The Patron Saint of Mediocrity
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There’s shockingly a lot that can be said about Cry Macho. A calm takedown of toxic masculinity.
An embracement of universality in art, food, animals, actions and (yes) even film. A long walk for Eastwood to reflect off someone about his long life masked by modern de-aging technological miracles.
But it’s also a film where a rooster named Macho successfully takes down an armed bodyguard and where Eastwood claims the rooster “was really good, beautifully done really, good form.”
I liked Cry Macho, especially in a wonderful middle chunk and a somewhat nice ending.
Shot by Ben Davis
Very little to say here besides “it’s great,” “Alexis Louder is incredible, genuinely star-making,” “the one location restriction works incredibly well,” “it plays with your opinions on people incredibly nicely,” “#ReleaseTheCarnahanCut” and “that my audience was shockingly packed and loved it.”
Dang. Maybe that is a lot to say.
Shot by Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Incredible. Jordan Peele’s followup to Get Out cements that he has many things to say, and can tell them in different, horrific ways. While, yes, this is only his second film as a solo director, it still shows that he is not just repeating what had worked before. The scares in Us are different from the horrors of Get Out, just as the messages are different.
Also Lupita N’yongo gives one of the greatest performances I have seen in horror cinema,…
Like a slam poet, Queen and Slim constantly wants you to know that you are watching it. Overly odd yet beautiful cinematography, Eisenstein-esque editing, abrupt and loud music, powerhouse moments of performance, overly heartbreaking and striking tragedy, and unsubtle, though still effective, subtextual moments.
Queen and Slim is powerful because you can hear it, a protest of thousands of artists coming together, a cry for change, a call to end the oppression that now is just as obvious and loud as the…