Two quickie reviews for two 2017 movies that I finally saw. Then I’m going to focus on reviewing movies with at least one Oscar nomination (Kong: Skull Island has one nomination so I guess I’m kind of starting today). Next week I’ll review The Shape Of Water, Darkest Hour, and hopefully both Lady Bird & I, Tonya if I manage to see them after they’re released tomorrow. Oh, and tomorrow I’ll finally review The Greatest Showman (nominated in the Best Song category).
Good Time (2017)
Directed by Ben Safdie & Josh Safdie
Written by Josh Safdie & Ronald Bronstein
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Safdie, Barkhad Abdi, Buddy Duress, Taliah Webster, Necro
Music by Oneohtrix Point Never
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb)
After a heist goes awry, a bank robber spends a night trying to free his mentally handicapped brother from being sent to Riker’s Island prison.
Good Time is one of those films that’s quite good but soooooo extremely “indie” that there’s absolutely no one in real life who I could recommend it to. Only you movie bloggers! 😉
So it appears this was directed by two filmmakers who are brothers & one also does the writing while the other also does the acting (in this case, playing the mentally handicapped brother of Robert Pattinson). This is certainly no Twilight! It’s good to see Pattinson in something so different. He does very well in this as a complete fuck-up who clearly loves & wants to take care of his brother despite not knowing at all what’s actually best for him.
I don’t really know what to say about this. You’ll either like its indie style or you won’t. Stuff happens but it’s the meandering sort of storyline that’s so common in indie films. The way that Pattinson’s character does absolutely everything wrong when it comes to his choices in life was amusing. I liked his brother (played by director Ben Safdie) and you really can’t help but kind of want things to work out for these two bumbling criminals. Oh! But, more than anything, I really liked the electronic score done by Oneohtrix Point Never. I’m a sucker for a good score & I know that really helped me to like this movie a little more than I otherwise might have. It kind of brought It Follows to mind. A good score is very important, filmmakers! Well done Safdie brothers & Oneohtrix Point Never.
My Rating: 7/10
**Forgot to say Jennifer Jason Leigh is barely in this. Damn. I like her.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Based on King Kong by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John C. Reilly
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Set in 1973, the film follows a team of scientists and a US Army unit recently withdrawn from the Vietnam War who travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific and encounter terrifying creatures and the mighty Kong.
Speaking of good music in a film, Kong: Skull Island has this as well. This time, though, it was a kick ass soundtrack as opposed to the score (I can’t recall the score). The soundtrack was easily my favorite thing about this movie. What is it with Vietnam-era songs?? I love the angry songs from that time in history. Warning: I’m going to go off on a short non-movie-related rant here. Throughout history, the worst times for the human race have often resulted in fantastic music being made. People pour their hearts into their art during the most desperate times. So… Why does music FUCKING suck nowadays? Hmm?! The world is completely fucked up right now so where’s the great music as a result?????? I’ve wondered this for a while now.
Okay – let’s talk about this movie. It really kind of sucked. I hated it at first. I was mega tired & attempted to watch it & zonked out about 30 minutes in. I remember muttering something like “can’t they make a good monster movie….zzzzzzzz…..snore…….”. Then I tried again and still thought it sucked but kind of enjoyed it in a guilty pleasure sort of way. I think this was mainly thanks to (besides the soundtrack) John C. Reilly. Easily the best character. It took far too long to finally introduce him! No wonder I fell asleep the first time.
Oh. I suppose I should mention the monsters??? MonsterSSSS (plural). Was Kong not enough?! What’s with people these days? Never satisfied! I thought Kong was done quite well. And he was a far more developed character than all those random army guys who were there just to die in entertaining ways. Kong was cool – I think I could be friends with that dude. This movie really did improve in the second half (more Reilly & more Kong). So. I dunno. I enjoyed it yet thought it was a pretty bad film. Fun but bad. Like Road House! No. Wait. Road House is fucking awesome. That’s an 8/10 goodbad movie. Kong isn’t bad enough nor good enough to be goodbad. I’m making no sense. I’m mega tired again.
Awesome Vietnam songs! Black Sabbath & David Bowie! Holy shit! John C. Reilly great. Kong very good. Too many monsters spoil things (ONE other big monster to fight Kong is all we need). Rest of the characters extremely weak, especially all those random army guys. But I still always like having Samuel L. Jackson in a movie so that was a bonus. I enjoyed it more than Godzilla (2014). But I have to say that the best monster movie I’ve seen recently is definitely Colossal.
My Rating: 6/10
From the soundtrack: Time Has Come Today by The Chamber Brothers
I’ve been on the Twilight discovery path lately so was debating on Good Time for the past week. Glad to hear that you liked it. I love really indie stuff so seems up my alley and I’ll probably check it out after this review. 🙂
Hope you liked Good Time if you’ve seen it by now! 🙂 It’s one of those that’s hard to recommend… People will like it or hate it. I did like it.
I know Kong was kind of a throw away movie for many. I really went for it as crazy big-budget entertainment. Nice entry into their monster universe.
Yeah, I enjoyed Kong even though I can’t say it was exactly “good”. A fun blockbuster, though! I’d watch a sequel (which the end credits clearly set up) 🙂
As a sci-fi fan since childhood and reading sci-fi that was older than myself back in the 70’s and 80’s, when I started reading, I kind of got a kick of the shout out to the old ‘hollow earth’ novels. I find it interesting what different people get hung up on in movies. For myself, I took issue with the fact that a place at risk of attack by giant animals would be able to produce a civilization that would reach a cultural level to produce the ruins they find. I felt like something there didn’t jive. There seemed a disconnect on a number of levels with the people there, the ruins there, and a few other things. But I was just after a Saturday afternoon, ‘popcorn’ movie and it offered that so I was satisfied. I was never a fan of the original King Kong. So I ended up liking it, mostly.
Yeah, it’s a fun film but actually kind of a BAD film… 😉 I did have fun with it. I was more annoyed that it was so OTT on the monsters. Was just Kong not enough??
I think you’re making perfect sense with Skull Island. It’s exactly like that. I was kind of annoyed by it as it was not good enough but still kind of entertained. And those songs!!!
Glad to hear from another person who… Kind of liked Skull Island while still recognizing that it kind of sucked? 😉 lol. Love those songs! 🙂
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