Rate That Movie Part IV: Movies Never Sleep

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Flux Gourmet 1/10

Peter Strickland tries to emulate Bunuel and Peter Greenaway and the end result is a disgusting and misogynistic film that doesn't seem to have much of a point. Any semblance of a plot seems to quickly thrown away in favor of style and shock and it makes me wonder if Strickland is even trying to make something that we won't forget in five minutes. He might have gotten away from gialli homages but this latest homage to esoteric art is less satire and more becoming what it's trying to make fun of...but far worse. And the whole set-up and reveal of the alleged storyline is a complete slap to the face.

It's as if the whole concept of Flux Gourmet was designed to be a joke. Only no one is laughing and it makes me detest it even more.
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Nope 8/10

This might be Jordan Peele's best film yet, a sci-fi/horror/neo-Western hybrid that brings to mind some of the best of Steven Spielberg. Despite being over two hours, there is very little flab in this one, featuring possibly Peele's most realistic characters, a sense of tension often lacking in today's alien invasion movies, and a general note that isn't like many recent sci-fi films. It might not get the recognition that Get Out did but I liked this one more than that one and it really shows how much Peele is growing as a director, now being out of Jason Blum's shadow and being able to get total creative control. It also makes me wonder why Universal decided to make a play for Nolan when this is a much more satisfying 65mm-shot tentpole than what Nolan's been doing lately (by the way, I'm not getting good vibes from Oppenheimer based on the teaser shown before this).

All in all, a summer blockbuster that actually does deliver the goods.
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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On 10/10

Yes, you were probably expecting this. The expansion of the short films to a feature ends up making for possibly the most beautiful and emotional film this year. You watch this little seashell's journey to find his family and you can't help but feel for him throughout the highs (being an Internet celebrity and going on 60 Minutes) and the lows (finding out that fame can be a double-edged sword). The script is intelligent and filled with the empathy many modern Hollywood films lack while the animation is beautiful and extremely detailed. I don't think I've enjoyed an animated film this much since Wall-E (funny that this felt more like Pixar than Lightyear did).

It's too bad that it hasn't gotten the push that it should have because I feel there is something for everyone with this film. The audience I saw it with also loved it and it really could have been one of those word-of-mouth movies if the distributor had pushed it harder. But there's always VOD, physical media, and Showtime for Marcel to find the wider audience he deserves. Because he's worth it.
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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris 7/10

Likeable period film with Lesley Manville as a cleaning lady who goes to Paris after a string of good luck and ends up making new friends, developing a romance with an aristocrat, and helps turn around the fortunes of the House of Dior. It definitely more like a film from 1957 than 2022 with its simple but effective premise and its emphasis on characters and the production is of very high quality. I didn't like it as much of some of the other recent UK-based period comedies but it's a nice way to spend two hours.

Unrelated to the actual movie, I might have seen this in the nicest AMC auditorium I've ever been in. Formerly a Cinetopia, this auditorium was like someone's private screening room, with recliners, couches, ottomans, pillows, and even a fireplace. Too bad I could hear all of Paws of Fury next door.
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Nope – (5/10)

This summer's movie I only saw because of the air-conditioning is wildly inventive one minute then lazy and derivative the next. It's as uneven and slapdash as Get Out was tightly focused, relying far too much on convenient coincidences and contrived plot points. It might be the weirdest movie to ever debut at #1 at the box office, but apart from that it's wholly unremarkable.

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I'd say Jackass 3-D might be the weirdest #1 opener ever, just for some of the grosser stunts.
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Bullet Train 2/10

A mindless and often pointless action film that might have more flashbacks than brain cells. Filled with massively underdeveloped characters that exist solely to be killed or tortured and a plotline that's about as long as the queue to the express train of a ghost town, the film cheats its way to fill its two-hour plus run time with said flashbacks and violence (plus some really obvious CGI). The thing that amazes me is how they got Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock to appear in this. These two are much better than the script and hack direction they've been stuck with. The whole thing feels like you're watching a generic straight-to-DVD film from the mid 2000's but with an actual budget.

The end result is meaningless and instantly forgettable. It might have worked with someone like Takeshi Miike under the helm but it still would have been a lesser project for him.
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Boosh saw Bullet Train before me? Good work M. Night!!!
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