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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Watch on Netflix: Bird Box (2018)


2018 has given us quite a few reasons to believe that women can do more in Hollywood than what they’ve been regulated to do. Similar to the science-fiction film Annihilation (romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, crime-drama Widows - to name a few) released earlier this year, Bird Box is another example of an unexpected film telling a different kind of story than the ones we’re always to used to: female roles can be complex, actresses don’t have to stick a certain genre, and men can be more than be the only strong character.

Based on the book by Josh Mallerman (which I’m anxiously reading right now), a mysterious virus triggers people into killing themselves and sparks an international apocalypse. Mallory, an artistic hermit who is not prepare to give birth to her child let alone the end of the world, must fight to step outside of her shell in order to survive. Forced to live alongside fellow survivors – an Army vet Tom (Trevant Rhodes), an MAGA conspiratorial Douglas (John Malkovich), a young and naive pregnant woman Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) - she has to remain guarded enough to stay alive but also not lose all hope in humanity.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ocean's Eight (2018) Plays It A Little Too Cool

Ocean's 8 Movie Review
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
Since Ocean's 8 started stitching its cast list together in 2017, the reboot to Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's franchise took on huge expectations and a need to prove assumptions wrong before it ever hit theaters. Despite how epic the cast is or big the anticipation (or sleek the trailers are), sometimes the power to make a good movie isn't with those on the poster; it's with the actual powers-that-be. And unfortunately, this director plays it way too cool and practically topples the film like a house of cards.

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), estranged sister to Danny Ocean (George Clooney), spent five years, eight months, and twelve days in jail with one thing on her mind: pulling off her next con. Reunited with her team of grifters - Lou (Cate Blanchett), Amita (Mindy Kaling), Tammy (Sarah Paulson), Constance (Awkwafina), Nine Ball (Rihanna), Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), they make Hollywood's biggest star Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) and jewelry powerhouse Cartier their next target. But Ocean's jewel heist isn't just any jewel heist: all she aims to do is break inside the Met Gala and walk out with $150,000,000. Easy.