Mom and Dad (2017) | Movie Review

[Header Image: Nicolas Cage as Brent Ryan | Momentum Pictures]

“It’s a Sawzall. That means it saws ALL!”

Oh, boy, was this a wild ride. I really should have guessed knowing that Brian Taylor was behind the directing and writing. Let’s just say this, Mom and Dad is pretty bizarre and incredibly fun. It takes a very simple concept — parents across a suburban community find themselves with the uncontrollable desire to kill their children — and just goes to town with it. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to go into this with zero expectations and ready to have an entertaining time. It’s not the type of movie that should be deeply analysed or overthought. Sitting at just under an hour and a half, it hits the ground running and wastes no time in dragging you on this journey that is both hilarious and oddly intriguing. If you’ve seen any of Taylor’s previous work (like Crank or Happy!) you’ll have some rough idea of what you’re possibly going to get yourself into.

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Knives out (2019) | Movie Reivew

[Header Image: Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc and Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera | Lionsgate]

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Seriously, I think Knives Out is way better if you go into it not knowing anything at all. Like most mysteries, it’s a lot more entertaining not to have the answers prior so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read this review. That being said, you can find a spoiler-free review over on my letterboxd account.

“It’s a weird case from the start. A case with a hole in the centre. A doughnut.”

At the time of writing this, I have just finished watching Knives Out. I don’t always like to write these reviews immediately after, preferring to wait a few hours at least, but this one just felt appropriate. I’ll start by saying this, I enjoyed this movie very much and I’ll most likely re-watch it again sometime in the future.

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Hustlers (2019) | Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

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“We were fucking hurricanes, weren’t we?”

From the moment the first trailer for Hustlers dropped, I was intrigued and I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint. This entire movie was a blast. I genuinely had the best time watching it and I can honestly say that it was all done incredibly well.

Hustlers is based on the article The Hustlers at Scores by Jessica Pressler meaning there was at least some kind of jumping off point. Even so, I would say the movie does a pretty fantastic job at bringing the essence of that article to the big screen while also creating something that you can follow even if have never heard the story before. Hustlers sucks you in from the very beginning and keeps your attention without really having to try. Whether it be the performances, the slight shift in tone between present day and the past, or even something as simple as the music, at the end of the day there’s always something to focus on and keep you entertained.

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Eighth Grade (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

[Header Image: Elsie Fisher as Kayla Day | A24]

“But it’s like, being yourself is, like, not changing yourself to impress someone else.”

I’ve been waiting so long to see this movie and thanks to an eight hour flight I took recently, I finally got to!

Eighth Grade follows Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) throughout her last days before she starts high school. Along the way we see that she has her own youtube channel and while everyone at school believes she’s quiet, Kayla thinks she’s actually quite talkative and even a little outgoing when you get to know her.

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The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

Everything about the Fundamentals of Caring is big, but it’s also very simplistic. It never overdoes it. It’s the ideal movie to watch if you want a casual, nice day in. I watched it on a Sunday and it was so perfect. I felt content, happy, and inspired by the time the movie was finished.

The story follows teenager Trevor, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and his caregiver Ben, who decide to go on a road trip. Along the way they meet some new people, and see some roadside attractions.

I won’t tell you anymore than that. I won’t tell you why they take the road trip or where their ultimate destination is. It’ll be much better going into it with no idea. I did and it was great discovering everything as I went along.

For me this movie was so funny that every time I managed to stop laughing it wasn’t too long before I was starting up again. Don’t let that fool you though, this movie knows exactly what it’s doing. Kevin of course has his limitations and difficulties, and the movie doesn’t sugar coat that, it doesn’t pretend that there aren’t any, but it doesn’t just leave it there. It instead chooses to explore all of the things that Kevin can do, and how he can overcome some of those limitations and difficulties with a little help (in this case from Ben).

The movie doesn’t show a perfect world where Kevin can do everything he wants, because that wouldn’t be realistic, but on the other hand it also doesn’t show a dark and gloomy world where life isn’t worth living. It finds that perfect balance where things are hard, and sometimes seem impossible, but also how life can be bright and wonderful.

I personally found the movie very funny, the kind where you can’t sit still and doesn’t seem to want to end. Whether you find it that funny will come down to whether or not you like the kind of humour. Trust me, you’ll learn pretty early on in the movie whether or not you’re going to find it as funny as I did or not.

The casting was perfect, like always Paul Rudd knocks it out of the park, but so do the other cast like Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, and maybe others. (See the full list here). You find yourself falling in love with these characters and wanting to see as much of their stories as possible. It’s interesting to see how all of their paths cross and what comes of it.

The Fundamentals of Caring is just a really great movie to watch. It’s got the perfect balance, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Remember, if you have Netflix, this movie is available on there.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ /5