Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer get into more trouble than it’s worth in Ben Wheatley’s action-comedy ‘Free Fire’. Through its first act, ‘Free Fire’ feels like a climax heavy rip-off of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’, with an equal (yet maybe more or less) amount of F-bombs, more bloody violence, and no back story to compare it to. Most of it even feels like an extended short film; for that, I will praise ‘Free Fire’. As much as I feel this is ripping off one of my favorite movies of the 90’s (and possibly one of the best Tarantino films of all time), I found ‘Free Fire’ to be quite original and bold.
So far, 2017 has been full of decent movies, yet we still had a couple of stinkers (‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘Power Rangers’). Still, the year is not over yet; and since summer is on its way, this feels like the time to list my top 10 anticipated movies of the summer; from May to August.
“20 years just flown by, yeah?” Spud (Ewen Bremner) says during a confrontation between all four main characters of the first ‘Trainspotting’; directed by Danny Boyle (who also returned to direct this sequel to the classic film) and based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh. It feels like 20 years HAS passed. I was about 2 years old when the first ‘Trainspotting’ came out, but being that I was a toddler at the time, was too young to even be aware of, or exposed to it. It wasn’t until 2014 when I watched the film on Netflix, and I had to say that it was a tolerable watch that didn’t strike me as one of the best films ever made, but was enough for me to anticipate this long-awaited sequel. Let me tell you that ‘T2 Trainspotting’ was worth the wait.
Peyo’s most famous blue creatures are back in not only their first animated theatrical outing since 1976’s ‘The Smurfs and the Magic Flute’, but also their first theatrical film since ‘The Smurfs 2’ (a sequel to the critically bashed live-action/CGI outing). Thankfully, the smurfs are back in animated form, and for the most part, ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ is passable. It is a beautifully animated movie which kind of takes you back to the golden days of animation (‘The Peanuts Movie’, and the upcoming ‘Captain Underpants’ movie have attempted that same effort in nostalgic 3D which feels like 2D), and it does feel like a cartoon converted into 3D.
Story Through Music
Flowers of Evil, or Aku no Hana, is another ABC show that had not seen prior it to it winning the vote. Through it’s 13 episodes run, I experienced the most bizarre coming of age story coupled with a self-acceptance story that I have seen to date. Most striking, however, was the music. You could almost get away with just watching the OP and ED of each episode (with a minor amount of context) and fully comprehend the narrative of this anime. Continue reading
Saw Your Name This Friday
It was great.
More than that really. This is the kind of film that speaks to me pretty deeply, and I enjoyed it quite a lot.
I’m not really going to review the film or talk about how great the story was, how the characters were likable, or any of that. Instead, I’m going to keep it short and simple. Your Name is an experience, an experience that people should have. Even if you don’t like anime, give this one a shot.
What you’ll find is a compelling and human story that runs the emotional gambit. It can be silly at times. Sad at times. Happy at times. Funny… the list goes on. The point is, the film lives up to all they hype and attention it got and it would be a waste not to give it a moment of your time. So, if you have the chance, sit down and watch Your Name. Really watch it, with no distractions, and I promise it will be well worth your time.
A quick update for you all about my state of affairs. I’ve just entered my final term of University this week and have unfortunately discovered that this final stretch of schooling is going to be unfathomably busy for me. In short, I’m not going to be posting much over the course of the next 3 months.
I’ll still be around of course but don’t expect the level of activity I’ve been managing of late. Articles will be published by me during this 3 month period of low activity, just far more sparse than I would otherwise enjoy. With that being said, let me tell you what I do have planned for this month at least.
Later this week I’ll be putting up my ABC review of Flowers of Evil which will certainly be interesting. I have really loved doing these ABC reviews and I hope you have been enjoying them as well. Additionally, I’ll be seeing Your Name on Friday and will do a write up of some kind after I see it.
For the remainder of the month I will likely not tackle much else but expect to see Jacob (the guy who does most of the film reviews on here) post from time to time. I may put up another voting round for the G round of ABC’s that would be open for an extended period of time.
Wish me luck on my journey to complete my degree.