Logan

“The buzz going in was that this was the best movie in the X-Men franchise and that it was unlike anything else we’ve seen from a superhero movie. One of those points I wholeheartedly agree with. The other, not so much.

Yes, it’s very different. I didn’t think that could really be possible, but Logan doesn’t feel like a superhero movie. It’s more along the lines of Mad Max than X-Men. It’s a bleak post apocalyptic survival story that just happens to be about a beloved mutant. And it’s more unapologetically violent than anything we’ve seen from this genre on screen, more like what you’ll find in the darkest of the comic books. Let’s face it, Wolverine was never much of a hero himself, and this film is fitting for his character. I love that we can break the formula of what’s expected for a franchise and deliver something one off and unique. The futuristic timeline was genius since it allows it to exist without upsetting the current mythology.

Then why don’t I agree that it’s the best X-movie? The pacing. That’s become a bigger and bigger pitfall for me lately. While I appreciate streamlined and uncomplicated stories, if it’s too thin, I lose interest. I need the story to move along and do things, and I felt like we weren’t getting a lot of that. There was some incredible character development, but it was such a slow burn that it was difficult to fully appreciate. Everything I talked about in the previous paragraph is lost if the film is putting me to sleep.

I will give another redeeming quality, and that was the child mutant, Laura. Especially when you factor in her grandparentish relationship with Professor X (after seeing this, who wouldn’t want Charles as a Grandpa?). She was one of the toughest and most interesting characters I’ve encountered recently, all the more impressive given her age. I wouldn’t mind continuing her story, as long as all the rest of the elements are there. For me, we were just short of the incredible movie this had the potential to be.

Logan – \m/ \m/ \m/”

Trainspotting

“Today, a coworker said that he was thinking about this movie, but couldn’t remember the title. So he googled “”Scottish heroin movie””.

I don’t understand how this is gonna have a sequel. But with that on the horizon, it seemed a good excuse to revisit this classic. Basically all I remembered from watching it before was Ewan McGregor climbing into a toilet, and that it turns out that Kelly Macdonald is a school girl.

Sooooo the toilet scene is even worse than I remember. And I had some flashes of memory here and there. But as I think happened on previous viewings, I totally spaced out by the second half. So maybe it won’t be as effective of a refresher as I’d hoped, I’m still happy to take any excuse to watch Ewan McGregor!”

Get Out

“Miss me? I ran out of queued up posts and watched movies (bday weekend set things back) but was on track to post something a day or two late. And then I spilled water on my laptop and was without it for a couple days. Got a new one up and running now (farewell Eli; hello Filburt) so I can catch up while all my mp3’s are copying over.

A couple weeks ago, I was discussing horror movies with a friend at church (still not convinced it was the appropriate venue for the conversation, but hey, I’ll talk about movies anytime anywhere). I was explaining how I was picky about horror movies, so she was trying to help me to figure out what makes a good one. The conclusion that I came to was that the best horror movies are about something other than the scares. Exhibit A was how The Babadook is more about fear of being a bad parent than the monster. We had other examples that aren’t coming to mind right now, and we did discuss Saw in depth (again, not sure if it was church appropriate talk). I was very excited to prove that theory with Get Out.

This film is described by writer/director Jordan Peele (yes, as in Key and Peele) as a social thriller. A young black man travels with his white girlfriend to meet her family, and let’s just say he’s out of place and things get weird. This was almost more psychological thriller than horror, especially since there was a whole mental element with hypnosis and general. But going back to the horror hypothesis, oh my god was it true here. The drama of it is absorbing, and would make an interesting enough movie as is. Then it gets layered with the scares and suspense. The emotion of the drama heightens the intensity of the scares, which heightens the intensity of the drama. The two sides feed off each other and it’s a pretty amazing movie experience.

Not to give anything away, but it did fall into a common horror pitfall of having this incredible buildup and then not that great of a conclusion. The ultimate end was satisfying, but much of the inevitable reveal was a little overwhelming. However, that’s completely forgiveable since with a movie like this, it’s the journey that’s important. And this journey was totally worth the trip.

Get Out – \m/ \m/ \m/ \n”