Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Vice (2018)

Rated: R - Runtime: 132 min
tesg’s Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

Simply put, it’s a shameless one-sided political hit piece.  The film makers even have a copout to it’s accuracy with an opening disclaimer that ends with “We tried our fucking best”.  Still, as one-sided political hit pieces go, it’s a pretty good one.  It’s biggest issue is overstaying its welcome.

Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams do a fine job made up as their respective characters, but you still recognize them as Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, and Amy Adams.  But Christian Bale?  Holy crap.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Aquaman (2018)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 143 min
tesg's Rating: Four stars (out of four)

This obviously won't be a four-star movie for everyone, but I was suckered in from the word go.  It's got the love story, it's got the humor, it's got the predictable plot twist (which, despite the fact I guessed was coming, still practically made me shout out "YES! YES!  HOLY SHIT YES!" when it came), it's got the cheesy internal battle for control of an ancient fantasy world, it's got the fight scenes, and it's got the epic battle, and they're all some of the best in the superhero genre.  The fight scenes are shot single camera video game-style with the visuals circling and hovering above the action in a way that can't possibly be real.  And the battle scenes aren't blurry incomprehensible messes.  They ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE as you watch them.  It's like the biggest budget Roger Corman movie ever.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Mule (2018)

Rated: R - Runtime: 116 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

This is apparently based on a true story of a 90 year-old drug mule who got away with some significant runs based on the fact that nobody would suspect him. It plays at a slow, low-key pace that kind of aligns with the primary character. I've seen some reviews complaining about that, particularly in regards to the parts Lawrence Fishburne and Bradley Cooper play as DEA agents, but as someone who spent 20 years working closely with DEA and other agencies, I can attest this is pretty much how they operate.