Us, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is a film with an initial concept that’s so interesting, and a first act that has you so tense, that it draws you into an experience that you prepare to be eagerly unsettled by. But the more the film progresses and the more it unravels, the less I found myself wanting to engage with it or even care about it. Peele certainly has a distinctive style and is still a creator that I find myself excited to see more from, but when it comes to his films, I still find myself struggling to connect with his writing or his directing. I’m really interested to talk about Us, so let’s be done with the introduction and make our way into the review. Read more
This year’s best picture category has some incredible films – seriously, this is such a strong year. I’ve been doing this for a long time; seeing every film nominated for best picture, reviewing them and then ranking them, and 2018 is the year in which I have had the most difficulty trying to rank the films (I’ve reordered my list over a dozen times; never feeling fully confident in my ranking of them). I could easily and happily give six of the films on this list the top spot. They all in different ways and for different reasons deserve the number 1 spot. So, it has been really challenging for me to try to figure out an order that saw nearly every film landing in the right spot on the list.
I think I’ve finally done it… I think I’m now comfortable with where each film has landed on the list. But I know that because of how good so many of these films are, that many people will ultimately disagree with my ranking. I want you to know that it pains me to have to give some of these films lower rankings – but what would be the point in listing them if I was just going to give most of them the top spot. So, let’s get past this rambling section where I try to justify my ranking, and get on with the reason you clicked on this piece in the first place. Here is my ranking of the best picture nominations. Read more
Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele, has you hooked by its unsettling mystery and oddball characters. This is one of those films that never really allows you to relax or feel at ease. At all times there is that hint of tension; there is the worry of some impending horror. For someone who is most known for his comedy chops, director Jordan Peele is able to effortlessly keep you on edge and playing his game. But when it all unravels, and some of the more interesting decisions become ever more present, I found myself feeling ever so slightly disappointed. The best way to break it all down is to get on with the fuller review. So let’s do that. Read more