So after a week where nothing came out for movies (at least in the village where I live), this week there were TWO releases. I had my choice between Mortal Engines and Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse. I wanted to see both, they both looked wonderful. But a quick hop on Rotten Tomatoes showed me that they were not equal – Spiderman was at 98% or so, Mortal Engines was at 35%. So did I want to gush over a doubtlessly flawless movie or did I want to write about a dumpster fire? Well you see what I chose. I went in with super low expectations and was delighted by what I saw. Read more
The true story of the heroics of Pfc. Desmond Doss is nothing short of incredible, unreal, and every other superlative you can come up with. Director Mel Gibson (Braveheart) admirably tells Doss’s story in Hacksaw Ridge, a powerful war drama steeped in grace from its main character and horror from its battlefield sequences. Hacksaw Ridge does not shy away from its unwavering principles in a time where the world was tearing itself apart. While it might feel clichéd at times, the cast of Hacksaw Ridge elevates those moments and give balance to a war drama that doesn’t need to rely solely on war violence to drive the narrative. War dramas are a dime a dozen, but Hacksaw Ridge is without a doubt the best war drama in recent memory and the first movie of the fall that could (and should) generate some Oscar buzz.