In Bright Axiom is one of the more odd documentaries I’ve ever encountered. Not necessarily in presentation as it is relatively conventional in documentary presentation. No, it’s odd because at times you can’t really tell what is real and what is part of the fantasy world of the subject of the documentary, the bizarre living game cum cult experience, The House of Latitude. What is The House of Latitude? Let’s explore…
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a bizarre misfire. Disney spent nearly $200 million dollars on this sequel, and while all of that is definitely on the screen in opulent production design, costume, and high level CGI, the story is absent and the narrative is bizarrely inert. Much like another over-priced Disney sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, story and character are secondary to lavish but empty visual spectacle.
As a fan of Jeff Bridges, the star of my favorite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski, I often ponder his career, what he's done and will do next. As the 30th anniversary of the release of 1989s The Fabulous Baker Boys approached, I began to wonder why no one ever talks about this nightclub romance with Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff acting alongside his IRL brother, Beau.
I can say this for the new phone based slasher movie A.M.I: It's better than the equally phone obsessed nationwide theatrical release, Jexi. A.M.I is a courageous, artistically limited new horror movie that recently debuted on Netflix, timed to coincide, I assume, with the release of the Adam Devine comedy Jexi. Both films are about young people whose phone is related to their parental issues.
Crimes and Misdemeanors perfectly captures the ability of a perfectly mediocre, rich, white guy to get away with just about anything. Spoilers ahead, the movie is 30 years old, you've had your chance to see it. The film stars Martin Landau as an ophthalmologist who has his criminal brother, played by Jerry Orbach, hire someone to kill his mistress, played by a slumming Anjelica Huston.
I should have known better than to try and think positive thoughts about Jexi. I should have approached it with the disdain with which the trailer had instilled within me. I should have been skeptical of my recent less than averse feelings for Adam Devine. Instead, I tried to be positive. I tried hard to go in and laugh. It was not worth such effort.