Friday, June 8, 2018

Ocean's 8

My View:  Ocean’s 8  (2018) PG-13  Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) puts together an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at the New York City yearly Met Gala. Sandra Bullock plays the sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven - Twelve, Thirteen) and she has just spent the last six years plotting how to steal a legendary diamond neckless at the toughest ticket to get, the Met Gala. I liked this film as it has some nice twists and turns, a couple that I didn’t see coming. The problem with this film is there isn’t any chemistry between Bullock and Cate Blanchett, the two leaders of the heist. What made Ocean’s Eleven work and so much fun was the sparkly chemistry between George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The other cool thing about Ocean’s Eleven is we get to see them run through the heist and fail, a lot which creates both humor and tension. In Ocean’s Eight we don’t see them run through the heist, so there is a lot less tension when they start the heist. I did like the humor of the film. There is a hilarious scene where Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling have to keep coming up with lies to see and secretly photograph the diamond necklace at Cartier’s. The best performance in the film is Anne Hathaway who plays a full of herself actress that they dupe into wearing the necklace. Hathaway is brilliant in the role and makes this film a blast to watch. By the way, there are a ton of cameos from both the fashion and acting worlds. I think you will have a great time watching the gang try and pull off an impossible heist.  My Rating: Full Price   Ocean's 8 Website
My View:  Hotel Artemis  (2018)  R  Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ is a secret hospital. The Nurse (Jodie Foster) runs the emergency room that only takes in criminals. This film reminded me of some of the smaller action films of the 80s, low budget with lots of set up before the big action sequence at the end. The outstanding cast gives it there all with Sterling K. Brown and Jodie Foster leading the pack. Dave Bautista is incredibly funny in the role of the muscle/assistant to Nurse. Bautista has found a way to use his sense of humor in his roles and his scenes were my favorite in the film. Tension builds slowly in this film as we learn about each of Hotel Artemis’s patients. The writing is smart and witty, with some sparkling dialogue. The big action scene at the end is exciting and well choreographed. I enjoyed my time in Hotel Artemis and I hope that we get to visit it or another clandestine hospital in a sequel.  My Rating: Full Price   Hotel Artemis Facebook Page
Indiefest:  Hereditary  (2018)  R  When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter’s (Toni Collette) family starts to experience strange events that become increasingly terrifying.  While there are aspects of a horror film, with scary events and a few 'jump out of the dark' moments, this more of a psychological study of a family that is being ripped apart. The film builds tension throughout the film, taking us on a wild ride to an ending that  I guarantee you will not see coming. Collette is the center of the film, and it’s emotional core, giving a performance that could get her an Academy Award nomination. Be warned; the film is extremely graphic and sometimes gory.  My Rating: Full Price   Hereditary Website
Forgotten Film:  The Abominable Dr. Phibes  (1971)  PG-13  A doctor/scientist (who also plays the organ for inspiration) seeks revenge on the nine doctors Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) considers responsible for his wife’s death. I love this schlocky, low budget horror film. It knows it’s not an arthouse movie and just has fun with the plot. Dr. Phibes kills the doctors in the most bizarre ways (he kills one doctor with bats). Price gives an over the top performance that perfectly fits the film. Joseph Cotton hams it up on the screen as the detective that is trying to catch Dr. Phibes. The film was made by AIP, known for the low budget, drive-in movies. So go back in time when studios purposely made bad movies just for the fun of it.  My Rating: Cable (but in a good way)   The Abominable Dr. Phibes Info  

Weird Credits:  From the credits of Heredity:  Animal Wrangler Ants

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:  Tag  (2018)  R  A group of former classmates get together every year and play the kids game tag. One of the group (Jeremy Renner) who has never been tagged announces that he is quitting the game after this year. The rest of the group vows to tag him finally.  This film could go anyway (bad or good), but the cast is solid, the trailer is hilarious and heck, Jeremy Renner broke both his arms making the film, so I’ll give it a shot.    Tag Website
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