Baz Luhrmann is a Mad Man

That’s a good thing. Elvis is a compelling two hours and forty minutes of brilliant visuals that tell a compelling story.

Austin Butler is so compelling I’m sure I’ll see Elvis in whatever his next several roles are.

The unsung hero is Tom Hanks, who disappears and becomes Col. Tom Parker.

Check it out.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One of the things so ultimately unsatisfying about the Star Wars sequels, particularly The Force Awakens, is the accelerated relationships.

Finn, in particular. His character arc seems less arc and more of a squiggle drawn with the artist’s non-dominant hand. There is not enough setup for why he became so devoted to Rey and her cause.

This is in contrast to, say, the Luke and Han relationship in the original trilogy. Safe to say they started out damn near adversarial but won each other over at the end of the first movie.

Then, in The Empire Strikes Back, their easy camaraderie and genuine care for one another was understood. In the years between, the implication of they’d seen some shit” made sense.

The Creator

I’ve wanted to go back and watch Monsters, Gareth Edwards’s first feature, but The Creator moved to the top of the Sunday Afternoon Popcorn Flick” list.

It’s not a bad movie. Indeed, the visuals are spectacular, and the premise is interesting, but there are holes. And I think they knew it. That’s one explanation for the pace: If you move fast enough, you skip over those holes.

All three leads, John David Washington, Gemma Chan, and Madeleine Yuna Voyles, fully commit to the roles.

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