What’s On The Grill? September 19th – September 26th

Welcome Exiles to this week’s  What’s On The Grill?, the weekly mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.

This week on the grill: One of the best heist films, one of the worst assassin films, a low budget mind trip, and another movie from a franchise I won’t apologize for loving.

 

Thief (1981)

“Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.”

4.5/5- You know that part in Inception when Leo is talking about how you never remember the beginning of a dream? That’s what Thief feels like. Like a sequel or just a continuation of a story where we feel comfortable with the characters like we already know them and the events that are taking place. There is not a lot of movies that can pull this off except for the great ones. James Caan at his best as a real man’s man and heist professional. This a slick visual character study that happens to be in a solid heist film. Mann does a phenomenal job of blurring the lines of good guys looking like bad guys, the bad guys looking cool and the crook being an anti-hero.  The score helps build tension even when it seems like nothing of significance is even happening on the screen and then when the music fades away the meat of the movie does the talking. Skillfully done by Mann. Highly recommended.



Assassins (1995)

“Professional hit-man Robert Rath wants to fulfill a few more contracts before retiring but unscrupulous ambitious newcomer hit-man Miguel Bain keeps killing Rath’s targets.”

2/5- I remember liking this a lot more back in 1995 but I was 15 so what did I know. With Antonio Banderas’ overacting and Sly’s stoic expression with constant talking to himself to help provide context and a long run time that could have used 30 minutes trimmed of and some ridiculous logic just makes this a really bad non-action action movie. Hey so you figure out the briefcase you are holding has a bomb in it, what do you do? You drive further along to go down an alley to conveniently find a dumpster to get out the car and throw it in, get back in the car drive off right before it blows up. Oh about this one, have you ever seen where the villain does the famous villain monologue before killing the “hero” but he is talking to himself? I could go on and on like this movie did but there is just too many to point it out. Julianne Moore is adorable as ever though.

 


The Endless (2017)

“Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.”

3.5/5- Not in love with this as most others are. It has a lot going for it for a low budget sci-fi film. Solid cinematography and performances. Enjoyed the Lovecraftian flair but also comes off as bland. Seemed about 15-20 minutes too long with an unsatisfying ending for me. If you enjoy mind trippy type movies this one is worth a watch.

 


Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)

“The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.”

3.25/5- Oh the weeding one! Yay!!! The moment we have all been waiting for! Other than the talking werewolves, this is another fun entry with an unexpected and somewhat horror filled final act. Looking forward to franchise finale.

 


TV Watched-

Maniac- Episodes 1-5

“Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.”

I can’t make heads or tails of this show yet. It’s very odd. Interesting to see where it goes and ends up because I have no clue at the moment. Jonah Hill is annoying though. 

 


Ozark- Season 2 Episodes 6-10

“A Chicago-based financial advisor relocates his family to the Missouri Ozarks when his dealings with a drug cartel go awry.”

A strong finish to season 2. Laura Linney was the star of the second half of the season. Twist and turns around very corner. The Ozark “world” is expanding without feeling clogged.

 


The Goldberg’s- Season 1 Episodes 18-23

Every time I watch this show it just makes me want to go back to the 80’s and live that decade on a loop. Best Decade EVER!!!

 

That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!

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