Monday, November 27, 2017

Coco (2017)

Rated: PG - Runtime: 109 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

This is one of Pixar's better original efforts recently.  They do a good job of laying out the whole Day of the Dead nonsense and providing beautiful and colorful visuals.  The story pretty much follows the Pixar template but has more of their classic wit than I remember in more recent efforts.  But when it goes dark, it goes dark.

They could have wrapped it up about ten minutes before they did, but Pixar always seems to feel the need to stretch out endings for some dumb reason.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Lady Bird (2017)

Rated: R - Runtime: 93 min
tesg's Rating: Three and one half stars (out of four)

This is a GREAT high school dark comedy with a TON of scenes shot rapid fire with not a piece of dialogue wasted. Visuals are just as effectively used to tell the story.

There were times where this movie reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite, times where it reminded me of Silver Linings Playbook, and times where it reminded me of any Hal Hartley feature. I was at four stars on this until the wishy-washy end, but that doesn't stop this from being my favorite movie of the year so far.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Justice League (2017)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 119 min
tesg’s Rating: Three stars (out of four)

Not much to complain about here. It’s a minute shy of two hours, the usual DC brooding is kept to a minimum, and there’s legit humor, especially from The Flash, who has nothing to do with the television series Flash because who needs continuity.

The post-credit scene us a significant teaser for the pretty much guaranteed sequel.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 130 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

My favorite part of this movie was when they threw out the plot twist of the second movie that was clearly designed to set up the third right at the start, because everything about the second movie deserved to be shit on.