Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel culminates in one of most viscerally exciting displays of combat on screen I have seen in some time. It’s really a sight to see and worth the price of admission. While there are a few other battles sequences throughout the film, it’s not a sweeping epic akin to Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and the like. The other battles are very, very brief. The rest of the film leading up to the titular last duel centers around…
No, this is not John Wick with a pig. Nicolas Cage does not go on an all out unhinged revenge tale, but there’s undoubtedly the feeling throughout that he could…..at any moment. But when that stored potential energy never releases—never boils over, and instead unfurls a tale of irretrievable loss, you’re left only with your own bewilderment….and sadness.
A wonderfully somber performance from Cage with excellent support from Alex Wolff. It’s an unexpectedly moving story about sorrow and grief, but one of the best films of the year….if you’re ready to be sad.
Degrees of Kevin Bacon: 1
Alex Wolff and Kevin Bacon in Patriots Day
Jake Gyllenhaal has talent, that’s for sure. His character, however, is a terrible 9-1-1 operator and appears to be a terrible police officer as well. It’s just nearly impossible to empathize with his character in any regard which makes the film feel kind of lifeless. The call that he gets wrapped up in, despite a decent twist near the end, is full of contrivances along the way.
I haven’t seen the original Danish film that this was based on and…
Good God, this movie is nuts (although, about an hour in, it does get a little less nutty 😉).
Sometimes I feel like the terms wild and bonkers get thrown around a little haphazardly. But when I heard those descriptors being used in the initial reviews of The Prisoners of the Ghostland…..they weren’t lying. A Samurai-slash-western-slash-post-apocalyptic-slash-Nic Cage movie is actually much crazier than even that sounds. Unfortunately, the end result is a very mixed bag. The visuals at times look…
Wow! What a wild final act. I was expecting this to be kind of a throw away horror movie. From the day and date release on HBO Max to the vague trailer that seemed like it was trying to just mimic the Stranger Things nostalgia vibe, I didn’t have very high hopes for this. Well, James Wan delivers again. There are so many different horror influences at play here from all different eras, though it does feel particularly tied to…
I rewatched the original Candyman recently to get ready for this one….and I am really glad I did. This leans into the events of the first one heavily, in the best way possible. It’s certainly not required to enjoy this one, but if you have an appreciation for the original, it will enhance your enjoyment of this one.
Nia DaCosta’s direction is excellent. There are some really great shots and some creative use of mirrors and reflections throughout. The opening in particular…