Category: Comedy

“On the Count of Three”

7.2

Nothing like the threat of impending death to motivate one to live their best life, I guess… But instead of the usual terminal illness, this is a suicide pact. Not going to sugarcoat it and want to warn you upfront. It’s one of the strangest movies of the year by a long shot, but also a fascinating character study.

* PSA: If the trigger warnings missed the boat, always good to be aware that the National Suicide Prevention hotline can now be reached by dialing 988 in the United States.

“Bullet Train”

8.2

Guy Ritchie – Lite.

I am absolutely loving Bradd Pitt’s wandering into highly variable roles lately! He absolutely kills it in this. The action-comedy is a tough balance to strike in order to not fall into either too-uptight or going full “Naked Gun.” This film threads the needle extremely well, and keeps you guessing even after the credits roll. I still wasn’t positive the movie was over, waiting for one more narrative twist. Well directed action and well rounded characters, with a nice weaving of mystery in and out of the plot, as the story and the train go off the rails. Chef’s kiss, some of the most fun I’ve had in the cinema all year!

“Deer Camp ‘86”

6.9

Living in Northern Michigan, I hadn’t been this excited for a hunting movie since “Escanaba in da Moonlight.” My excitement was rewarded with a thoroughly ridiculous, entertaining, funny, sometimes terrifying tale of our band of merry misfits in a Bronco here. I’m pretty sure I’ve met a version of every one of these guys, probably in the past month.

Technically speaking, this film felt very “Evil Dead” for me. Some fantastic camera work, and use of the surroundings in building tension and upping the creep factor. Just enough special effects to add to the experience, without getting silly. A well balanced horror film!

A perfect movie for the Shudder family, and I hope to be able to rewatch it on streaming soon. Shout-out to the Vogue Theater in Manistee for bringing this to the public, and for their film slate always having variety. Can’t wait for special event screenings to make a full comeback!

“The Menu”

7.7

It’s “Midsommar” meets “Chef.” And yes, that’s just as strange of a combination as it sounds.

First and foremost, Anya Taylor-Joy ❤️. I will watch anything she’s in. So naturally, my butt was in a seat. Then, they pit her against Voldemort himself, Ralph Fiennes. Fireworks. A masterclass in mysterious contention and connection. The kinship bordering on villainy is something truly special on the silver screen.

Warning – you’ll find yourself laughing more than expected. The comedy tag here isn’t by mistake.