by Adam Riske
As always, these are listed in order of my least favorite to favorite.
Hook) and I don’t see kids liking it either because it’s slow, bleak and grown-up.
Rating: 1.5/4 Riskes
Rating: 1.5/4 Riskes
A Goofy Movie, Jetsons: The Movie, and DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp.
Rating: 3/4 Riskes
Spike Lee fan and I think this is his best movie since Inside Man and maybe even 25th Hour. I’m glad we have such a humanistic filmmaker like him who cares deeply about the morality of his characters and doesn’t sugarcoat his films’ messages. My only gripe with the movie is the through-line of the Adam Driver character (as an undercover Jewish police officer), who explains more than shows his inner turmoil. In the end, though, it doesn’t take away from the great performances and even better filmmaking on display.
Rating: 3.5/4 Riskes
the first Mamma Mia!, but I fucking love Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It has so many things I like: musical numbers, energy, sincerity, beautiful locations, Greek people, actresses whose work I enjoy already only to discover they are great singers too (James and Amanda Seyfried), Andy Garcia, etc. The story is basically “What if we did The Godfather Part II for Mamma Mia!???” but I think it works and the two storylines tie in together nicely. This movie is basically all about an island coming to terms with what a goddess Lily James (Meryl Streep) is, and I was just sitting there like “Yeah.” In the week since I saw the movie, I bought both the soundtrack and ABBA’s Greatest Hits and have just been generally happier as a result. You know how in a romantic comedy when the woman gets kissed so well she lifts one leg in the air behind her? That might be me with this movie. I didn’t like the Cher bullshit, though. Her show-off yodel pipes don’t blend well with Swedish Pop. This movie better be nominated for “Best Popular Film” at the Oscars next year or that category can go screw itself.
Rating: G-D help me, 4/4 Riskes
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