To finish up our month of Taika Waititi we talk his most recent film Jojo Rabbit. It’s certainly a weird one, but we love it all the same. The acting is superb, the sets and costumes are powerful, and the comedy works well to offset the rather dark subject matter. We have a few quibbles here and there, but overall this one is a must see and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
We don’t really have much of a “Where Have They Been Doing” other than watching more of What We Do in the Shadows. Turns out we covered most of his other films in the previous weeks.
To celebrate our last week of ScarJo month we’re discussing perhaps one of the worst of the MCU fare, the film that put Scarlett on our radars and Black Widow in our hearts. That’s right, we’re talking aboutIron Man 2. It…doesn’t hold up, but not for lack of trying. You’ve got Robert Downey Jr. in top form, Sam Rockwell killing it as usual, and Scarlett Johansson kicking ass and taking names. You’ve even got Mickey Rourke in there hamming it up as the villain and despite having a bit of a mangled role, he manages to make an entrance.
We also discuss Ghost World and Jojo Rabbit in brief, as well as try to figure out why this month’s selections were all over the map quality-wise. It’s a great episode that wraps up a really fun month.
Our strange ScarJo retrospective takes a turn for the better as we discuss the Jonathan Glazer film Under the Skin. It’s quite a bit different from the other movies of hers we’ve seen this month and it’s a far cry from her more action-heavy roles. The thing is, it works and her performance really makes this thing pop. If anything, the experiential nature of the film loses a bit in the watch from home. We get into that as well as discuss some of the themes that stood out in the movie, so you probably want to hit that play button ASAP.
We continue our trek upward in our month of ScarJo and reach the Luc Besson oddity Lucy, which we didn’t mind as much this time around. Sure, there are a lot of flaws in this film and as soon as we start tugging at those loose threads the whole thing falls apart, but ScarJo is good in this, Morgan Freeman is entertaining, and the car chase sequence is rather exciting (even if she could have just flown over all the cars).
We also discuss The Avengers briefly, and ScarJo’s run as Black Widow. She has fun in the role, but there’s a particular scene that’s a bit of a sticking point for our hosts. Anyway, there’s a lot here so come join us, won’t you?
First Rough Night and then Girl With A Pearl Earring. We swear we didn’t intend to review two clunkers back to back in our month of ScarJo, but here we are. Truth be told, Girl With A Pearl Earring isn’t a bad film and in fact has some really good moments in it. The problem is that everything surrounding those good moments is just…boring. You’ll be happy to know, however, that the painting remains a masterpiece.
We also briefly discuss The Island, from director Michael Bay, and Sing, from Illumination. There’s a lot here, so don’t waste another minute and hit play on this bad boy.
A new month means a new subject for our retrospective series, and this month we’ve chosen ScarJo. That’s right. We’re following the varied career of Scarlett Johansson. First film on the docket: Rough Night, a movie that tests her comedic acumen and finds her wanting. It’s not like her performance is bad, it’s just that she has nothing to do and doesn’t have any moments that really push her to do anything anyone in the world would consider funny. We had a rough time with Rough Night, folks.
This week we’re talking about the big franchise event of the year, featuring a stellar cast and the culmination of years’ worth of buildup. It’s Infinity War! Get ready to see your favorite characters experience CONSEQUENCES and possibly exit the franchise…except not really because holy frick did the upcoming release slate spoil who lives, and this is Marvel we’re talking about so….