Sacha Baron Cohen, also known as Borat Margaret Sagdiev, came back to America this year to film a documentary in which Borat would bribe President Donald Trump with Kazakhstan’s national treasure: Johnny The Monkey. Unfortunately, the great film producer and primate was eaten alive by Borat’s daughter Tutar, played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, during transport from Kazakhstan to America.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Frances and Isabelle Huppert as Greta, Neil Jordan’s Greta follows the story of a young, naive girl who falls into the psychotic trap of a lonely, old woman living in New York. While Huppert delivers an excellent performance and the film makes an interesting connection between the psycho-thriller and rape culture, Moretz’s performance and an exhausting plot rendered most of the film unconvincing and frustrating.
Over the summer, the blockbuster Incredibles 2 hit theaters everywhere and it was an absolutely amazing movie I did not know I needed. First of all, they addressed the ending of the previous movie where the Underminer tries to take over the city. Even though he is not the ultimate villain of the movie, I thought the way the film used Violet losing her mask as one of its many plot points was pretty cool. It made us wonder what would happen if someone saw her in the mask. It was super dramatic, so go watch it (#nospoilers).
Here is a hot (and probably unpopular) take: the movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is overrated.
Eighth Grade, a movie that accurately depicts the lives of middle school students, is rated R, meaning that actual middle school-aged teenagers need to have accompanied by an accompanying parent or adult guardian to see it. I saw Eighth Grade with my little brother who just graduated from eighth grade. At the local theater where we saw it, they had a new sign reiterating the establishment’s prohibition policy, obviously a result of teenagers wanting to see the movie. Interest among teenagers across the country led the studio behind the film to offer special free all-ages screenings in all fifty states, which had so many young attendees that some theaters had to quickly add second screenings to accommodate them. The movie has gone from being shown in four theaters nationwide a few weeks ago to over a thousand theaters this week.
It even replicates Harrison Ford
From Up On Poppy Hill is pretty good for a movie without a plot