The fourth chapter in the often inventive yet shoddily written franchise, where crime is legal once a year, delivers an unpleasant, visceral assault with uneven results
“Theres something almost great about the Purge movies. Unlike so many other recent horror franchises, the creatives involved flirt with larger socio-political issues as well as providing the murderous mayhem that genre fans crave. The nifty, troubling concept, that sees all crime legalized for one 12-hour period a year, has allowed for a number of entry points for conversations about class, race and capitalism. Yet still, not one of the three films thus far has managed to take this combination of grisly nihilism and bleak social commentary and turn it into something that truly soars.
After 2016s The Purge: Election Year, the most overtly political entry yet, the story is going back to the beginning to trace the decision-making process that led to the inception of the tradition. With America in a believably fraught state (the introductory montage informs us of rising unemployment, mass opioid addiction and an escalating mortgage crisis), the presiding party, the nationalist, ultra-religious New Founding Fathers of America, develops an idea that could potentially reduce skyrocketing crime rates: what if everything was legal for half a day, once a year? Would the annual release of anger and violence lead to criminal abstinence for the remaining 364 and a half days?
To test out their thesis, a pilot scheme is arranged for those living on Staten Island. If citizens dont want to get involved they can leave for the night but for those willing to stay, theres a financial benefit and, inevitably, the experiment attracts those within poorer communities. But while psychologist Dr May Updale (Marisa Tomei) predicts that it will be a cathartic release of hate and violence, in actuality, residents mostly choose to party instead. Human nature does not obey the laws of politics, she says. For those in charge, this isnt good enough and to achieve the desired result, they send in trained killers to stir up trouble. Local crime boss Dmitri (Insecures YLan Noel) and his childhood friend, activist Nya (Superflys Lex Scott Davis) are then forced to defend their neighborhood and survive the night.
As patchy as the series may have been, theres still something admirably dogged in writer-director James DeMonacos attempts to expand not only the Purge universe but the mythology embedded within it. Such fan service is…..”
Ryan Gosling’s ‘First Man’ is an Awe-inspiring Space Spectacle
Ryan Gosling, Corey Stoll, and Lukas Haas in Damien Chazelle’s First Man.
“First Man is a big film about the small things that went into an enormous event.
It’s no spoiler that the climax here is Neil Armstrong’s 1969 walk on the moon. For the first 90 minutes, though, First Man holds back on the inherent drama of that premise.
It follows Neil (Ryan Gosling) as he makes his way through the NASA ranks, and at home as he mourns the death of his young daughter. It spends time on a bunch of promising missions that go nowhere, and on complex questions the engineers will have to solve. There’s some action sprinkled in there, and a few precious moments of euphoria. Mostly, it’s sweating the small stuff.
That choice is puzzling at first, even frustrating: We know the guy gets to the moon, so let’s get on with it already! Why are we wasting time with all this minutiae?
But those tedious concerns and disappointing dead ends are exactly the point. First Man is about work, and more specifically about the enormous amount of work (and luck) that goes into an achievement as momentous as the moon landing. It demands patience, but it gave back what I put into it several times over.
Director Damien Chazelle keeps his eye on the unromantic details that usually get glossed over in retellings of historical events. Literally: Much of this movie is composed of shots of dials, switches, and the top half of Gosling’s face……………………..”
David Gordon Green’s ‘Halloween’ is a satisfying treat
Laurie Strode and Michael Myers face off once more in the new Halloween.
Like most long-running horror franchises, the Halloween series has seen its share of ups and downs over the decades.
But those skeptical of the newest incarnation, directed by David Gordon Green, can put their fears to rest. This one’s good. Really good.
Faced with the challenge of sorting out the messy mythology of the sequels, Green (along with his co-writers, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley) doesn’t even try. Although there are references to the others, only the original Halloween is completely canon here, and all of its relevant plot points are recapped in the new Halloween.
That said, it’s still a good idea to (re)watch the 1978 film before going into the 2018 one, because it’ll make the latter all the more satisfying. Green has fun recreating or subverting specific images and sequences from the first film – maybe too much fun, if you were hoping for something more surprising.
The premise is this: 40 years have passed since the first Halloween, and Michael Myers has spent all that time in prison. But he manages to escape just in time for his favorite holiday, and naturally he goes after Laurie Strode, the girl who survived his last killing spree. She, in turn, has spent the past 40 years waiting and preparing for just this occasion.
In that time, Michael’s notoriety has only grown. People are fascinated by this silent enigma, for all sorts of foolish reasons. Is he capable of rehabilitation, or is he an incorrigible force of pure evil? What might he say if he ever spoke? What’s going on in his head? What’s it like to be in his head?
A Star is Born Review: It Makes a Movie Star out of Lady Gaga and a Star Director out of Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born.
“It’s the same story told over and over. All the artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes.”
The character who utters this line in A Star is Born is talking about music, but he may as well be talking about the movie he’s in. This is the third remake of an 81-year-old movie, one whose beats are so familiar that you’ll recognize them even if you’ve never laid eyes on any of the other versions.
There’s the sad celebrity self-medicating with booze and drugs, the talented ingenue who becomes an overnight sensation, the whirlwind romance threatened by the cold, hard light of day. You can see where all of it is headed from two miles away.
But that doesn’t matter, not when Bradley Cooper is executing the formula so well. From the view at TIFF, A Star is Born looks to be a commercial and critical success that’ll have people buzzing all fall, and maybe even into this winter’s awards season. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Lady Gaga is a movie star, baby
That Gaga had pipes worthy of a movie musical was never in doubt. But A Star is Born proves she’s a hell of an actor, too. Her Ally has the more dramatic arc of the movie, evolving from bright-eyed nobody to glamorous pop star, and Gaga’s performance rings true every step of the way. For large swaths of the movie, I forgot that I was watching at one of the most famous musicians in the world – she was just Ally.
2. Bradley Cooper has a bright future as a director
A Star is Born is Bradley Cooper’s debut as a director, but you’d never know it by watching. This film has the surefootedness of someone who’s done this a dozen times before, and made me curious to see what he might get up to next.
Oh, and another of Cooper’s gifts as a director? He’s very good at directing one Bradley Cooper. Jackson Maine is one of Cooper’s most riveting performances – Cooper knows exactly how to bring out the nuances playing across Jack’s face in the many scenes he spends gazing at Ally.
3. The chemistry between Cooper and Gaga is
When Jack and Ally meet for the first time, it’s not immediately apparent just how hot this connection is going to run. Cooper gives his characters time to warm up to each other, letting them goof around and reveal their personalities before they fall for each other – so that when they do finally connect, it feels like watching a house catch fire.
4. The music might give you chills
The best moment in A Star is Born is also the best moment from the A Star is Born trailer: The absolute wail that comes from Gaga’s throat during the song “Shallow,” the first time Jack and Ally perform together onstage…………………………..”
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