Chris didn’t see Dirty Grandpa, but Dylan sat through Robert De Niro’s latest comedy flop, and gives the lowdown on just how bad it is. They also discuss Oscar diversity. Dylan talks about Son of Saul and a Quay brothers retrospective, while Chris talks about the pilot episode of Billions and The Last Witch Hunter. Next week, we were going to review Jane Got a Gun, but it seems like we will be tackling Michael Bay’s latest, 13 Hours.
Whimsy and beautiful animation is often not enough to carry a film beyond its initial couple of minutes – which is something that The Little Prince tackles directly. Opening with muted colours and a child with her whole life planned out, the film explores what it means to be a child and adult alike. Even with deeper explorations of themes than most family films, this is still a wild adventure that makes up for a lack of subtlety by the time it reaches its heartwarming conclusion.
There is no single way to deal with grief. Tragedies happen at specific times under specific circumstances that no one can control. It makes sense then that Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) seems like an apathetic, soulless husband when his wife dies in a car crash and he becomes fixated on getting money back from a vending machine that never gave him his candy. This weird fixation is one of the many things that Jean-Marc Vallée‘s latest film Demolition, offers as a form of comedy but drops when it might have to struggle with the dramatic weight of it.