Colman Domingo has more than solidified his place in the world of Fear the Walking Dead. After joining the show in season 2, Domingo has become one of the stalwart characters of the show. Even as friends such as Kim Dickens and Garret Dillahunt have left the series, Colman Domingo has remained and welcomed new characters and expanded his character, Victor Strand in directions that he had never imagined. Now, with season 6 of Fear the Walking Dead underway, Colman is still bringing life to Victor in front of the camera while finding new life for himself behind the camera as a director.
Synchronic is the kind of movie that could have found a niche were it not for COVID-19 destroying so much of the theatrical economy. This sci-fi, time travel flick, starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, has a clever time travel conceit and a performance by Anthony Mackie that likely would have worked at the box office with a good marketing campaign. The film does have a terrific poster, but sadly, COVID-19 will likely limit it’s box office promise. That’s a shame because Synchronic is a movie that deserves a chance to be seen.
There is and has long been, a culture of cool around Sasha Baron Cohen. People just want to be in on Sasha Baron Cohen's joke and explain to everyone how they are in on the joke while so many others aren't. Count me as someone who is not entirely in on the joke. Cohen’s pseudo-documentary - hidden camera prank show- Borat, about a reporter from a backwoods former Russian republic, who traveled to America to learn our culture is funny, often riotously so. But was Borat really a zeitgeist grabbing bit of innovative comedy or was it just Jackass caught in the culture of cool?
I can already hear the whining over On the Rocks. I can hear people saying ‘nothing happens’ or ‘it’s so boring,’ or other such unimaginative complaints. Indeed, On the Rocks has no explosions, it has no special effects and no bombastic, propellant score to rouse your limited attention span. All that On the Rocks has are a pair of masterful performances skillfully directed by one of the most thoughtful and nuanced directors of our age. I don’t understand why that’s not enough for so many of you?
Netflix’s remake of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, Rebecca, is not good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a handsome movie, well staged with two terrific lead actors in Lily James and Armie Hammer. Unfortunately, the writers and director Ben Wheatley let everyone else down by failing to understand what made the original Rebecca a master work that remains relevant and witty to this day.
It is incredibly reductive that when many people think of David Cronenberg they think of Scanners. Scanners isn’t a bad movie, per se, but it should not be the first movie or even the second movie that people think of when they think of a master such as Cronenberg. With movies like The Brood, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence and Videodrome, it says something sad about our culture that people just want to remember an exploding head.