was good and a solid film but nothing great. The cast is the real standout here but I was expecting more of an ensemble murder mystery instead of it focusing more on one character. Why should I care about any of these people? Maybe because of the lazy want to be commentary on illegal immigration and the bad rich white people? Or the cute little quirk of one character (that matters) that just happens to have the condition of puking when she lies? There just wasn’t a lot of meat. I enjoyed most of the first to acts but the third felt messy. Toni Collete and Ana de Armas stood out above the rest to me. I didn’t care for Daniel Craig’s Foghorn Leghorn caricature but he had his moments too. I have minor other issues but I still recognize the technical aspects that were on point. I just wanted something different. It’s a solid above average movie. (4/5)
“In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.”
I put this off for a long time expecting to dislike this movie. The premise was just silly and was what I hated about this technology bubble that society lives in. But dammit if I didn’t love this movie. Phoneix, of course, does a solid job but I was blown away by how engaging Scarlet Johansson was with her voice work. She felt like a real person which helps you buy into the premise. It was cute, funny, awkward in the right way and well done all around. But those damn high waist pants though! What are those?! (4.5/5)
“A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.”
Oh boy. This movie was horrendous. Possibly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I was expecting to at least get a captivating performance from Octavia Spencer but that didn’t happen outside a couple of small moments. That’s really the most positive thing I can say about this dud. Oh, there was one brief moment of horror that was solid that involved a needle and thread. It’s not worth sitting through this awfulness though. (0.5/5)
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