Archive for March, 2019

Movie Mayhem – Five Feet Apart

Five Feet Apart — 2019; Directed by Justin Baldoni; Starring Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Parminder Nagra

You know what you’ll be getting before even purchasing a ticket to a film about cancer or terminal illness. There will be plenty of discussions concerning the illness itself and how it affects everyone around it; there will be plenty of jokes about having the illness; there will be a death of a pivotal character that will help someone in the film find some sort of truth; the third act will be, in a lot of ways, bittersweet; and there will be lots of tears from the viewing audience. Five Feet Apart doesn’t back away from any of these tropes, but it still manages to build upon them in a creative way that the film doesn’t feel so much like just another teen cancer movie, but a song for life and the need we all have for companionship, love and family.

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Movie Mayhem – Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel — 2019; Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck; Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Benning, and Clark Gregg

It’s been 11 years since Marvel began their journey of creating one of the most lucrative cinematic universes in film history. Through those many years, there’s been some major highs (Iron Man hitting big, Captain America: Winter Soldier changing the game, Guardians of the Galaxy proving little-known titles could also score big, Black Panther nominated for a best picture Oscar, and securing a deal with Sony for the rights to include Spider-Man) as well as a few stumbling blocks (director controversies; Thor: The Dark World), but even the most mediocre film in their arsenal is better than sitting through Suicide Squad. So, it’s a bit hard to talk about Marvel’s newest entry, Captain Marvel, not because it’s bad, but because it comes off a little flat in comparison to the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Movie Mayhem – Greta

Greta — 2019; Directed by Neil Jordan; Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Isabelle Huppert and Maika Monroe

Chloë Grace Moretz is a terrific actress. There is no disputing that. However, with the release of Greta, the new thriller in which she stars as the focus of a lonely, mentally-unstable stalker named Greta (Isabelle Huppert), I’m starting to believe that she is not suited to be a star. By this I mean, Moretz is much more powerful as a character actor, someone who is more suited to be part of an ensemble, or support others as opposed to standing in the spotlight.

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