I’ve heard some mentions of The Ritual (2018) lately, nothing really good or bad, but a lot of people just talking about the film as intriguing above all else. For the most part, the hype I’ve been hearing about has been pretty accurate, that this is the best film you’ll see this year, but it has a lot of ideas that will definitely stick with you.
Conceptually, the film is nothing new on any account. The film’s narrative is tightly shrink wrapped in a metaphor of how one handles inescapable memories and regret, feeling the need to have done more, not dissimilar to the film The Monster (2016). What is striking about this film is how it handles the subject matter through some very surreal moments. At times, blending flashbacks with the present to create the sensation of PTSD.
I’m conflicted in that I loved the look of the film and the way the climax of the film was shot, but it was another that had moments where the character development felt way too staged or where I wanted to spend more time with a really crazy thing that was happening. I want to sit at the edge of the cliff and feel like I’m about to fall, yet with The Ritual, I always felt safe.
This film is BEAUTIFUL though. Shot in some incredibly scenic locations, and edited to create a really memorable mood, The Ritual is one that I’d suggest checking out, but not necessarily rushing to see. I don’t think I’ll ever watch it again, though I’m VERY happy I saw it. #theritual#nowwatching#moviereviews#horrorreviews#horror#justhorrorthings
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978): Holy hell, is this movie cracked or what?! Predating films like Airplane! by a few years, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! is a fun send-up of 1950s monster films while also remaining a madcap example of parody. The film doesn’t simply parody one genre; it lampoons anything it can get its tomato-covered hands on. There is nary a moment where something completely zany is happening on screen—for better or worse. This go-for-broke attitude serves the film well in spurts but, as a whole, there are lots of narrative mishaps and the overall impression one gets might not be the most positive. If you enjoy films that wear their hearts on their collective sleeves and appear to be constructed by loving and passionate individuals, look no further! I cannot even begin to explain the specifics of the plot for other than the obvious: tomatoes of various shapes and size, inexplicably, begin attacking and killing anyone they can get at. Director #johndebello wastes no time in getting things going although, to my dismay, we never actually see a tomatoes attack someone in any satisfying manner. What we do get is a massive amount of sight-gags, tons of humorous dialogue, several musical (!) sequences, and lots of 4th-wall breaking insanity (the running gag where we see an advertisement for a store that tracks across the screen is funny stuff for sure). As with most comedy, for every single funny joke, there are several that aren’t as funny. We get absolute gems like the group of military and scientific personal attempting to jam into an incredibly small meeting room (complete with grown men crawling across the table to get to their chairs) which is easily my favorite gag in the entire film but we also get some cringe-worthy racial/ethnic humor that might have played better in 1978 but seems simply too mean-spirited in 2018. The general tone of the film, however, is one of playful mischief and this extends to every. single. element. within the film. It’s all quite stupid but, for the right person, this is a fun enough tribute to a bygone era. #movie_mattinee @oscarwatchpod @samenightmovie
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Killer Joe Review: While movies like Evil Dead were slapped with an NC-17 rating when they originally came out, they have since been downgraded to a R. Killer Joe is the first film I have seen that proudly boast the NC-17 like a true champ, and it most certainly earns that. What else would you expect from the director of the acclaimed and reefed The Exorcist. First off let’s talk character. I love how absolutely grungy and twisted the characters in this film are. The turn around their arcs take them on and their bleak twisted morals make for some truly unforgettable characters. A truly masterful aspect is how our initial protagonist eventually becomes our antagonist and the supposed antagonist becomes our anti-hero. Watching all these characters just exists and make their way through their hick lives is played to perfection. Mathew McConaughey Kills it as the twisted and murderous hit man. I loved how they broke his seemingly most normal character person down to showcase he was no better than anyone else. The romance, the witty dialogue, everything is pristine here. Then there’s the plot, and it’s killer. The movie is a dark comedy thick and thin and it gets really dark and really funny. The humored is without a doubt acquired, but even if it’s not your taste you cannot deny its skill. The story itself is a phenomenal tale of backwoods desperation and how far things can escalate when no one is there to hold these idiots back. The final thing I’ll mention is the style. This movie has a truly striking visual tone that sums up its blue and bleak brutality. Overall Killer Joe is a relentless force of dark comedy at its most deprived and finest, and all in all I can say this is the best performance McConaughey has given in my lifetime. This is one of the best films I have ever seen soupy due to its mastery in the macabre and depraved. 9.1/10