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.
It has been almost a year since I wrote my first WOTG? post after Mr. Sailor Monsoon talked me into taking over the sometimes weekly post. I had never really written anything before where people outside of friends and family could read. I’m not a nervous person but there was fun anxiousness to put myself out there and share my thoughts on something I love. I genuinely enjoy talking and debating movies, so I’m very appreciative of FilmExodus and the community for letting me share with you guys this past year.
I took WOTG? in as my baby and looked forward to posting each week. I was eager to read your comments and engage in conversation with you guys. I hope y’all got some kind of entertainment out of my ramblings and I didn’t piss you off that much when I disliked some of your treasured movies like the Harry Potter series. Or maybe I just gave your miserable existence just enough to feed your troll heart by being able to click on the sad reaction emoji every single post.
Sadly or maybe happily for some of you, this won’t just be my last WOTG? post but it will be my last post altogether here on FilmExodus. I had an absolute blast writing here over the past year doing some horror reviews, the Horrific Scenes from Non-Horror Movies series, some lists, The Movie Madness Tournament and even some news. I have to say my personal favorites were my Top 100 Most Annoying and Hated Movie Characters and the Movie Madness Tournament.
A big shout out to Duke for all his help throughout the past year. Being such a newb, I bounced a lot of ideas and questions off of him and he was there to help a brother out. If I cared enough, I would have nightmares about him yelling at me for not italicizing movie titles the right way. Duke, take this in and enjoy it because this will be the only time I say anything nice about your annoying ass.
Again, I want to thank you all for your positive and even some negative comments over that past year. I even hope to run into some of y’all down the road on the interwebs. If you are on Twitter and would like to see what I’m going to be up to or want to chit chat, you can follow me @vincentkane13.
Okay enough of this mess. Let’s get to what we watched this week!
The Star Chamber (1983)
“Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.”
2.5/5- This was about as bland as you can get from a courtroom drama and “thriller” movie. I’m just not that big on Michael Douglas and this was paint by numbers till I didn’t care about what was happening anymore.
Leave No Trace (2018)
“A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.”
4/5- Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie just kill it here. Their chemistry as father and daughter really help sell the quiet moments and the dramatic ones. Gorgeous setting but your focus never leaves the main two characters. I highly recommend this.
Inherent Vice (2014)
“In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.”
3.5/5- Paul Thomas Anderson films are so hit or miss with me it’s frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, I think he is a great director but this just didn’t connect with me. Nothing was really all that engaging to pull me into what was going on and Phoenix isn’t an actor I automatically love whatever he is doing so that didn’t help. Being set in the 70’s didn’t knock my socks off either. PTA’s direction and style was great per usual and I think there were some solid performances which is why it gets a passing grade. Josh Brolin was fun.
Paddington 2 (2017)
“Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.”
Incomplete/5- I started watching this last night about 30 minutes after it started and watched about 30 minutes of it. I hated every single minute of what I saw. I do plan on going back to watch to get a better sense of the whole movie. However, I don’t think it will help. Got to love the message it sends to kiddies about prison being the sweetest place on earth to spend time after committing a crime.
What We Do in the Shadows- S1, Ep 1-3
I’m enjoying this so far and look forward to more. The movie is one of my favorite horror, meta, mockumentary, comedies and the show is holding it’s own to accompany the original. The addition of a energy vampire is a nice touch. Mark Proksch is so mundane and boring it just cracks me up. He gives that The Office type awkwardness to the show.
That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!
Tell us about what YOU’VE been watching lately in the comments below! Any great shows that caught you off guard or movies that rocked your world?
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