Friday, July 26, 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Rated: R - Runtime: 159 min
tesg's Rating: Two and one half stars (out of four)

There are great movies you can watch over and over again. There are great albums you can listen to again and again. Absolute classics. But hanging around watching them be created would for most people be like watching paint dry, and a lot of this movie feels like you're watching the creative process instead of the actual movie.

It's interesting at points, it has lots of very pretty women and things to look at, and a lot of interesting characters. But none of the supporting characters really get a chance to be showcased, and the whole thing just isn't as clever as you'd expect from Tarantino.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 129 min
tesg's Rating: Three stars (out of four)

This is easily the best of the post Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, which has had like three different iterations if you count the animated "Into the Spiderverse" nonsense.

Parker and his classmates are on a summer school trip to Europe to see cool shit and maybe get laid.  Trouble erupts and Nick Fury enlists Spidey to help.  A  plot twist Helen Keller could have seen coming ensues, and then stuff needs a fixin'.  But it works because it's light and fun, which is sorely needed after the Avengers opus.

Sony did the last movie, "Homecoming", in cooperation with Marvel and Disney to get Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This movie feels more like something Marvel/Disney did themselves, then handed over to Sony for distribution.  It's that much better.