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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Movie: Manborg (2011)
“A soldier, brought back to life as a cyborg, fights alongside a band of adventurers against demon hordes in a dystopian future.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
The Lodge (2020)
“A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.”
This is an atmospheric slow burn that is a little long-winded in some areas but is anchored by a haunting performance by Riley Keough and some subtle twists to keep you on your toes. The directors behind Goodnight Mommy delivered an eerie and at times uncomfortable thriller similar to their 2014 debut effort. How they are able to get solid performances from child actors is incredible in itself. There is definitely some inspiration from classics like The Thing and The Shining by them telling a story of isolation that creeps under your skin. Without giving too much away, there is a part where I thought this was taking a turn into bonkers territory but was pleasantly surprised it didn’t go there so it didn’t feel like a more recent horror classic. There was some fat that could have been trimmed and it could have gone further into more horror for my taste but overall is worth a watch if you enjoy these types of films. (4/5)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
“A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.”
I enjoyed this but at the end of the day, it was an above-average film that isn’t very memorable. I think there were some funny and endearing moments but it had a tough time balancing the different tones it was trying to manage. There was some real heaviness here that I feel could have been more fully developed to really hammer home the anti-hate message. All the performances were spot on with youngsters Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates just killing it. I think Thomasin McKenzie is a future star just waiting to break out in more dramatic roles. (4/5)
The Rover (2014)
“10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.”
I was not of fan of this. I think Robert Pattinson is solid and is another example of why people should take him seriously as an actor. Guy Pearce did an intense job and was very intriguing but after the first few minutes, I just couldn’t get into anything that was happening. If these performances were in a better movie, this film would be talked about more and be a lot more memorable. (3/5)
“For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.”
This movie is just a trip that can become more confusing as it unfolds or is actually so simple that you accept it as a solid time travel movie. Ethan Hawke is great as always but Sarah Snook steals the show and feels like she should be a bigger star by now. This is a movie I would love to a long conversation about but it’s tough without spoiling anything for people who haven’t seen it yet. My rating hinges on how I determine how much sense it actually makes and I haven’t figured that out yet. Worth a watch either way. (???/5)
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