“The Square” a Bizarre Farce with a Message

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire.

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“Suburbicon” a Quirky Murder Mystery

What starts out to be a regular 1950’s retro melodrama becomes a mystery crime drama that should set the audience back on their heels with one surprise after another. Although openly predictable, Suburbicon certainly entertains for the full nearly 2 hours. Much like a 2 hour episode of Fargo, the bungling characters add some dark comedy to the twisted script. Read more

“Get Out” a Disturbing Fright Film

 

Disturbing and provocative the movie Get Out turns up the volume on suspense and terror. One of the better scary films in a long time, the movie challenges you from the very start as to the motives of a family gathering with a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” impression that turns sour. If you like fright films like The Visit the this is your cup of tea. Read more

Wolf, Rings the Bell

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One of the toughest things to do in film making is to take a true story or biography and make it into a comedy.  Called The Wolf of Wall Street, it’s a factual tale that takes you into the underbelly of a corrupt stock broker who swindles huge amounts of money from many investors that were conned into giving up their life savings.  Brought to the screen by the director of some of the most chilling crime films, Martin Scorsese delivers an explosive dark comedy of wit, charm, sex and a lot of drug use.  Read more

Capital, Takes a Wack at Banking

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Attempting to make capitalism a comedy the French movie Capital comes to the screen with a story that looks into the deep dark suspense of a world gone mad.  Using banks as the battleground, we are shown how even the slightest tilt in global finance can cause catastrophe.  Although the film is a fictional narrative, it could be more real than you think. Read more

Thin Ice, A Slippery Plot

It seems like ages since a movie featuring a good cunning tale unraveled on the big screen and I’m happy to say Thin Ice fits the bill.  A smartly written well-acted story with so many twists and turns I found myself wondering, “How did I not see that coming”?  It’s a deceiving, manipulative and funny film played out in a quick tempo that kept me spellbound throughout.

The story centers on Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to increase his business and escape from the Wisconsin snow. A salesman who can sell as long as he can find someone to believe his smooth tongue delivery and there’s money to be had. At a conference where he gives a speech he meets Bob Egan (David Harbor) who gets hired by Mickey to get leads for his insurance business. Read more