Three weeks in a row. Holy crap! Is this a recurring feature now?
On to this week’s viewings.
Titanic – 5*
No, it isn’t James Cameron’s best film but it is still an amazing piece of disaster cinema. Some of the CGI doesn’t hold up great today but the boat flooding and the scenes within as it happens are still phenomenal. And then there is the actual sinking of the legendary ship as it splits in half, few things come close to the spectacle of that sequence.
Assassin’s Creed – 3*
Full disclosure: I am both a fan of the Assassin’s Creed video game series and the present day sci-fi, mumbo-jumbo storyline that plays out in those games. The film mostly sticks to the sci-fi, mumbo-jumbo. I kind of dig that. The scenes in Spain during the Inquisition are great but they don’t overplay them and because of that, I think it works better. Mileage may vary.
The Edge of Seventeen – 5*
The Edge of Seventeen is one of those special movies that just hits all the right notes. Hailee Steinfeld gives a great performance that perfectly captures the angst of a self absorbed teenager. Woody Harrelson is a great foil for that angst as her favorite teacher. And the two together provide some hysterical comedic moments as they work towards getting her head right.
The Void – 3*
The Void is a bundle of awesome ideas that fans of 80s horror would probably love. Unfortunately that bundle of awesome just kind of lies there in the bundle, it isn’t molded into something special. The Void’s inspirations (Lovecraft and Carpenter) are readily apparent but they are never molded into anything more than just glimpses of greatness.
Anyway, that is what I’ve been watching this week. Give me some suggestions for next or let me know what you thought about some of these if you’ve seen them.