The Rhythm Section
Loren: Yeah this isn’t treading any new ground but I could get into it. A more serious version of Peppermint, without the Lady Punisher stuff. A solid maybe.
Rick: This is just the action movie version of In the Fade, a movie I can’t recommend highly enough (and got snubbed for an hugely deserving Oscar nod). I’m not saying I wouldn’t give this a watch if I need an action fix, but this is still treading very familiar ground.
Jen: I have no interest in movies that use losing a child as character motivation – it feels like that rules out 90% of films these days.
AJ: Looks a little Peppermint’ish, yes? But I actually liked that movie whereas most did not. I just love ass-kicking women. Also, I became a bigger Blake Lively fan after A Simple Favor. I’ll probably check this out with tempered expectations.
Gretel and Hansel
Loren: Why did they use the Orion logo from 1987? Anyway that looks pretty damn good for a take on a classic fairy tale. But as we all know, Grimm fairy tales were way more fucked up than the Disneyesque versions we were given as kids.
Rick: This gets all the points for atmosphere and the claustrophobic 1.33:1 aspect ratio, but it seems like a bit of a stretch to make this a feature. At first blush it would work better as a two-reeler short. I’ll give it a curiosity-watch if the reviews are any good.
Jen: Creepy! Also, don’t search “creepy” as a term on giphy. It’s… upsetting.
AJ: It’s cutting edge this time because they put GRETEL first, see??? But seriously, this looks hella creepy and no thank you.
Loren: I’ve said for a while now that Mafia movies don’t really do anything for me then add in the foreign language element and I’m pretty much out from the get go.
Rick: To answer AJ’s question, it’s not the first movie about Buscetta. There’s one from 1999, a miniseries from 2007, and a documentary came out last year. I can’t say I have any interest in this story, but if I did I think I’d rather watch the doc or read up on it than sit through this movie.
Jen: That looks like it was made in the 70s, which I think, was the intention. And they succeeded. Other than that, I have no feelings on this one.
AJ: I love mob stories. Is this the first time someone’s made a movie about Tommaso Buscetta? That would surprise me…. I’m trying to keep this spoiler free because I know how his story panned out in real life… Anyway, yes, I want to see this. (And thank you, Rick.) Continue reading