We’re halfway through August (give or take a few days) but I’d like to flash back to July to talk about some of the films I’ve watched between then and now. So although the title of this post is somewhat of a misnomer, I hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me anyway.
The Mediocre Watches- Game Over Man, Mute, and The Package (Netflix):
One of these films is not like the rest. If you guessed the dark and fascinating concept of Mute the you’re absolutely right. Whereas the other two films focus on dark comedy and genitalia in pretty even measures, Mute is a bleak story without much consolation. In many ways it reminded me of one particular episode of the excellent adaptation of Altered Carbon, however it was not quite as realized from a story standpoint as it could or should’ve been. The Package had a few smirk worthy one-liners but outside of that it was terrible and not worth the time. Game Over Man (forget the punctuation, forget the plot) was a comedic Die Hard wannabe with interesting moments and a splattering of gore.
Final Grades: Mute 6/10, Game Over Man 4/10, The Package 2/10
The Cults of Personality- Eyes Wide Shut, Red Dragon, and Constantine (Netflix):
I’ll take whatever flak will come my way for stating that the filmmakers milked Hannibal for all he was worth in turning three films and a prequel film into worthy Sir Anthony Hopkins performances in the nineties and early thousands. Red Dragon is neither the best nor worst film in that series however it is worthy of the cult attraction in terms of character building and eventually setting up plot lines of the far superior television show era Will Graham as well (sorry Ed Norton). Eyes Wide Shut, as with most anything To Cruise touches is gritty gold and very, very intriguing and mind bending at times. Constantine is the odd one out here but certainly not as terrible as it could’ve been despite Keanu Reeves doing his best Shatner interpretation with each choked out syllable.
Final Grades: Eyes Wide Shut 8/10, Red Dragon 7/10, Constantine 6/10
Worthy Newcomers- Set It Up, Father of the Year, Message from the King (Netflix):
The three films in this particular segment vary wildly in tone and quality however the most important thing to note is that they do what they promise very well and deliver on that tone. Whereas two are comedies through and through and have their fair share of cringe worthy and hilarious moments, the third is also a gritty performance pre-Black Panther by Chadwick Boseman and an excellent low-budget revenge flick. Set It Up is cliched and yet a wild ride all the same and one I enjoyed and was fond of by the end. Father of the Year is a typical David Spade romp and brings back memories of better movies and moments as well. Message from the King is an entertaining fight and has several well-choreographed moments to a dark score.
Final Grades: Set It Up 8/10, Message from the King 7/10, Father of the Year 6/10
Movie Theater Mayhem- Uncle Drew and Mission Impossible Fallout (Theater):
These two films were phenomenal for a number of good reasons. Uncle Drew is one sketch after another that has a great cast as well as great moral by the end of the lighthearted romp. Mission Impossible Fallout is the best movie in a grand series and one that ensures it has a bright future to come despite some characters not appearing and others ending their series spanning tenure. Kyrie Irving proved he has handles as well as plenty of ‘young blood’ jokes for us youngsters on and off the court. Tom Cruise proved his resilience and seemingly inhuman ability to heal and release an excellent product yet again.
Final Grade: Mission Impossible Fallout 9/10, Uncle Drew 8/10