Movies, Movies, Movies!

The Great Hack, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and Clemency:

The Great Hack
Pair it with The Edge of Democracy and Knock Down the House for a triple feature of 2019 Netflix documentaries about modern political elections. As for The Great Hack specifically: it’s a 101 on Cambridge Analytica, with only fleeting moments (most involving Brittany Kaiser, a figure multi-faceted enough to sustain her own feature-length dissection) that grasp the humanity undergirding this informative primer.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
The “people/heart over technology” ending is rich (pun intended) coming from the franchise that flipped The Fast and the Furious into this off-the-CGI-rails joyless ride, a transformation that rather perfectly reflects Hollywood’s trajectory over the course of the 21st century. Fast and Furious might look bigger today, but let’s just say the “the’s” weren’t the only things lost in the blockbusterification.

Now how about we play a game called “Why is the first John Wick the worst John Wick?” Perhaps the answer can be found by looking at the co-directors’ respective careers since then:

Chad Stahelski went on to do the superior John Wick: Chapter 2 and the superiorer threequel.

David Leitch left The Continental for…Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Hobbs & Shaw.

I think we know whom to blame (among many other factors) for the first Wick’s iffiness!

Ticking clocks underscoring trailers is so played out:

[This is where I’d embed the trailer…but it’s not online yet! Guess you’ll have to roll the dice at a local theater to see…er…hear what I’m talking about!]


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