BEHIND THE CURVE (Daniel J. Clark, 2018)

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It was fascinating to hear all the fictional films (The Truman Show, Jerry Maguire, Fight Club, Life of Brian, Spectre) referenced by the lead Flat Earther.

That ending was just oh so brutal! Ina Reformina wouldn’t like this at all.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published March 4, 2019.)

BLACK PANTHER (Ryan Coogler, 2018)

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Succeeded as a celebration of such a rich African culture (those costumes!!), but faltered a bit with a seemingly weak storyline. Most of the good scenes involved my new favorite star Letitia Wright, who I recently watched in the Black Museum episode of Black Mirror.

I was surprised with the lackluster action scenes, especially after the excellently-staged boxing matches in Coogler’s Creed (side note: watch Fruitvale Station!!). Chadwick Boseman in the lead also felt bland. Maybe he should have switched roles with the magnetic Michael B. Jordan (or even Daniel Kaluuya).

Still worth a look though, even just for that one scene with Danai Gurira viciously mocking her wig.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published February 18, 2018.)

EVERY DAY (Michael Sucsy, 2018)

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Another reason why I’m not too fond of film adaptations of good books. No matter what they do, they will always pale in comparison with what my imagination conjured up while reading.

The charming and fantastical novel in my head just turned into a corny, sluggish, and creepy public service reminder on the dangers of meetups and related STDs. Eek!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published February 25, 2018.)